On This Day

What Happened in June 1857

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 Charles Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du Mal (The Flowers of Evil) is published.
  • Jun 2 James Gibbs of Virginia, patents the chain-stitch single-thread sewing machine
  • Jun 5 Walter Woodbury and James Page open photo studio in Batavia (Jakarta)
  • Jun 10 Britain passes an act putting Canada on the decimal currency system
  • Jun 15 San Francisco Water Works organized

Historic Event

Jun 26 The first 62 recipients are awarded the Victoria Cross for valour in the Crimean war by Queen Victoria

  • Jun 27 Bibighar massacre of 120 British women and children following the siege of Cawnpore

Historic Event

Jun 27 James Donnelly becomes engaged in a drunken brawl with Patrick Farrell, who suffers a fatal blow to the head. Farrell dies two days later, which makes James Donnelly a wanted man and draws the Donnelly family into the notorious feud

  • Jun 29 Battle at Chinhat (Indies rebel under Barkat Ahmed beat British)

Famous Birthdays

Edward Elgar

Jun 2 Edward Elgar, English composer (Coronation Ode, Pomp and Circumstance), born in Lower Broadheath, Worcestershire (d. 1934)

  • Jun 2 Karl Adolph Gjellerup, poet (Poutnici Svetem, Nobel 1917), born in Roholte, Denmark (d. 1919)
  • Jun 6 Aleksandr Lyapunov, Russian mathematician (Lyapunov exponent), born in Yaroslavl, Russian Empire (d. 1918)
  • Jun 12 Achille Simonetti, Italian violinist and composer, born in Turin, Italy (d. 1928)
  • Jun 18 Henry Clay Folger, American CEO of Standard Oil and founder of the Folger Shakespeare Library, born in NYC, New York (d. 1930)

Famous Weddings

  • Jun 6 Sophia of Nassau marries the future King Oscar II of Sweden-Norway

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 8 Douglas William Jerrold, British playwright and satirist (b. 1803)
  • Jun 19 Alexander Twilight, American politician and minister, first African American to graduate and hold political office, dies at 61
  • Jun 28 Joseph Fischhof, Czech-Austrian pianist and composer, dies at 53
  • Jun 30 Alcide d'Orbigny, French naturalist, dies at 54