What Happened in June 1870

Historical Events

  • Jun 4 4th Belmont: W Dick aboard Kingfisher wins in 2:59.5
  • Jun 5 Constantinople fire; 900 die
  • Jun 9 Washington: Presdent Grant meets with Sioux chief Red Cloud
  • Jun 11 1st-stone Amstel Brewery opens in Amsterdam
  • Jun 14 All-pro Cincinnati Red Stockings suffer 1st loss in 130 games
  • Jun 22 US Congress creates Department of Justice
  • Jun 25 Opera "Die Walküre (The Valkyrie)" is produced (Munich)
  • Jun 26 1st section of Atlantic City (NJ) Boardwalk opens

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Jun 26 Richard Wagner's opera "Valkyrie" premieres in Munich

Composer Richard Wagner
Richard Wagner
  • Jun 28 U.S. Congress creates federal holidays (New Years Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day), initially applicable only to federal employees
  • Jun 30 Ada Kepley becomes 1st American female law college graduate (Old University of Chicago, later Northwestern)

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 13 Jules JBV Bordet, Belgian bacteriologist (syphillis, Nobel 1919)
  • Jun 14 Sophia of Prussia, consort of Constantine I of Greece (d. 1932)
  • Jun 17 George Cormack, cereal inventor (Wheaties)
  • Jun 18 Edouard Le Roy, French philosopher and mathematician
  • Jun 21 Clara Immerwahr, German chemist, first woman to be awarded a doctorate in chemistry in Germany, born in Polkendorf, Silesia Province, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1915)
  • Jun 24 Horatio Mbelle, Cape Colony, South African interpreter, community leader and politician
  • Jun 29 Joseph Carl Breil, American composer (Les amours de la reine Élisabeth), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1926)

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 8 Johann Gottlob Topfer, composer, dies at 78

Person of interestCharles Dickens

Jun 9 Charles Dickens, English writer (David Copperfield, Oliver Twist), dies of stroke at 58

Novelist Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens
  • Jun 9 Erik Drake, Swedish composer (Swedish Academy of Music), dies at 82
  • Jun 20 Jules de Goncourt, French writer, wrote with his brother Edmond de Goncourt, dies at 39