On This Day

What Happened in June 1872

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 6th Belmont: James Roe aboard Joe Daniels wins in 2:58.25
  • Jun 5 Republican National Convention meets in Philadelphia
  • Jun 8 US Congress endorses penny post card
  • Jun 14 Trade unions are legalised in Canada.
  • Jun 18 Woman's Suffrage Convention held at Merchantile Liberty Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 6 Alexandra Feodorovna [Princess Alix of Hesse and by Rhine], last Russian Tsarina (1894-1918), born in Darmstadt, Germany (d. 1918)
  • Jun 20 George Carpenter, 5th General of The Salvation Army (d. 1948)

Paul Laurence Dunbar

Jun 27 Paul Laurence Dunbar, American poet and novelist (Oak & Ivory), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 1906)


Famous Weddings

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

Jun 17 Jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr (31) weds childhood friend Fanny Bowditch Dixwell

Famous Deaths

James Gordon Bennett

Jun 1 James Gordon Bennett, Sr., American newspaper publisher (New York Herald), dies at 76

  • Jun 3 Heinrich Esser, German composer and conductor, dies at 53
  • Jun 4 Johan R Thorbecke, literature/liberal premier, dies
  • Jun 4 Stanisław Moniuszko, Polish conductor, composer (Straszny dwór - The Haunted Manor), and teacher, dies at 53
  • Jun 16 Norman MacLeod, Scottish clergyman (b. 1812)
  • Jun 28 Karl Ludwig Friedrich Hetsch, German composer, dies at 66