On This Day

What Happened in June 1924

Historical Events

Historic Event

Jun 2 President Calvin Coolidge signs the Indian Citizenship Act (also known as Snyder Act), declaring all Native Americans to be American citizens [1]

  • Jun 3 Gila Wilderness Area established by US Forest Service

US Golf Open

Jun 6 US Open Men's Golf, Oakland Hills CC: Unknown Englishman Cyril Walker wins his only major title, 3 strokes ahead of runner-up and defending champion Bobby Jones

Sports History

Jun 7 56th Belmont: Earl Sande aboard Mad Play wins in 2:18.8

Historic Event

Jun 7 George Leigh-Mallory disappears 775' from Everest's summit

  • Jun 9 "Jelly-Roll Blues" is recorded by jazz pioneer pianist and composer Jelly Roll Morton
  • Jun 10 1st political convention broadcast on radio-Republicans at Cleveland
  • Jun 11 Bene Brak Palestine founded
  • Jun 11 Koos Vorrink elected President of Arbeiders Jeugd Organisatie (AJC) Socialist Youth Movement
  • Jun 13 Bene Berak, Palestine, founded
  • Jun 13 Gaston Doumergue elected as the 1st protestant French President
  • Jun 13 Yanks win by forfeit over Tigers, their 3rd forfeit win
  • Jun 14 Test Cricket debuts of Herbert Sutcliffe & Maurice Tate v South Africa
  • Jun 14 WOKO-AM radio begins transmitting from Albany NY
  • Jun 15 1st transmission of radio Bloemendaal

Model T

Jun 15 Ford Motor Company manufactures its 10 millionth automobile

Historic Event

Jun 15 J. Edgar Hoover assumes leadership of the FBI

  • Jun 16 South Africa all out 30 v England in 48 minutes, Gilligan 6-7

World Record

Jun 19 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 1500m of 3:52.6; 50 minutes later sets 5,000m WR 14:28.2; also runs WR 3-mile time 14:02.00 within that event in Finnish Olympic trials in Helsinki

  • Jun 21 NCRV, Dutch Christian Radio Society, forms
  • Jun 23 8 month Twenste textile strike ends
  • Jun 26 After 8 years of occupation, US troops leave Dominican Republic
  • Jun 26 "Ziegfeld Follies of 1924", featuring Billie Burke and W.C. Fields, opens at the New Amsterdam Theatre, NYC

British Golf Open

Jun 27 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Liverpool GC: American Walter Hagen wins his 2nd Open Championships, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Ernest Whitcombe

  • Jun 28 Test cricket umpire debut for Frank Chester, v South Africa at Lord's
  • Jun 28 Tornado strikes Sandusky and Lorain, Ohio, killing 93
  • Jun 30 England score 2-503 in day's play v South Africa at Lord's

Election of Interest

Jun 30 J. B. M. Hertzog becomes Primes Minister, head of a coalition government between the National and Labour Parties in South Africa


Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 Paula Hinton, English ballet dancer, born in Ilford, Essex (d. 1996)
  • Jun 1 William Sloane Coffin, American clergyman (d. 2006)
  • Jun 1 Herbie Lovelle, America drummer, studio musician (Hot Lips Page) and actor (Law & Order), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2009)
  • Jun 2 June Callwood, Canadian journalist and activist (d. 2007)
  • Jun 3 David Richard Holloway, literary Editor
  • Jun 3 Michael Gow, commandant (Royal College of Defense Studies)
  • Jun 3 Ted Mallie, American radio and television announcer (d. 1999)
  • Jun 3 Jimmy Rogers, American blues musician (Muddy Waters' Band), born in Ruleville, Mississippi (d. 1997)
  • Jun 4 Dennis Weaver, American actor (Chester-Gunsmoke, Duel, Battered), born in Joplin, Missouri (d. 2006)
  • Jun 5 Kenneth Burslam Gardner, British librarian and orientalist (d. 1995)
  • Jun 6 Serge Nigg, French composer, born in Paris (d. 2008)
  • Jun 7 Dolores Gray [Sylvia Dolores Finkelstein], American singer and actress (Designing Woman, Kismet), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2002)
  • Jun 8 George Kirby, American comedian (ABC Comedy Hour, Pearl Bailey Show), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 8 Iain Glidewell, Lord Justice of Appeal and Judge of Appeal of the High Court of the Isle of Man (d. 2016)
  • Jun 8 Ian Colquhoun, New Zealand cricket wicket-keeper (2 Tests, 4 dismissals), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2005)
  • Jun 8 Sheldon Allman, American-Canadian actor, singer, and songwriter (Nevada Smith, Harris Against the World), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2002)
  • Jun 8 Lyn Nofziger, American journalist and political advisor to Ronald Reagan, born in Bakersfield, California (d. 2006)
  • Jun 9 Peter Heatly, Scottish diver and Chairman of the Commonwealth Games Federation, born in Leith, Scotland (d. 2015)
  • Jun 9 Anthony "Tony" Britton, British actor (Day of Jackal, Girl in my Soup), born in Birmingham, England
  • Jun 11 Ed Farhat, American professional wrestler, born in Detroit (d. 2003)

George H. W. Bush

Jun 12 George H. W. Bush, 41st US President (R, 1989-93) and 43rd US Vice President (R, 1981-89), born in Milton, Massachusetts

