What Happened in June 1909

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition opens in Seattle
  • Jun 2 43rd Belmont: Eddie Dugan riding Joe Madden wins in 2:21.6
  • Jun 2 Alfred Deakin becomes Prime Minister of Australia for the third time
  • Jun 7 Cleveland Industrial Exposition opens

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 7 Mary Pickford makes her screen debut at the age of 16

Actress Mary Pickford
Actress
Mary Pickford
  • Jun 9 Alice Huyler Ramsey, 22-year-old housewife from Hackensack, New Jersey, becomes the 1st woman to drive across the US, in a Maxwell 30, drives 3,800 miles from Manhattan to San Francisco in 59 days
  • Jun 11 British Open Golf, Royal Cinque Ports GC: Englishman J.H. Taylor wins Championship for a 4th time, 6 strokes ahead of runners-up Tom Ball and James Braid
  • Jun 12 "Shine On, Harvest Moon" by Ada Jones & Billy Murray hits #1
  • Jun 15 Representatives from England, Australia and South Africa meet at Lord's and form the Imperial Cricket Conference.
  • Jun 16 1st US airplane sold commercially, by Glenn Curtiss for $5,000

OlympicsOlympic Gold

Jun 16 Jim Thorpe makes his pro baseball pitching debut for Rocky Mount (ECL) with 4-2 win, this will cause him to forfeit his Olympic gold medals

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • Jun 18 Nannie Burroughs forms national training School for Women
  • Jun 20 1st balloon honeymoon (Roger Burham & Eleanor Waring)
  • Jun 23 Confessional parties win Dutch parliamentary elections
  • Jun 25 US Open Men's Golf, Englewood GC: Englishman George Sargent sets a new Open scoring record to win his only major title, 4 strokes ahead of runner-up Tom McNamara
  • Jun 26 Victoria & Albert Museum opens in London
  • Jun 27 Etten-Leur 1st airplane flight in Neth (Belgium count De Lambert)
  • Jun 27 23rd U.S. Women's National Championship: Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman beats Maud Barger-Wallach (6-0, 6-1)
  • Jun 28 1st French air show, Concours d'Avation opens
  • Jun 30 Jack Johnson fights Tony Ross to no decision in 6 for heavyweight boxing title

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 Szymon Goldberg, Polish/US violinist/conductor (Neth Chamber Orchestra)
  • Jun 1 Hans Vogt, Norwegian linguist (d. 1986)
  • Jun 2 Robin Orr, Scottish composer, born in Brechin (d. 2006)
  • Jun 4 Paul Nordoff, American composer (Frog Prince), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1977)
  • Jun 4 William M. Batten, American businessman and CEO (NY Stock Exchange 1976-84), born in Parkersburg, West Virginia (d. 1999)
  • Jun 5 Alfred Uhl, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1992)
  • Jun 6 Isaiah Berlin, Latvian-British philosopher, born in Riga, Latvia, Russian Empire (d. 1997)
  • Jun 6 M. J. Gopalan, Indian cricketer (1 Test India v England 1933-34), born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India (d. 2003)

Person of interestJessica Tandy

Jun 7 Jessica Tandy, British actress (Birds, Cocoon, Batteries Not Included), born in London, England (d. 1994)

Actress Jessica Tandy
Actress
Jessica Tandy
  • Jun 7 Peter W. Rodino, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey (1949-89), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2005)
  • Jun 7 Virginia Apgar, American physician and childbirth specialist, born in Westfield, New Jersey (d. 1974)
  • Jun 8 Mary van de Berg, Flemish actress (Moutarde van Sonaansee), born in Zuid-Holland, Netherlands (d. 2003)
  • Jun 8 William Odling, major-general
  • Jun 9 Jose Luis Lopez Aranguren, philosopher
  • Jun 10 Erwin Dressel, German composer, born in Berlin (d. 1972)
  • Jun 12 Archie Bleyer, American orchestra leader (Arthur Godfrey), born in Queens, New York (d. 1989)
  • Jun 12 Mansel Treharne Thomas, Welsh composer, born in Tylorstown, Rhondda, Wales (d. 1986)
  • Jun 14 Burl Ives, American folk singer and actor (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), born in Hunt City, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • Jun 16 Willi Boskovsky, Austrian conductor (new years concert)
  • Jun 16 Archie Fairley Carr, biologist (d. 1987)
  • Jun 17 Elmer L. Andersen, 30th Governor of Minnesota (1961-63), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • Jun 17 Ralph E. Winters, Canadian film editor, born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (d. 2004)
  • Jun 19 Edwin Gerschefski, American pianist, composer and teacher (Saugauck Suite), born in Meriden, Connecticut (d. 1992)
  • Jun 19 Osamu Dazai, Japan, novelist (Tsugaru, No Longer Human)
  • Jun 20 Robert Marley, Jamaican cricketer (Jamaican batsman 1928-1946, WICBC pres), born in Half Way Tree, Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1995)
  • Jun 20 Errol Flynn, Australian actor (Captain Blood, Robin Hood), born in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia (d. 1959)
  • Jun 20 Joan Harrison, English screenwriter and producer who often worked with Alfred Hitchcock (Rebecca, They Won't Believe Me), born in Guildford, England (d. 1994)
  • Jun 21 Kurt Schwaen, German composer, born in Katowice, Poland (d. 2007)
  • Jun 22 Katherine Dunham, dancer, choreographer (Casbah, Stormy Weather)
  • Jun 22 Michael "Mike" Todd [Avrom Goldbogen], American producer (Around the World in 80 Days) and 3rd husband of Elizabeth Taylor, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1958)
  • Jun 23 Li Xiannian, President of the People's Republic of China (1983-88), born in Hong'an, Hubei, China (d. 1992)
  • Jun 23 Sam Parks Jr., American golfer (US Open 1935), born in Bellevue, Pennsylvania (d. 1997)
  • Jun 24 Milton Katims, American conductor/violist (WOR-NYC), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 24 William G Penney, British physicist (1st British Atom Bomb)
  • Jun 25 Daniel Fuchs, American screenwriter (Summer in Williamsburg), born in Lower East Side, Manhattan (d. 1993)
  • Jun 26 Colonel Tom Parker [Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk], Dutch-born talent manager (Elvis Presley), born in Breda, Netherlands (d. 1997)
  • Jun 26 Betty Askwith, British writer and biographer (d. 1995)
  • Jun 26 Nicholas Polunin, British botanist and environmentalist, born in Checkendon, Oxfordshire (d. 1997)
  • Jun 28 Arnold Shaw, American writer on popular music and composer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1989)
  • Jun 28 Eric Ambler, suspense writer (Epitaph for a Spy), born in London, England
  • Jun 28 French van Immerseel, Belgian graphic artist, born in Borsbeek, Antwerp
  • Jun 30 Juan Bosch, 43rd President of the Dominican Republic (1962-63) and writer, born in La Vega, Dominican Republic (d. 2001)

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 1 Giuseppe Martucci, composer, dies at 53
  • Jun 10 Edward Everett Hale, American clergyman and author (Man without a Country), dies at 87
  • Jun 18 Learmont Drysdale, Scottish composer, dies at 42
  • Jun 22 Detlev [Freiherr Friedrich A von] Liliencron, German poet, dies at 65
  • Jun 22 Edward John Gregory, British painter and engraver, dies at 59
  • Jun 24 Sarah Orne Jewett, American author (Country of the Pointed Firs), dies at 59
  • Jun 28 Israel Durham, Phillies president dies