On This Day

What Happened in June 1885

Historical Events

  • Jun 6 Belmont Stakes: Patsy Duffy aboard Tyrant wins comfortably by 3 lengths from St. Augustine in the fast time of 2:43.00
  • Jun 12 Roof collapse kills 30 at murder trial in France
  • Jun 24 British government of Salisbury forms
  • Jun 24 Samuel David Ferguson becomes 1st US black bishop

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 5 Georges Mandel [Louis Rothschild], French politician and resistance leader, born in Chatou, Yvelines (d. 1944)
  • Jun 7 Percy Brier, Australian composer, born in North Pine, Queensland (d. 1970)
  • Jun 8 Karl Genzken, Nazi physician, Chief of the Medical Office of the Waffen-SS, born in Preetz, German Empire (d. 1957)
  • Jun 12 Werner Erich Josten, German composer (Jungle), born in Elberfeld, Germany (d. 1963)
  • Jun 16 Tom Howard, Irish-American vaudeville and radio comedian (It Pays To Be Ignorant), born in County Tyrone, Ireland (d. 1955)
  • Jun 19 Stevan Hristić, Serbian composer (Legend of Ohrid; Opeleo), conductor (Belgrade Philharmonic, 1923-34; Belgrade Opera, 1925-35), and pedagogue (Belgrade Music Academy, 1937-50), born in Belgrade, Serbia (d. 1958)
  • Jun 20 Andrzej Gawroński, Polish Indologist and scholar, born in Geneva (d. 1927)
  • Jun 22 Milan Vidmar, Slovenian engineer and chess player (d. 1962)
  • Jun 26 Anna Maria Franciska van Wageningen-Salomons, Dutch author (Girl Student), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1980)
  • Jun 27 Artúr Harmat, Hungarian composer, born in Bojná, Hungary (d. 1962)
  • Jun 28 Berthold Viertel, Austrian screenwriter, born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1953)
  • Jun 28 Giuseppe Mulè, Italian composer, born in Rome (d. 1951)
  • Jun 29 André Gailhard, French classical music composer, born in Paris (d. 1966)
  • Jun 29 Virginia Pope, American fashion editor (New York Times), born in Chicago (d. 1978)

Famous Weddings

Woodrow Wilson

Jun 24 28th US President Woodrow Wilson (28) weds Presbyterian minister's daughter Ellen Louise Axson (25) in Savannah, Georgia

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 5 Julius Benedict, German opera composer (Protoghesi), dies at 80
  • Jun 8 Ignace Bourget, French Canadian Bishop of Montreal, dies at 85
  • Jun 16 Wilhelm Camphausen, German painter (b. 1818)
  • Jun 17 Edwin Freiherr von Manteuffel, Prussian Generalfeldmarschall noted for his victories in the Franco-Prussian War, dies at 76
  • Jun 22 Mahdi [Muhammad Ahmed], Sudanese music reviewer, dies