  • Jun 13 Percy Rodriguez [Rodrigues], Canadian actor (Star Trek, Planet of the Apes, Brainwaves), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2007)
  • Jun 14 Vladimir Solouchin, Russian writer, born in Alepino (d. 1997)
  • Jun 14 James Black, Scottish pharmacologist, developer of treatments for heart disease (propranolol) and stomach ulcers (cimetidine) (Nobel Prize for Medicine, 1988), born in Uddingston, Lanarkshire, Scotland (d. 2010)
  • Jun 15 Mohammed Ghazali, Pakistani cricketer (off-spinner wicketless in 2 Tests 54), born in Mumbai, India (d. 2003)
  • Jun 15 Ezer Weizman, 7th President of Israel (d. 2005)
  • Jun 16 Sayed Idries Shah, thinker
  • Jun 16 Lucky [Eli] Thompson, American jazz musician (Cuban Fire!), born in Columbia, South Carolina (d. 2005)
  • Jun 17 Gotthold Gloger, German writer and painter, born in K√∂nigsberg, East Prussia, Germany (d. 2001)
  • Jun 17 Henk Hoekstra, Dutch politician (Dutch Communist Party), born in Amsterdam (d. 2009)

George Mikan

Jun 18 George Mikan, American Basketball Hall of Fame center (NBA All Star 1951-54; NBL MVP 1948; Minneapolis Lakers), born in Joliet, Illinois (d. 2005)

  • Jun 18 Liesbeth den Uyl-van Vessem, Dutch feminist and wife of Prime Minister Joop den Uyl, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1990)
  • Jun 19 David Scott, British priest, Chaplain to the Queen (d. 1996)
  • Jun 19 Leo Nomellini, NFL defensive tackle (SF 49ers)
  • Jun 19 Wassil Bykau, Belarusian writer, born in Bytschki, Vitebsk Region (d. 2003)
  • Jun 19 Sybren Polet [Sijbe Minnema], Dutch writer and poet (Mannekino), born in Kampen, Overijssel, Netherlands (d. 2015)
  • Jun 20 Chet Atkins, American guitarist (Me & My Guitar), born in Luttrell, Tennessee (d. 2001)
  • Jun 20 Rainer Barzel, German politician (CDU-CSU) and minister, born in Braunsberg, East Prussia, Free State of Prussia (d. 2006)
  • Jun 20 Fritz Koenig, German sculptor (Sphere at World Trade Center), born in Wurzburg (d. 2017)
  • Jun 21 Wally Fawkes, British-Canadian cartoonist and jazz clarinetist, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jun 21 Jean Laplanche, French psychoanalytic thinker, born in Paris (d. 2012)
  • Jun 24 Ranasinghe Premadasa, president of Sri Lanka (1989-93)
  • Jun 24 Kurt Furgler, member of the Swiss Federal Council (d. 2008)
  • Jun 24 Brian Bevan, Australian rugby league footballer (d. 1991)
  • Jun 25 Sidney Lumet, American film director (Group, Pawnbroker, Fail Safe), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2011)
  • Jun 26 Peter Miles, British Army officer, businessman and courtier in the Household of Elizabeth II, born in Long Ashton, Somerset (d. 2013)
  • Jun 26 Syd Lawrence, British bandleader (Syd Lawrence Orchestra), born in Wilmslow, Cheshire, England (d. 1998)
  • Jun 26 Kostas Axelos, Greek-French philosopher, born in Athens, Greece (d. 2010)
  • Jun 27 Paul Conrad, American cartoonist (Pulitzer 1964, 71, 84), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (d. 2010)
  • Jun 27 Bob Appleyard, English cricketer (superb England off-spinner, brief career), born in Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England (d. 2015)
  • Jun 27 Efua Sutherland, Ghanaian writer (Nyamekye), born in Cape Coast, Ghana (d. 1996)
  • Jun 28 Henk van Stipriaan, Dutch journalist and VARA radio host, born in Hamburg (d. 1989)
  • Jun 29 Ezra Laderman, American composer (Jacob & the Indians), born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)
  • Jun 29 Flo Sandon's, Italian singer (won Sanremo Music Festival-Viale d'autunno), born in Vicenza, Italy (d. 2006)

Famous Weddings

Bobby Jones

Jun 17 Golfer Bobby Jones (22) weds high school sweetheart Mary Rice Malone (22) in Atlanta, Georgia

Robert H. Goddard

Jun 21 Inventor Robert H. Goddard (41) weds secretary Esther Christine Kisk (23) at St. John's Episcopal Church in Worcester

Henry Miller

Jun 24 American writer Henry Miller (31) marries 2nd wife June Smerth (21) in Hoboken, New Jersey.


Famous Deaths

Franz Kafka

Jun 3 Franz Kafka, Czech writer (Trial, Amerika, Metamorphosis), dies at 40

  • Jun 8 Andrew Irvine, English mountain climber (climbing accident) (b. 1902)

George Mallory

Jun 8 George Mallory, English mountain climber ("because it is there"), dies in a climbing accident at 37

  • Jun 10 Giacomo Matteotti, Italian Socialist Party leader, assassinated by fascists at 39
  • Jun 11 Alexander de Savornin Lohman, Dutch minister and party leader (CHU), dies at 87
  • Jun 11 Theodore Dubois, French composer, dies at 86
  • Jun 23 Cecil Sharp, British collector of English folk music and dance, dies at 64
  • Jun 24 Willie Fernie, Scottish golfer (British Open 1883), dies at 69
  • Jun 28 Jack Darragh, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (Stanley Cup 1911, 20-21, 23; Ottawa Senators), dies of peritonitis at 33
  • Jun 30 Jacob Israel de Haan, Dutch poet and writer (Pypelyntjes), dies at 42