This Day in History for 16th June

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 205

632 - Origin of Persian [Yezdegird] Era
1338 - German monarch declares pope & king's decree redundant
1487 - Battle of Stoke, Nottinghamshire: Henry VII beats John de la Pole & Lord Lovell
1567 - Mary, Queen of Scots, imprisoned in Lochleven Castle prison Scotland
1624 - Judge directs US colony Virginia to English crown
1673 - Peace of Vossem: French King Louis XIV & Frederik Willem of Brandenburg
1745 - British fleet occupies Cap Breton on St Lawrence River
1746 - Battle at Piacenza: Austria & Sardinia beat Spanish & French army
1755 - British capture Fort Beauséjour, expel Acadians
1774 - Formation of Harrodsburg, Kentucky.
1779 - Spain declares war on Great Britain in support of the US, and the siege of Gibraltar begins.
The Sun King of France Louis XIVThe Sun King of France Louis XIV 1784 - Holland forbids orange clothes
1794 - 1st stone layed at Dutch biggest grain windmill (De Walvisch)
1815 - Battle at Ligny: French army under Napoleon beats Prussia
1815 - Battle at Quatre-Bras: allies strike French
1822 - Denmark Vessy leads slave rebellion in South Carolina
1823 - King Willem I opens shipyard at Rotterdam-Antwerp
1832 - Battle of Kellogg's Grove, Illinois
1836 - London Working Men's Association forms
1858 - Abraham Lincoln says "A house divided against itself cannot stand" accepting Illinois Republican Party's nomination for the Senate
1861 - Battle of Vienna, VA & Secessionville, SC (James Island)
US President Abraham LincolnUS President Abraham Lincoln 1864 - Battle of Lynchburg, VA
1864 - Skirmish at Golgotha, Georgia
1864 - Union General Ulysses S. Grant begin siege of Petersburg, Va
1871 - Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of Mystic Shrine founded, NYC
1871 - The University Tests Act allows students to enter the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Durham without religious tests, except for courses in theology.
1873 - Pres Grant decrees Wallowa Valley for Nez-Perce indians
1879 - Gilbert & Sullivan's "HMS Pinafore" debuts at Bowery Theater NYC
1880 - Salvation Army forms in London
US President & Union General Ulysses S. GrantUS President & Union General Ulysses S. Grant 1881 - Austria-Hungary & Serbia sign military treaty
1882 - 17" hailstones weighing 1.75 lbs fall in Dubuque Iowa
1883 - 1st baseball "Ladies' Day" (NY Gothams beat Cleve Spiders 5-2)
1883 - The Victoria Hall theatre panic in Sunderland, England kills 183 children
1884 - 1st roller coaster used (Coney Island NY)
1891 - John Abbott becomes Canada's third prime minister.
1893 - RW Rueckheim invents Cracker Jack
1896 - Temperature hits 127°F at Fort Mojave, Calif
1897 - A treaty annexing the Republic of Hawaii to the United States is signed; the Republic would not be dissolved until a year later.
1898 - China's emperor De Zong (Guang Xu) receives Kang Youwei
1899 - Victor Trumper's 1st Test Cricket century 135* v England, Lord's
1900 - In China, a fire is set by Boxers, virtually destroying the Western Quarter and spreading to engulf many Chinese landmarks
1903 - 1st Highlander (Yankee) shut-out victory 1-0 over White Sox
Ford Motor Company Founder Henry FordFord Motor Company Founder Henry Ford 1903 - Ford Motors under Henry Ford incorporates
1903 - Pepsi Cola company forms
1903 - Roald Amundsen commences the first east-west navigation of the Northwest Passage by leaving Oslo, Norway.
1904 - Bloomsday (date of events in James Joyce's Ulysses)
1904 - Eugen Schauman assassinates Nikolai Bobrikov, Governor-General of Finland.
1907 - Czar Nicolas II of Russia dissolves the Second Duma (parliament) and issues an edict that will increase representation of propertied classes while reducing that of peasants, workers and national minorities
