On This Day

June 1870 in History

Events in History

  • Jun 5 Great Fire of Pera in a district of Constantinople, the wealthiest part of the city, kills hundreds

Meeting of Interest

Jun 9 US President Ulysses S. Grant meets with Sioux Chief Red Cloud at The White House in Washington, D.C.

  • Jun 11 1st-stone Amstel Brewery opens in Amsterdam
  • Jun 22 US Congress creates Department of Justice
  • Jun 26 1st section of Atlantic City (NJ) Boardwalk opens
  • Jun 28 U.S. Congress creates federal holidays (New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day), initially applicable only to federal employees
  • Jun 30 Ada Kepley becomes 1st American female law college graduate (Old University of Chicago, later Northwestern)

Birthdays in History

  • Jun 13 Jules Bordet, Belgian bacteriologist (syphillis, Nobel 1919), born in Soignies, Belgium (d. 1961)
  • Jun 14 Sophia of Prussia, Queen consort of Constantine I of Greece, born in New Palace, Potsdam, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1932)
  • Jun 17 George Cormack, American cereal inventor (Wheaties), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Jun 18 Edouard Le Roy, French philosopher and mathematician
  • Jun 21 Clara Immerwahr, German chemist, first woman to be awarded a doctorate in chemistry in Germany, born in Polkendorf, Silesia Province, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1915)
  • Jun 24 Horatio Mbelle, South African interpreter, community leader and politician, born in Burgersdorp, Cape Colony (d. 1947)

Deaths in History

Charles Dickens

Jun 9 Charles Dickens, English writer (Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, A Christmas Carol), dies of stroke at 58

  • Jun 20 Jules de Goncourt, French writer, wrote with his brother Edmond de Goncourt, dies at 39