On This Day

What Happened in June 1906

Historical Events

  • Jun 3 Belgian King Leopold II claims Congo as his private possession
  • Jun 5 Determined to keep pace with Britain as a major naval power, the German Reichstag passes new navy legislation, increasing the total tonnage in Germany's fleet
  • Jun 6 Paris Métro Line 5 is inaugurated with a first section from Place d'Italie to the Gare d'Orléans (today known as Gare d'Austerlitz)
  • Jun 7 Chicago Cubs score 11 in 1st inning, beating NY Giants 19-0
  • Jun 7 Famous Cunard passenger liner Lusitania launches
  • Jun 9 Boston Beaneaters (NL) end 19-game losing streak beat Cards 6-3
  • Jun 14 Pogrom against Jews in Bialystok, Polish Russia
  • Jun 15 British Open Men's Golf, Muirfield: Scotsman James Braid successfully defends title by 4 strokes from J.H. Taylor of England; his 3rd Open victory
  • Jun 17 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Wimbledon: Laurence Doherty & Reginald Doherty beat Raymond Little & Holcombe Ward 3-6, 11-9, 9-7, 6-1 to give British Isles an unassailable 3-0 lead over US (ends 5-0)
  • Jun 22 Haakon VII crowned King of Norway
  • Jun 23 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Philadelphia CC: Helen Homans beats Maud Barger-Wallach 6-4, 6-3 for her lone major singles title
  • Jun 26 Hongar Szisz wins 1st Grand-Prix (Le Mans, France)
  • Jun 29 US Open Men's Golf, Onwentsia GC: Scotsman Alex Smith wins first of his 2 Open titles, 7 strokes ahead of runner-up and younger brother Willie Smith
  • Jun 29 US Congress pass the Hepburn Act, permitting the regulation of rates charged by railroads, pipelines, and terminals engaged in interstate commerce
  • Jun 30 John Hope becomes 1st black president of Morehouse College

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 30 US Congress passes the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act; these laws owe much to the expose journalism of the period (Upton Sinclair's 'The Jungle' in particular)


Famous Birthdays


Person of interestJosephine Baker

Jun 3 Josephine Baker, American dancer, Parisian night club owner (Folies-Bergere) born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1975)

Dancer, Singer, Spy and Civil Rights Activist Josephine Baker
Dancer, Singer, Spy and Civil Rights Activist
Josephine Baker
  • Jun 3 Louis Simmonds, bookseller
  • Jun 3 Norman Gallichan, cricketer (all-rounder in 1 Test NZ v England 1937)
  • Jun 3 Walter Robins, cricketer (dynamic England leg-spin all-rounder)
  • Jun 4 Richard Whorf, American actor and director (Yankee Doodle Dandy, Keeper of Flame), born in Winthrop, Massachusetts (d. 1966)
  • Jun 5 Margaret Rawlings, British actress (Roman Holiday), born in Osaka, Japan (d. 1996)
  • Jun 5 John Kemp, 1st Viscount Rochdale, British soldier and businessman (d. 1993)
  • Jun 6 Max August Zorn, German mathematician (lemma of Zorn), born in Krefeld, Rhenish Prussia, Germany (d. 1993)
  • Jun 8 Charles Janssens, Belgian actor (Mira, Malpertuis), born in Borgerhout, Belgium (d. 1986)
  • Jun 8 Nazir Ali, Indian cricket all-rounder (2 Tests; first Indian Test 1932), born in Jalandhar, Punjab, India (d. 1975)
  • Jun 9 Tonio Selwart [Antonio Selmair-Selwart], German actor (Barefoot Contessa, Naked Maja), born in Wartenberg, Bavaria, Germany (d. 2002)
  • Jun 10 Janos Viski, Hungarian composer, born in Kolozsvár (d. 1961)
  • Jun 12 Sandro Penna, Italian poet, born in Perugia, Italy (d. 1977)
  • Jun 13 Bruno de Finetti, Italian probabilist statistician and actuary, born in Innsbruck, Austria-Hungary (d. 1985)
  • Jun 15 Louis RJ Ridder van Rappard, Dutch mayor (Zoelen)
  • Jun 15 Léon Degrelle, Belgian SS officer (d. 1994)
  • Jun 16 Alan Fairfax, cricketer (Australian all-rounder late 20's early 30's)
  • Jun 17 Thomas Cowling, British mathematician and astronomer, born in Walthamstow, Essex (d. 1990)
  • Jun 18 Kay Kyser, American bandleader and radio personality (Kay Kyser's Kollege), born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina (d. 1985)
  • Jun 19 Ernst Boris Chain, German-born biochemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1979)
  • Jun 19 Walter Rauff, German colonel (d. 1984)
  • Jun 20 Bob Howard, American singer and pianist (Sing it Again), born in Newton, Massachusetts (d. 1986)
  • Jun 21 Helene Costello, American dancer and actress (Love Toy), born in NYC, New York (d. 1957)
  • Jun 21 Lluís Maria Millet, Catalan composer, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1990)
  • Jun 21 Harold Spina, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)

