On This Day

What Happened in June 1855

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 US adventurer William Walker conquers Nicaragua, reestablishes slavery
  • Jun 2 The Portland Rum Riot occurs in Portland, Maine
  • Jun 5 Anti-foreign anti-Roman Catholic Know-Nothing Party's 1st convention
  • Jun 13 Opera "Les Vêpres Sicilenne" is produced (Paris)
  • Jun 17 Heavy French/British bombing of Sebastopol, Crimea: 2,000+ killed
  • Jun 20 Commissioners appointed to lay out San Francisco streets west of Larkin
  • Jun 28 The Sigma Chi Fraternity was founded at Miami University

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 14 Robert M. La Follette, American lawyer and presidential candidate (Progressive), born in Primrose, Wisconsin (d. 1925)
  • Jun 17 Fritz Steinbach, German conductor and composer, born in Grünsfeld, Germany (d. 1916)
  • Jun 22 Sam Morris, Hobart, cricketer (Barbados parents only black Aus player)
  • Jun 23 Maude Valerie White, composer

Famous Weddings

  • Jun 16 Salvation Army founder William Booth marries Catherine Mumford

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 16 John Gorrie, American scientist and inventor (cold-air process of refrigeration), dies at 51
  • Jun 28 Giovanni Agostino Perotti, Italian composer, dies at 86