On This Day

What Happened in June 1895

Historical Events

  • Jun 11 Charles Duryea patents a gas-driven automobile
  • Jun 13 Emile Levassor wins the first automobile race in history the Paris-Bordeaux-Paris, taking 48 hours and 48 minutes (1,178 km)
  • Jun 13 British Open Men's Golf, St Andrews: Englishman J.H. Taylor retains title; beats Sandy Herd of Scotland by 4 shots
  • Jun 17 US Ship Canal (W 225th St) in the Bronx completed; cutting Marble Hill off from Manhattan
  • Jun 20 1st female PhD from an American University, earned by Caroline Willard Baldwin (in Science) at Cornell University
  • Jun 20 Nicaragua, El Salvador and Honduras form a short-lived confederation
  • Jun 21 British Earl of Rosebery's Liberal Party government falls
  • Jun 28 El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua form Central American Union

Historic Event

Jun 28 French painter Paul Gauguin leaves France for Tahiti for the second time

  • Jun 29 Doukhobors burn their weapons as a protest against conscription by the Tsarist Russian government.
  • Jun 29 US National Championship Women's Tennis: Juliette Atkinson beats defending champion Helen Hellwig 6-4, 6-2, 6-1

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 3 Zoltan Korda, Hungarian-British film director (Jungle Book, 4 Feathers), born in Pusztatúrpásztó, Austria-Hungary (d. 1961)
  • Jun 3 Kavalam Madhava Panikkar, Indian statesman and diplomat (Asia & Western Dominance), born in Travancore, British India (d. 1963)
  • Jun 4 Dino Conte Grandi, Italian Fascist politician and delegate to league of nations (1925-32), born in Mordano, Italy (d. 1988)
  • Jun 5 August Baeyens, Flemish composer (Coriolanus), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1966)
  • Jun 5 William Boyd, American film actor, cowboy hero (Hopalong Cassidy), born in Hendrysburg, Ohio (d. 1972)
  • Jun 10 Immanuel Velikovsky, Russian writer (Worlds in Collision), born in Vitebsk, Russian Empire (d. 1979)

Hattie McDaniel

Jun 10 Hattie McDaniel, 1st African American actress to win an Oscar (Gone With The Wind -"Mammy"), born in Wichita, Kansas (d. 1952)

  • Jun 11 Nikolai Bulganin, Premier of USSR (1955-58), born in Gorky, Russia (d. 1975
  • Jun 12 Eugénie Brazier, French chef who was the 1st woman to earn 3 Michelin stars (1933), and the 1st person earn 3 Michelin stars for 2 restaurants, born in La Tranclière, Ain, France (d. 1977)
  • Jun 14 Cliff Edwards, American singer, aka "Ukulele Ike" (Walt Disney's Pinocchio - "Jiminy Cricket"; "When You Wish Upon a Star"), born in Hannibal, Missouri (d. 1971)
  • Jun 14 Louis Finkelstein, American historian and theologist (Pharizees), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1991)
  • Jun 14 Jack Adams, Canadian NHL center, coach and general manager (Hockey Hall of Fame), born in Fort William, Ontario (d. 1968)
  • Jun 17 Slavko Osterc, Slovenian composer, born in Veržej, Slovenia (d. 1941)
  • Jun 17 Louise Fazenda, American vaudeville, and silent and sound screen actress (Mack Sennett comedies), born in Lafayette, Indiana (d. 1962)
  • Jun 17 Sam Wooding, American jazz pianist, bandleader, one of the 1st to tour Europe (Chocolate Kiddies), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1985)
  • Jun 18 Manuela Fernández-Fojaco, Spanish supercentenarian (d. 2009)

Jack Dempsey

Jun 24 Jack Dempsey, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1919-26), born in Manassa, Colorado (d. 1983)

  • Jun 26 Jankel Adler, Polish painter and printmaker, born in Tuszyn, Łódź, Poland (d. 1949)

George Hainsworth

Jun 26 George Hainsworth, Canadian ice hockey goaltender (first NHL goaltender to record 20 shutouts in one season; Montreal Canadiens), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1950)

  • Jun 28 Kazimierz Sikorski, Polish composer, born in Zurich, Switzerland (d. 1986)

Famous Weddings

Ida B. Wells

Jun 27 Journalist Ida B. Wells marries attorney Ferdinand L. Barnett at Bethel AME Church in Chicago

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 15 Richard Genée, Austrian playwright, librettist, and composer, dies at 72
  • Jun 23 Joseph Paul Skelly, Irish-American composer ("Keep The Horseshoe Over The Door"), dies at 44
  • Jun 29 Thomas Henry Huxley, English biologist (comparative anatomy), dies at 70