On This Day

What Happened in June 1876

Historical Events

  • Jun 2 Hristo Botev, a Bulgarian poet and national revolutionary, is killed in Stara Planina
  • Jun 3 Lacrosse introduced in Britain and Canada
  • Jun 4 An express train called the Transcontinental Express arrives in San Francisco, California, via the First Transcontinental Railroad only 83 hours and 39 minutes after having left New York City.
  • Jun 5 Bananas become popular in US, at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia
  • Jun 10 10th Belmont: William Donohue aboard Algerine wins in 2:40.5

Historic Event

Jun 11 Republicans pick Rutherford B. Hayes as US presidential candidate

  • Jun 14 1st player to hit for cycle (George Hall, Philadelphia Athletics)
  • Jun 14 California Street Cable Car Railroad Co gets its franchise
  • Jun 15 Sara Spencer (R) is 1st woman to address a US presidential convention
  • Jun 15 Tsunamis after earthquake floods NE coast of Japan, kills 28,000
  • Jun 17 1st to hit 2 HRs; & score 5 runs in 9 inn NL game (George Hall, A's)
  • Jun 17 Battle of Rosebud/Battle Where Girl Saved Her Brother

Custer's Last Stand

Jun 25 Battle of the Little Bighorn: US 7th Cavalry under Brevet Major General George Armstrong Custer wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne warriors led by Chiefs Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull in what has become famously known as "Custer's Last Stand"

  • Jun 27 1st NLer to get 6 hits in 9 inn game (Dave Force, Philadelphia Athletics)
  • Jun 27 Democratic Party elects Samuel Tilden as US presidential candidate
  • Jun 30 Serbia declares war on Turkey

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 2 Hakon Børresen, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1954)
  • Jun 4 Clara Blandick [Clara Blanchard Dickey], American stage and screen character actress (Tom Sawyer; Huckleberry Finn; Wizard of Oz), born on board an American ship in Hong Kong (d. 1962)
  • Jun 11 Alfred L. Kroeber, American anthropologist and author (Anthropologist looks at History), born in Hoboken, New Jersey (d. 1960)
  • Jun 12 Narciso Garay, Panamanian composer, born in Panama (d. 1953)
  • Jun 13 William Sealy Gosset, English statistician (Student's t-distribution), born in Canterbury, Kent, England (d. 1937)
  • Jun 21 Willem Hendrik Keesom, Dutch physicist (helium vast), born in Texel, Netherlands (d. 1956)
  • Jun 22 [Gwendolen] Gwen John, Welsh painter, born in Haverfordwest, Wales (d. 1939)
  • Jun 22 H. Guy Bedwell, American thoroughbred trainer (North American champion in wins x 7; earnings 1918-19; first Triple Crown winner, Sir Barton), born in Roseburg, Oregon (d. 1951)
  • Jun 23 Irvin S Cobb, Ky, writer/humorist (Old Judge Priest)
  • Jun 28 Clara Maass, American army nurse who sacrificed her life at 25 to prove that mosquitoes carry yellow fever, born in East Orange, New Jersey (d. 1901)
  • Jun 29 Nellie Tayloe Ross, American politician and the 1st woman to serve as a governor (Wyoming, 1925-27), born in Saint Joseph, Missouri (d. 1977)

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 1 Hristo Botev, Bulgarian poet and revolutionary, dies at 28
  • Jun 8 George Sand [Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dudevant], French author (Indiana, Consuelo), dies at 71
  • Jun 17 Harriet Scott, American ex-slave, who with husband Dred Scott unsuccessfully sued for their freedom
  • Jun 18 August Rockel, German composer, dies at 61

Santa Anna

Jun 21 Antonio López de Santa Anna, President of Mexico who dominated Mexican history in the first half of the 19th century, dies at 79

  • Jun 25 Boston Custer, brother of George Armstrong Custer, dies at Battle of the Little Bighorn at 27

George Armstrong Custer

Jun 25 George Armstrong Custer, United States Army officer and cavalry commander in the American Civil War and the American Indian Wars, dies at the Battle of Little Bighorn aged 36

  • Jun 25 John Patton, American trumpeter, dies at the Battle of the Little Bighorn at 24 or 25
  • Jun 25 Lame White Man, Cheyenne, dies at the Battle of the Little Bighorn
  • Jun 25 Myles Keogh, US officer, dies at the Battle of the Little Bighorn
  • Jun 25 Thomas W. Custer, brother of George Custer, dies at the Battle of the Little Bighorn
  • Jun 27 Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg, German naturalist and zoologist (micro-organisms), dies at 81
  • Jun 27 Harriet Martineau, British controversial journalist, political economist, abolitionist and life-long feminist, dies at 74
  • Jun 28 August W Ambros, Austria musicologist, dies at 59