1908 - The Republican Party convenes in Chicago where President Roosevelt picks William H. Taft as his successor
1909 - 1st US airplane sold commercially, by Glenn Curtiss for $5,000
Versatile Athlete Jim ThorpeVersatile Athlete Jim Thorpe 1909 - Jim Thorpe makes his pro baseball pitching debut for Rocky Mount (ECL) with 4-2 win, this will cause him to forfeit his Olympic medals
1911 - A 772 gram stony meteorite strikes the earth near Kilbourn, Columbia County, Wisconsin damaging a barn.
1913 - South- African parliament forbids blacks owning land
1915 - The foundation of the British Women's Institute.
1916 - Boston Brave's Tom Hughes 2nd no-hitter beats Pitts, 2-0
1917 - 1st Congress of Soviets convene in Russia
1917 - 49th Belmont: James Butwell aboard Hourless wins in 2:17.8
1922 - Henry Berliner demonstrates his helicopter to US Bureau of Aeronautics
1923 - Sun Yat Sen founds military academy
1924 - South Africa all out 30 v England in 48 minutes, Gilligan 6-7
1925 - The most famous Young Pioneer camp of the USSR, Artek, is established.
1927 - 31st US Golf Open: Tommy Armour shoots a 301 at Oakmont CC in Pa
1929 - Otto E Funk, 62, ends marathon walk (NY to SF, 4165 miles in 183 days)
1930 - Sovnarkom establishes decree time in the USSR.
1931 - Austrian government of Ender falls
1932 - Germany forbids SA/SS-gang fights
31st US President Herbert Hoover31st US President Herbert Hoover 1932 - President Hoover & VP Charles Curtis renominated by Rep Convention
1932 - Sutcliffe & Holmes make 555 opening cricket stand for Yorks v Essex
1933 - National Industrial Recovery Act becomes law (later struck down)
1933 - US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) created
1935 - US Congress accepts FDR's "New Deal"
1936 - Dutch queen Wilhelmina opens the Waal bridge
1936 - Pope Pius XI receives Anton Mussert (Dutch Nazi collaborator)
1937 - Marx Brothers' "A Day At The Races" opens in LA
1938 - Boston Red Sox Jimmie Foxx is walked a record 6 consecutive times by St Louis Browns
32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt 1940 - Communist government installed in Lithuania
1940 - General De Gaulle arrives in Bordeaux
1941 - 1st US federally owned airport opened Wash DC
1943 - Race riot in Beaumont Texas (2 die)
1944 - Iceland adopts constitution
1944 - King George VI visits General Montgomery's HQ in Normandy
1944 - US bombs Kyushu Japan
1945 - 71st Preakness: Wayne D Wright aboard Polynesian wins in 1:58.8
1945 - Boo Ferriss loses to Yanks 3-2 after starting his career with 8 wins
1946 - "Annie Get Your Gun" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 1147 perfs
1946 - 46th US Golf Open: Lloyd Mangrum shoots a 284 at Canterbury GC Cleve
1947 - 1st network news-Dumont's "News from Washington"
1947 - Pravda denounces Marshall Plan
1949 - Gas turbine-electric locomotive demonstrated, Erie Pa
Golfer Ben HoganGolfer Ben Hogan 1951 - 51st US Golf Open: Ben Hogan shoots a 287 at Oakland Hills CC Mich
1951 - 83rd Belmont: David Gorman aboard Counterpoint wins in 2:29
1952 - Soviet Fighters shoot Swedish Catalina reconnaissance flight down
1953 - Despite Johnny Mize 2,000th hit, Yanks lose ending 18 game win streak & also ending St Louis Brown 14 game losing streak
1954 - Dutch military conscription shortened from 20 to 18 months
1954 - Ngo Dinh Diem elected president of Vietnam
1955 - Louise Suggs wins LPGA Triangle Round Robin Golf Tournament
1955 - Pope Pius XII ex-communicates Argentine Pres Juan Peron
1956 - 56th US Golf Open: Cary Middlecoff shoots a 281 at Oak Hill CC NY
1956 - 88th Belmont: David Erb aboard Needles wins in 2:29.8
1957 - French offensive in Algeria

