What Happened in June 1897

Historical Events

  • Jun 12 Possibly most severe quake in history strikes Assam, India; shock waves felt over an area size of Europe (low mortality rate given size of earthquake, 1,500 casualties)
  • Jun 15 Liberals/social-democrats win Dutch 2nd Parliamentary election
  • Jun 16 A treaty annexing the Republic of Hawaii to the United States is signed; the Republic would not be dissolved until a year later
  • Jun 17 William Frank Powell, NJ educator, named minister to Haiti
  • Jun 19 Wee Willie Keeler's 44 game hitting streak ends
  • Jun 19 11th U.S. Women's National Championship: Juliette Atkinson beats Elisabeth Moore (6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3)
  • Jun 24 Hail injures 26 in Topeka, Kansas
  • Jun 28 Marquis C de Bonchamps' expedition reaches Gore Ethiopia
  • Jun 29 Chicago beats Louisville 36-7 (baseball)

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 3 Memphis Minnie, blues musician, born in Algiers, Louisiana (d. 1973)
  • Jun 7 George Szell, Hungarian-born American conductor (Cleveland Orchestra, 1946-70), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1970)
  • Jun 8 John G. Bennett, British scientist and author, born in London (d. 1974)
  • Jun 11 Bruno Frei [Benedikt Freistadt], Austrian Marxist journalist, born in Bratislava (d. 1988)
  • Jun 12 Alexandre Tansman, Polish composer (Dyptique), born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1986)

Person of interestAnthony Eden

Jun 12 Anthony Eden, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1955-57) and Foreign Secretary, born in Rushyford, England (d. 1977)

British Prime Minister Anthony Eden
British Prime Minister
Anthony Eden

Person of interestPaavo Nurmi

Jun 13 Paavo Nurmi, Finnish middle & long distance runner (9 Olympic gold 1920, 24, 28), born in Turku, Finland (d. 1973)

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • Jun 16 Elaine Hammerstein, American actress (The Midnight Express), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1948)
  • Jun 16 Georg Wittig, German chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1987)
  • Jun 18 Henry Wadsworth, American actor (The Thin Man, Applause, Fast & Loose), born in Maysville, Kentucky (d. 1974)

Person of interestMoe Howard

Jun 19 Moe Howard [Moses Horowitz], American actor and comedian (The 3 Stooges), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1975)

Comedian Moe Howard
Comedian
Moe Howard
  • Jun 20 Cyril "Froggy" Francois, cricketer (South African all-rounder v Eng 1922-23)
  • Jun 20 Elisabeth Hauptmann, German writer (d. 1973)
  • Jun 22 Norbert Elias, English/Dutch philosopher (Process of Civilization)
  • Jun 22 Edmund A. Chester, American broadcaster and journalist (d. 1973)
  • Jun 23 Winifred Wagner-William, German organizer (Wagner Festival)
  • Jun 24 Daniel K. Ludwig, American shipping magnate (d. 1992)
  • Jun 25 Basil Radford, British actor (The Lady Vanishes, Whiskey Galore, Night Train), born in Chester England (d. 1952)
  • Jun 25 Hans Barth, German-born American composer, born in Leipzig (d. 1956)
  • Jun 26 Viola Dana, American actress (Willow Tree, 40 Winks, Silent Lover), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1987)
  • Jun 29 Ottmar Gerster, German composer (rector of the Liszt Music Academy in Weimar), born in Braunfels, Germany (d. 1969)
  • Jun 29 Fulgence Charpentier, French-Canadian journalist, born in Sainte-Anne-de-Prescott, Ontario, Canada (d. 2001)

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 9 Alvan Graham Clark, American telescope maker and astronomer (Sirius B), dies 3 weeks after 1st use of Yerkes 40" lens at 64
  • Jun 22 Ralph Abercromby, British meteorologist, dies at about 54
  • Jun 25 Margaret Oliphant, Scottish novelist and biographer (Beleaguered City), dies at 69