What Happened in June 1896

Historical Events

  • Jun 2 30th Belmont: Henry Griffin aboard Hastings wins in 2:24.5

Historic Invention

Jun 2 Italian engineer and inventor Guglielmo Marconi applies for the first ever patent for a system of wireless telegraphy in the United Kingdom

Appointment of Interest

Jun 3 British naval officer David Beatty is seconded to the Egyptian government and appointed second in command of the river flotilla

Historic Event

Jun 4 Henry Ford takes his 1st Ford through streets of Detroit

  • Jun 6 Preakness Stakes: Henry Griffin aboard the Byron McClelland trained Margrave wins in 1:51
  • Jun 6 Frank Samuelsen and George Harbo leave NY harbor to row across Atlantic; their 55 day record for rowing was not broken for 114 years
  • Jun 8 First car thief; Baron de Zuylen’s Peugeot is stolen by his mechanic in Paris
  • Jun 11 US Assay Office in Deadwood South Dakota authorized
  • Jun 12 England cricket spin bowler Jack Hearne sets record for earliest date taking 100 first-class wickets in a season when he captures 9-73 for the MCC in an innings & 18 run drubbing of Australia at Lord's

Sports History

Jun 13 British Open Men's Golf, Muirfield: Harry Vardon of Jersey wins first of 6 Open titles by 4 strokes in a 36-hole playoff with defending champion J.H. Taylor

  • Jun 15 Tsunami strikes Shinto festival on beach at Sanriku, Japan; 27,000 are killed, 9,000 injured and 13,000 houses destroyed
  • Jun 16 Temperature hits 127°F at Fort Mojave, California

Historic Event

Jun 17 Polar explorers Fridtjof Nansen and Frederick Jackson meet by chance in Franz Josef Land, the Arctic

  • Jun 20 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Philadelphia CC: Elisabeth Moore beats defending champion Juliette Atkinson 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2

Historic Event

Jun 27 Review of Paul Laurence Dunbar's second book, "Majors and Minors" by William Dean Howells in "Harper's Weekly" brings the poet to national attention

  • Jun 30 William S. Hadaway patents an electric stove in the US

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 6 Italo Balbo, Italian pilot and governor of Libya, born in Ferrara, Italy (d. 1940)
  • Jun 6 R. C. Sherriff, English playwright (Journey's End), born in Hampton Wick, Middlesex, England (d. 1975)
  • Jun 6 Henry Allingham, British supercentenarian and World War I veteran, born in Clapton, London (d. 2009)
  • Jun 7 Robert S. Mulliken, American chemist and physicist (Nobel 1966), born in Newburyport, Massachusetts (d. 1986)
  • Jun 7 Vivien Kellems, American industrialist, who battled the Federal tax system as discriminatory against single people, born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 1975)
  • Jun 7 Imre Nagy, Prime Minister of Hungary (1953-56), born in Kaposvár, Hungary (d. 1958)
  • Jun 7 Douglas Campbell, American aviator and World War I flying ace, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1990)
  • Jun 8 Samuel Gonard, Swiss lawyer and chairman (International Red Cross), born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland (d. 1975)
  • Jun 9 Aura Abranches, Portuguese actress (Lisboa; O Primo Basilio), born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1962)
  • Jun 9 Catherine Filene Shouse, American philanthropist (Wolf Trap Institute), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1994)
  • Jun 16 Jean-Pierre Peugeot III, French auto manufacturer (Peugeot) (d. 1966)
  • Jun 16 Murray Leinster [William Fitzgerald Jenkins], American science-fiction author (Time Tunnel; Land of the Giants), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 1975)
  • Jun 18 Blanche Sweet, American actress (Home Sweet Home, Avenging Conscience), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1986)
  • Jun 18 Cota Ramaswami, Indian cricketer (Davis Cup for India 1922, Test 1936), born in Madras
  • Jun 18 Philip Barry, American dramatist (Philadelphia Story)
  • Jun 18 George Thalben-Ball, Australian-English organist (Birmingham City Organist, 1949-83), and composer (Elegy), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1987)

Wallis Simpson

Jun 19 Wallis Simpson [Duchess of Windsor], American divorcee whom British King Edward VIII abdicated his throne to marry, born in Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania (d. 1986)

  • Jun 20 Wilfred Pelletier, Canadian conductor (Voice of Firestone), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1982)
  • Jun 21 Dorothy Stickney, American actress (And So They Were Married), born in Dickinson, North Dakota (d. 1998)
  • Jun 21 Charles Momsen, American inventor (submarine rescue device), born in Flushing, New York (d. 1967)
  • Jun 22 Francis C Denebrink, US Naval officer (WW I, WW II, Korea)
  • Jun 27 Franciscus J. Feron, vicaris-general of Roermond (d. 1958)
  • Jun 29 Irene Browne, British actress (All at Sea, Peg O' My Heart), born in London, England (d. 1965)
  • Jun 29 Alfred [Harold] Gilligan, English cricketer (English Captain 1929-30), born in Shamley Green, England (d. 1978)

Famous Weddings

George Bernard Shaw

Jun 1 Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw (41) marries Charlotte Frances Payne-Townshend (41) in Covent Garden, London.

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 2 Gerhard Rohlfs, German explorer and ambassador in Abyssinia, dies at 65
  • Jun 7 Pavlos Carrer, Greek composer (Isabella d'Aspeno), dies at 67
  • Jun 7 Wyatt Eaton, Canadian-American artist, dies from tuberculosis at 47
  • Jun 10 Amelia Dyer, English murderer of 300 infants, hanged at Newgate Prison, London (b. 1829)
  • Jun 11 Friedrich Gottlieb Schwencke, German organist and composer, dies at 72
  • Jun 25 Emile A.H. Seipgens, Dutch beer brewer and man of letters, dies at 58
  • Jun 25 Lyman Trumbull, U.S. Senator from Illinois (1855-73), dies at 82
  • Jun 26 Prince Louis, French Duke of Nemours, dies at 81