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 237

1139 - Emperor Konoe of Japan (d. 1155)
1332 - Isabella de Coucy, English princess (d. 1382)
1514 - John Cheke, English classical scholar (d. 1557)
1583 - Axel Gustafson Oxenstierna, Swedish earl/chancellor/regent
1591 - Joseph Solomon Delmedigo, Italian physician, mathematician, and music theorist (d. 1655)
1606 - Arthur Chichester, 1st Earl of Donegall, Irish soldier (d. 1675)
1613 - John Cleveland, English poet (d. 1658)
1633 - Nathaniel Schnittelbach, composer
1633 - Jean de Thévenot, French traveler and scientist (d. 1667)
1637 - Giovanni Paulo Colonna, composer
1644 - Henrietta Anne Stuart, Princess of Scotland, England and Ireland and Duchess of Orléans (d. 1670)
1713 - Meshech Weare, Governor of New Hampshire (d. 1786)
1738 - Mary Katharine Goddard, American printer and publisher (d. 1816)
1752 - Meingosus Gaelle, composer
1754 - Salawat Yulayev, Bashkir national hero, poet (d. 1800)
1792 - Sir Thomas Mitchell, Australian explorer (d. 1855)
1792 - John Linnell, English artist (d. 1882)
1801 - Julius Plücker, German mathematician and physicist (d. 1868)
1806 - Edward Davy, English physician, chemist, and inventor (d. 1885)
1813 - Otto Jahn, German archaeologist (d. 1869)
1820 - Athanase Coquerel, French Protestant preacher (d. 1875)
1821 - Old Tom Morris, Scottish golfer (d. 1908)
1826 - Constantin von Ettingshausen, Austrian geologist and botanist (d. 1897)
Apache Leader GeronimoApache Leader Geronimo (1829) 1829 - Geronimo, Apache leader (d. 1909)
1834 - Wesley Merritt, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1910)
1837 - Eli Long, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1903
1838 - Cushman Davis, American politician (d. 1900)
1840 - Ernst Otto Schlick, German engineer (d. 1913)
1843 - David Popper, composer
1843 - Jan Malat, composer
1853 - Johan Gustaf Emil Sjogren, composer
1858 - Gustav V, king of Sweden (1907-50)
1861 - Scato Gocko de Vries, Dutch paleographer/librarian
1863 - Paul Antonin Vidal, composer
1874 - Arthur Meighen, (C) 9th PM of Canada (1920-21, 1926)
1879 - Fritz Schulz, German law historian (Classical Novel Law)
1879 - Theo[dorus J] Thijssen, Dutch writer (Kees the boy)
1888 - Bobby Clark, vaudevillan (World's funniest circus clown)
1888 - Peter Stoner, American mathematician and astronomer (d. 1980)
1890 - Stan Laurel, [Arthur S Jefferson], England, comedian (Laurel & Hardy)
1892 - Lupino Lane, London England, actress (Love Parade)
1894 - Norman Kerry, Rochester NY, actor (Phantom of the Opera)
1896 - Jean Peugeot, Frans auto manufacturer (Peugeot)
1896 - William Fitzgerald Jenkins, author (Time Tunnel, Land of Giants)
1896 - Murray Leinster, American author (d. 1976)
1897 - Elaine Hammerstein, American actress (d. 1948)
1897 - Georg Wittig, German chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1987)
1899 - Nelson Doubleday, US, publisher (Doubleday)
1900 - Jan van Tilburg, governor Suriname (PVDA, 1955-62)
1901 - Arthur Pierson, Oslo Norway, actor/director (Hat Check Girl)
1901 - Conrad Beck, composer
1902 - Barbara McClintock, US, cytogeneticist (Jumping Genes, Nobel 1983)
1902 - Kornelis Posthumus, Dutch chemist
1903 - Huldreich Georg Fruh, composer
1903 - Helen Traubel, American soprano (d. 1972)
1904 - Gerard Holt, Dutch architect
1906 - Alan Fairfax, cricketer (Australian all-rounder late 20's early 30's)
1907 - Jack Albertson, Malden Mass, actor (Thin Man)
1907 - John Hadfield, author/publisher (Love on a Branch Line)
1909 - Willi Boskovsky, Austria, conductor (new years concert)
1909 - Archie Fairley Carr, biologist (d. 1987)
1910 - E G Marshall, Owatonna Minn, actor (Lawrence-Defenders, Caine Mutiny)
1910 - Ilona Massey, Budapest Hungary, actress/singer (Ilona Massey Show)
1910 - Lord Richardson, president (General Medical Council)
1910 - Richard Maling Barrer, chemist
1912 - Enoch Powell, England, MP (C)/racist/Greek professor
1912 - John Peel, MP
1914 - Stewart Cathie "Billy" Griffith, cricketer (140 for England, 1948)
1914 - Stewart Griffith, secretary (MCC)
1915 - Joseph Kagan, businessman
1915 - Mariano Rumor, premier Italy
1915 - John Tukey, American statistician (d. 2000)
1916 - Francis Lopez, composer
1916 - Hank Luisetti, NBA forward (1st to use a one-handed shot)
1917 - Katharine Graham, NYC, newspaper publisher (Wash Post)
1917 - Aurelio Lampredi, Italian mechanical engineer (Ferrari; d. 1989)
1917 - Irving Penn, American photographer
1919 - Lord Aberdare, committee chairman (House of Lords)
1920 - John Howard Griffin, US, photographer/author (Black Like Me)
1920 - Raymond U. Lemieux, Canadian scientist (d. 2002)
1920 - José López Portillo, President of Mexico (d. 2004)
1921 - Lord Perry of Walton, SDP/vice chancellor (Open University England)
1923 - Ake Hermanson, composer
1923 - Henryk Czyz, composer
1923 - Ron Flockhart, Scottish racing driver (d. 1962)
1924 - Sayed Idries Shah, thinker
1925 - Faith Domergue, New Orleans, actress (House of 7 Corpses)
1925 - Richard Jacobs, philanthropist/sports owner (Cleveland Indians)
1927 - Robert Matthews, master (Clare College Cambridge England)
1927 - Thomas W "Tom" Graveney, English cricket batsman (50's & 60's)
1928 - Harold Hanham, vice chancellor (Lancaster University)
1928 - Sergiu Comissiona, Buch Romania, conductor (Haifa Symph 1959-64)
1929 - James Kirtland Randall, composer
1929 - Ramon Bieri, American actor (d. 2001)
1929 - Pauline Yates, English actress
1930 - Brian Statham, cricketer (masterful England quick for two decades)
1930 - David Konstant, bishop (Leeds)
1930 - Vilmos Zsigmond, Hungarian/American cinematographer
1931 - Courtney Alexandre Henriques Laws, community leader
1931 - Ivo Petric, composer

