On This Day

Historical Events in June 1896

  • Jun 2 30th Belmont: Henry Griffin aboard Hastings wins in 2:24.5

Historic Invention

Jun 2 Italian engineer and inventor Guglielmo Marconi applies for the first ever patent for a system of wireless telegraphy in the United Kingdom

Appointment of Interest

Jun 3 British naval officer David Beatty is seconded to the Egyptian government and appointed second in command of the river flotilla

Historic Event

Jun 4 Henry Ford takes his 1st Ford through streets of Detroit

  • Jun 6 Preakness Stakes: Henry Griffin aboard the Byron McClelland trained Margrave wins in 1:51
  • Jun 6 Frank Samuelsen and George Harbo leave NY harbor to row across Atlantic; their 55 day record for rowing was not broken for 114 years
  • Jun 8 First car thief; Baron de Zuylen’s Peugeot is stolen by his mechanic in Paris
  • Jun 11 US Assay Office in Deadwood South Dakota authorized
  • Jun 12 England cricket spin bowler Jack Hearne sets record for earliest date taking 100 first-class wickets in a season when he captures 9-73 for the MCC in an innings & 18 run drubbing of Australia at Lord's

Sports History

Jun 13 British Open Men's Golf, Muirfield: Harry Vardon of Jersey wins first of 6 Open titles by 4 strokes in a 36-hole playoff with defending champion J.H. Taylor

  • Jun 15 Tsunami strikes Shinto festival on beach at Sanriku, Japan; 27,000 are killed, 9,000 injured and 13,000 houses destroyed
  • Jun 16 Temperature hits 127°F at Fort Mojave, California

Historic Event

Jun 17 Polar explorers Fridtjof Nansen and Frederick Jackson meet by chance in Franz Josef Land, the Arctic

  • Jun 20 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Philadelphia CC: Elisabeth Moore beats defending champion Juliette Atkinson 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2

Historic Event

Jun 27 Review of Paul Laurence Dunbar's second book, "Majors and Minors" by William Dean Howells in "Harper's Weekly" brings the poet to national attention

  • Jun 30 William S. Hadaway patents an electric stove in the US