On This Day

What Happened on June 20, 1894

Historical Events

  • French bacteriologist Alexandre Yersin discovers bacillus responsible for the bubonic plague in Hong Kong (Yersinia pestis named in his honor)

Famous Birthdays

  • George Delacorte, American philanthropist and publisher (Dell Books), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)
  • Lloyd Hall, African-American chemist and pioneer in food chemistry (science of food preservation), born in Elgin, Illinois (d. 1971)

Famous Weddings

James Naismith

Basketball inventor James Naismith (32) weds Maude Evelyn Sherman (23) in Springfield, Massachusetts

1894 Highlights

About June 20, 1894

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 127 years, 7 months and 1 day
Leap Year: No

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Gemini