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 12 of 12

1855 - Salvation Army founder William Booth marries Catherine Mumford
Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie ChaplinComedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin (1943) 1943 - Actor/comedian Charlie Chaplin (54) marries actress Oona O'Neill (18)
1956 - British Poet and Poet Laureate Ted Hughes marries American writer and poet (The Bell Jar) Sylvia Plath at St George the Martyr Holborn, London.
1973 - Talk show host Jerry Springer (29) weds Micki Velton
1989 - Actor Hugh Laurie (30) weds theatre administrator Jo Green in Camden, London
1996 - Soap opera actress-singer Kassie Wesley (35) weds James De Paiva (39) in Morganfield, Kentucky
2005 - "American Idol" singer Bo Bice (29) weds Caroline Fisher at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Alabama
2007 - "Two and a Half Men" actor Jon Cryer (41) weds entertainment reporter Lisa Joyner (40) at the Chapel at Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Singer Rod StewartSinger Rod Stewart (2007) 2007 - Rock singer Rod Stewart (62) weds model Penny Lancaster (36) in a cloistered medieval abbey at La Cervara
2012 - Supermodel Agyness Deyn (29) weds "Avatar" actor Giovanni Ribisi (36) in Los Angeles
2012 - "Superbad" actress Aviva Farber (27) weds actor Ken Baumann (22) in Malibu, California
2012 - "Think Like a Man" and "Jumping the Broom" actress Meagan Good (30) weds Columbia Pictures VP DeVon Franklin (33) in Malibu, California