Person of interestAnne Morrow Lindbergh

Jun 22 Anne Morrow Lindbergh, American author and aviator (Gift from the Sea), born in Englewood, New Jersey

Aviator and Author Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Aviator and Author
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Person of interestBilly Wilder

Jun 22 Billy Wilder, Austrian-born American filmmakerr (Some Like It Hot, Apartment, Stalag 17), born in Vienna, Austria

Filmmaker Billy Wilder
Filmmaker
Billy Wilder
  • Jun 22 Richard Fanshawe, England, equestion 3 day event (Olympic bronze 1936)
  • Jun 23 Wolfgang Koeppen, German author (Death in Rome), born in Greifswald, Pomerania (d. 1996)
  • Jun 24 Pierre Fournier, violon cellist (Paris Conservatoire), born in Paris, France
  • Jun 24 Willard Maas, American educator and experimental filmmaker (d. 1971)
  • Jun 25 Roger Livesey, Welsh actor (Drums, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp), born in Barry, Wales (d. 1976)
  • Jun 26 Stefan Andres, German writer (Wir sind Utopia), born in Dhrönchen (d. 1970)
  • Jun 26 Viktor Schreckengost, American industrial designer, born in Sebring, Ohio (d. 2008)
  • Jun 27 Catherine Cookson, English novelist (Bannaman Legacy), born in Jarrow, Durham, England (d. 1998)
  • Jun 27 Vernon Watkins, Welsh poet (Ballad of Mari Lwyd), born in Maesteg, Wales (d. 1967)
  • Jun 28 Maria Goeppert-Mayer, American-German atomic physicist (Nobel 1963), born in Kattowitz, German Empire (d. 1972)
  • Jun 28 Nancy Mayhew Youngman, English painter and educationalist, born in Maidstone, England (d. 1995)
  • Jun 28 Safford Cape, American-Belgian conductor, composer and music historian, born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1973)
  • Jun 29 Ivan Chernyakhovsky, Russian general (youngest ever Soviet general of the army), born in Uman, Kiev Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1945)
  • Jun 30 Tribhuwan Bir Bikram Shah, King of Nepal (1911-55), born in Kathmandu, Nepal (d. 1955)
  • Jun 30 Anthony Mann, American film actor and director (El Cid, Winchester '73, The Glenn Miller Story), born in San Diego, California (d. 1967)

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 5 Karl Robert Eduard von Hartmann, German philosopher (b. 1842)
  • Jun 6 Johan Philip van der Kellen, Dutch stamp cutter, lithographer and writer, dies at 74
  • Jun 7 Johan P. Van de Kellen, stamp cutter/lithographer, dies at 74
  • Jun 8 C. F. E. Horneman, Danish composer, dies at 65
  • Jun 10 Richard John Seddon, longest serving Prime Minister of New Zealand, dies at 61
  • Jun 11 Heinrich Hart, German writer (Das Lied der Menschheit), dies at 50
  • Jun 17 Harry Nelson Pillsbury, American chess player, dies at 33
  • Jun 17 William Dale, international legal consultant, dies
  • Jun 20 John Clayton Adams, British landscape artist (b. 1840)
  • Jun 22 Fritz Schaudinn, German zoologist (examined syphilis), dies at 34
  • Jun 25 Stanford White, American architect, shot dead atop Madison Square Garden which he designed by Harry Thaw jealous husband of Evelyn Nesbit at 52
  • Jun 26 Alexander Muir, Canadian composer (The Maple Leaf Forever), dies at 76