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

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Jun 13 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Les vêpres sicilenne" (The Sicilian Vespers) premieres at the Paris Opéra

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
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Giuseppe Verdi
  • 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 Samuel Morris, Australian cricketer (1st black Australian player), born in Hobart, Tasmania (d. 1931)
  • Jun 23 Maude Valérie White, French-born English composer, born near Dieppe, Normandy (d. 1937)

Famous Weddings

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