Famous Divorces

Divorces 1 - 1 of 1

Film Producer Robert EvansFilm Producer Robert Evans (2006) 2006 - Lady Victoria White (43) divorces legendary Hollywood film producer Robert Evans (76) due to irreconcilable differences only 10 months after getting married

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 122

956 - Hugo, the Great, duke of France, dies
1246 - Lutgardis/Ludgardis, Flemish mystic/saint, dies at about 64
1361 - John Tauler, German mystic (Gottesfreunde) dies at about 61
1397 - Philip of Artois, Count of Eu, French soldier (b. 1358)
1468 - Jean Le Fevre, Burgundian chronicler (b. ca. 1395)
1492 - Jan Coppenhole, Flemish rebel leader, beheaded
1575 - Hadrianus Junius, [Adriaen the Jonghe], medical/historian, dies at 63
1620 - Carlo Saraceni, [Carlo Veniziano], Italian painter (Judith), dies
1622 - Alexander Seton, 1st Earl of Dunfermline, Chancellor of Scotland (b. 1555)
1623 - Christian, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg-Wolfenbüttel, German Protestant military leader (b. 1599)
1644 - Johannes a Sancto Thoma, [Poinset], Portuguese theologist, dies at 54
1651 - Marsilio Casentini, composer, dies at 74
1671 - Stenka Razin, Cossack rebel leader, tortured & executed in Moscow
1707 - Marie d'Orleans-Longueville, Duchess de Nemours, sovereign princess of Neuchâtel and writer (b. 1625)
1722 - John Churchill up Marlborough, English general strategist, dies at 72
1749 - Johann Baptista Ruffini, Italian trader (b. 1672)
1752 - Giulio Alberoni, Spanish/Italian minister/cardinal, dies at 88
1752 - Joseph Butler, English philosopher (b. 1692)
1777 - Jean-Baptiste-Louis Gresset, French poet and dramatist (b. 1709)
1778 - Konrad Ekhof, German actor (b. 1720)
1779 - Sir Francis Bernard, Governor of New Jersey and Massachusetts (b. 1712)
1792 - Benjamin Tupper, Continental Army officer, and pioneer to the Ohio Country (b. 1738)
1793 - Louis A count d'Affry, general/French ambassador in Netherland, dies
1804 - Johann Adam Hiller, composer, dies at 75
1808 - Georg Wenzel Ritter, composer, dies at 60
1812 - Franz Pforr, German painter/cartoonist (Lukasbund), dies at 23
1815 - Frederik Willem, duke of Brunswick (1813-15), dies in battle
1824 - Charles-François Lebrun, duc de Plaisance, Third Consul of France (b. 1739)
1831 - Joseph Ignaz Schnabel, composer, dies at 64
1837 - Valentino Fioravanti, composer, dies at 72
1850 - William Lawson explorer of New South Wales, Australia (b. 1774)
1855 - John Gorrie, American physician (b. 1803)
1858 - John Snow, English epidemiologist (b. 1813)
1866 - Joseph Méry French poet (b. 1798)
1869 - Charles Sturt, English explorer (b. 1795)
1872 - Norman MacLeod, Scottish clergyman (b. 1812)
1878 - Crawford Long, American physician (b. 1815)
1880 - James Southerton, cricketer (appeared in England's 1st 2 Tests), dies
1881 - Marie Laveau, American Voodoo practitioner (b. 1801)
1881 - Sir Josiah Mason, English manufacturer (b. 1795)
1885 - Wilhelm Camphausen, German painter (b. 1818)
1892 - Victor Tesch, Belgian lawyer/min of Justice, dies at 80
1901 - Hermann Grimm, German writer/poet/historian, dies
1902 - Ernst Schröder, German mathematician (b. 1841)
1905 - Hermann von Wissmann, German explorer/governor of E Africa, dies at 51
1910 - Wendelin Weissheimer, composer, dies at 72
1925 - Chittaranjan Das, Indian patriot and freedom fighter (b. 1870)
1925 - Emmett Hardy, American musician (b. 1903)
1928 - Dr. Mark Keppel, County Superintendent of Los Angeles County Schools from 1902-1928 (b. 1867)
