On This Day

Historical Events in June 1881

  • Jun 1 Bell Phone opens 1st Dutch telephone exchange
  • Jun 1 Ridden by outstanding English jockey Fred Archer, Iroquois wins the Epsom Derby to become first American-owned and bred horse to take out a European classic race
  • Jun 2 Haarlem-Zandvoort Railway opens
  • Jun 7 15th Belmont: T. Costello aboard Saunterer wins in 2:47
  • Jun 12 The USS Jeannette, under the command of George Washington De Long, is crushed by Arctic ice after 21 months of ice-bound drifting
  • Jun 13 The USS Jeannette, under the command of George Washington De Long, sinks in the Arctic circle following 21 months of drifting after becoming trapped in the ice
  • Jun 14 Player piano patented by John McTammany Jr (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
  • Jun 16 Austria-Hungary and Serbia sign military treaty
  • Jun 19 Muhammad Ahmad becomes Mahdi of Sudan
  • Jun 24 200 drown as train runs off bridge near Cuautla, Mexico

BeatificationCatholic Encyclical

Jun 29 Pope Leo XIII publishes encyclical Diuturnum illud

256th Pope Leo XIII
256th Pope
Leo XIII
  • Jun 30 Henry Highland Garnet named minister to Liberia