On This Day

June 1897 in History

Events in History

  • Jun 12 Possibly the most severe quake in history strikes Assam, India, Shock waves felt over an area size of Europe (low mortality rate given size of earthquake, 1,500 casualties).
  • Jun 15 Liberals/social-democrats win Dutch 2nd Parliamentary election
  • Jun 16 A treaty annexing the Republic of Hawaii to the United States is signed; the Republic would not be dissolved until a year later
  • Jun 17 William Frank Powell, NJ educator, named minister to Haiti
  • Jun 19 Wee Willie Keeler's 44 game hitting streak ends
  • Jun 22 Bombay plague commissioner Walter Charles Rand shot by Chapekar brothers as protest against his extreme measures to combat city's plague epidemic (dies July 3)
  • Jun 24 Hail injures 26 in Topeka, Kansas
  • Jun 28 Marquis C de Bonchamps' expedition reaches Gore Ethiopia

Birthdays in History

  • Jun 8 John G. Bennett, British scientist and author, born in London (d. 1974)
  • Jun 11 Bruno Frei [Benedikt Freistadt], Austrian Marxist journalist, born in Bratislava (d. 1988)

Person of interestAnthony Eden

Jun 12 Anthony Eden, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1955-57) and Foreign Secretary, born in Rushyford, England (d. 1977)

British Prime Minister Anthony Eden
British Prime Minister
Anthony Eden
  • Jun 16 Georg Wittig, German chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1987)
  • Jun 22 Norbert Elias, English/Dutch philosopher (Process of Civilization)
  • Jun 23 Winifred Wagner-William, German organizer (Wagner Festival)
  • Jun 24 Daniel K. Ludwig, American shipping magnate (d. 1992)
  • Jun 29 Fulgence Charpentier, French-Canadian journalist, born in Sainte-Anne-de-Prescott, Ontario, Canada (d. 2001)

Deaths in History

  • Jun 9 Alvan Graham Clark, American telescope maker and astronomer (Sirius B), dies 3 weeks after 1st use of Yerkes 40" lens at 64
  • Jun 17 Sebastian Kneipp, Bavarian priest and naturopathist (known for "Kneipp Cure" form of hydrotherapy), dies at 76
  • Jun 22 Ralph Abercromby, British meteorologist, dies at about 54
  • Jun 25 Margaret Oliphant, Scottish novelist and biographer (Beleaguered City), dies at 69