1929 - Bramwell Booth, the 2nd General of The Salvation Army (b. 1856)
1930 - Elmer Ambrose Sperry, US inventor (gyroscope compass), dies
1930 - Ezra Fitch, Abercrombie & Fitch founder (b. 1866)
1932 - Frederik W Van Oaths, psychiatrist/writer (Blades of Grass), dies
1936 - Leib Malach, Yiddish writer, dies
1939 - Chick Webb, American jazz drummer and big band leader (b. 1905)
1940 - DuBose Heyward, US writer (Porgy, Star Spangled Virgin), dies
1940 - Vitezslava Kapralova, composer, dies at 25
1941 - Lodo of Hamel, 1st Dutch secret affiliate, dies
1944 - Marc Bloch, French historian (executed) (b. 1886)
1945 - Aris Velouchiotis, Greek guerrilla resistance leader (b. 1905)
1946 - Ludwig Winder, writer, dies
1946 - Miloje Milojevic, composer, dies at 61
1947 - Jean-Francois Capart, Belgian egyptologist (Memphis), dies at 86
1952 - Andrew Lawson, Scottish-American geologist, first to map the entire San Andreas Fault (b. 1861)
1953 - Margaret Bondfield, English politician and feminist (b. 1873)
1955 - Ozias Leduc, Quebec painter (b. 1864)
1958 - Jose Pablo Moncayo Garcia, composer, dies at 45
1958 - Imre Nagy, Prime Minister of Hungary (b. 1895)
Actor George ReevesActor George Reeves (1959) 1959 - George Reeves, actor (Superman, Gone with the Wind), commits suicide by shooting himself in the head at 45
1961 - O C Scott, cricketer (WI leg-spinner in 8 Tests), dies
1961 - Marcel Junod, Swiss physician (b. 1904)
1963 - J C Powys, writer, dies at 90
1969 - Harold RLG 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis, Brit field marshal, dies at 78
1969 - John BMR "John" Hanlo, poet (Oote oote boe), dies at 57
1969 - Karl Hubert Rudolf Schiske, composer, dies at 53
1970 - Elsa Triolet, writer, dies at 73
1970 - Heino Eller, composer, dies at 83
1970 - Brian Piccolo, American football player (b. 1943)
1971 - Lord Reith, British broadcast executive (b. 1889)
1975 - Don Robey, US gospel/impresario/producer, dies at 71
1976 - Francis E Meloy Jr, US ambassador to Lebanon, kidnapped & killed
1976 - Victor Dalby Lord, ficticious character on One Life to Live, dies
Rocket Scientist Werner von BraunRocket Scientist Werner von Braun (1977) 1977 - Wernher von Braun, rocket scientist (V1/V2), dies at 65 of smoking
1979 - Ben Weber, US composer (Thorne Music Award 1965), dies at 62
1979 - Liselotte Welskopf-Heinrich, writer, dies at 77
1979 - Ignatius Kutu Acheamphong, Ghanaian dictator (b. 1931)
1979 - Nicholas Ray, American film director (b. 1911)
1981 - Humphrey Keervelt, director (Suriname Planning Bureau), murdered
1981 - John S Knight, US newspaper magnate, dies at 86
1981 - Jule Gregory Charney, American meteorologist (b. 1917)
1982 - James Honeyman-Scott, guitarist (Pretenders), overdoses on drugs
1983 - James Arthur Calata, African National Congress (ANC) leader and Anglican clergyman, at 87
1984 - Lew Andreas, American basketball coach (b. 1895)
1986 - Maurice Duruflé, French composer and organist (b. 1902)
1988 - Miguel Piñero, Puerto Rican playwright, actor, and co-founder of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. (b. 1946)
1990 - Eva Turner, British soprano, dies
1991 - Vicky Brown, US singer (Power of Love), dies
1992 - Joris Diels, Flemish/Dutch director/actor (It's a Cruel World), dies
1993 - John B Connally, gov of Texas/shot with JFK in 1963, dies at 76
1993 - Lindsay Hassett, cricketer (3073 runs in Tests), dies

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