On This Day

What Happened in June 1880

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 The first pay telephone service in the United States is installed in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Jun 1 US census is 50,155,783
  • Jun 7 War of the Pacific: The Battle of Arica, assault and capture of Morro de Arica (Arica Cape), that ended the Campaña del Desierto (Desert Campaign).

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 8 Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky delivers an emotional speech at the unveiling of a monument to Pushkin in Moscow

  • Jun 10 Charlie Jones becomes 1st to hit 2 HRs in 1 inning
  • Jun 12 Worcester pitcher Lee Richmond throws first perfect game in MLB history in 1-0 win over Cleveland
  • Jun 14 14th Belmont: L Hughes aboard Grenada wins in 2:47
  • Jun 16 Salvation Army forms in London
  • Jun 17 John Ward, Providence, pitches perfect game vs Buffalo
  • Jun 24 First performance of "O Canada," the song that would become the national anthem of Canada, at the Congrès national des Canadiens-Français

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 28 Australian bushranger Ned Kelly captured at Glenrowan

Leader of the Kelly gang Ned Kelly
Leader of the Kelly gang
Ned Kelly
  • Jun 29 France annexes Otaheite (Tahiti)

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 6 William Thomas Cosgrave, President of the Irish Free State, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1965)
  • Jun 10 Margit Kaffka, Hungarian writer (Colors and Years), born in Nagykároly (d. 1918)

Person of interestJeannette Rankin

Jun 11 Jeannette Rankin, American politician, 1st woman elected to US Congress (R-Montana), women's rights advocate and pacifist, born in Missoula, Montana (d. 1973)

1st Woman Elected to Congress Jeannette Rankin
1st Woman Elected to Congress
Jeannette Rankin
  • Jun 15 Mahlon Hamilton, American actor (Honky Tonk, High School Girl, Mississippi), born at Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1960)
  • Jun 17 Carl Van Vechten, American writer famous for the controversial novel "Nigger Heaven", born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (d. 1964)
  • Jun 19 Jóhann Sigurjónsson, Icelandic writer (Dr Rung), born in Laxamýri, Iceland (d. 1919)
  • Jun 21 Arnold Gesell, American psychologist and pediatrician, born in Alma, Wisconsin (d. 1961)
  • Jun 21 Josiah Stamp, 1st Baron Stamp, British civil servant, industrialist, economist, statistician and banker, born in Hampstead, London (d. 1941)
  • Jun 26 Natalia Brassova, Russian noblewoman, wife of Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia, born in Perovo, Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1952)

Person of interestHelen Keller

Jun 27 Helen Keller, American political activist, author (The Story of My Life) and lecturer, who was the 1st deaf-blind person to earn a BA, born in Tuscumbia, Alabama (d. 1968)

Author Helen Keller
Author
Helen Keller
  • Jun 29 Ludwig Beck, German general (July 20th plot), born in Biebrich, Germany (d. 1944)
  • Jun 29 Harry Frazee, American MLB team owner (Boston Red Sox), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 1929)

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 4 Eugen Adam, painter, dies
  • Jun 5 Jacobus J Cremer, painter/author (Betuwsche Novellen), dies at 52
  • Jun 16 James Southerton, English cricketer (appeared in England's 1st 2 Tests), dies at 52
  • Jun 18 John Sutter, US colonist (gold discovered on his land), dies at 77
  • Jun 28 Texas Jack Omohundro, American frontier scout, actor, and cowboy, dies at 33
  • Jun 29 George Willem Vreede, Dutch lawyer and politician, dies at 71