This Day in History for 16th June

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 203

632 - Origin of Persian [Yezdegird] Era
1338 - German monarch declares pope & king's decree redundant
1487 - Battle at Stoke: 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 - English 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.
1775 - Liberty Bell rang for the 2nd Continental Congress
1779 - In support of the US, Spain declares war on England
1779 - Vice-admiral Hardy sails out of Isle of Wight against Spanish Armada
1779 - Spain declares war on the Kingdom of Great Britain, and the siege of Gibraltar begins.
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
The Sun King of France Louis XIVThe Sun King of France Louis XIV 1823 - King Willem I opens shipyard at Rotterdam-Antwerp
1832 - Battle of Kellogg's Grove, Ill
1836 - London Working Men's Association forms
1858 - Abraham Lincoln says "A house divided against itself cannot stand"
1861 - Battle of Vienna, VA & Secessionville, SC (James Island)
1864 - Battle of Lynchburg VA
1864 - Skirmish at Golgotha Georgia
1864 - Union General 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
1881 - Austria-Hungary & Serbia sign military treaty
1882 - 17" hailstones weighing 1.75 lbs fall in Dubuque Iowa
US President Abraham LincolnUS President Abraham Lincoln 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
1903 - 1st Highlander (Yankee) shut-out victory 1-0 over White Sox
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.
Novelist & Poet James JoyceNovelist & Poet James Joyce 1909 - 1st US airplane sold commercially, by Glenn Curtiss for $5,000
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.
Versatile Athlete Jim ThorpeVersatile Athlete Jim Thorpe 1931 - Austrian government of Ender falls
1932 - Germany forbids SA/SS-gang fights
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
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)
32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt 1944 - Iceland adopts constitution
1944 - King George VI visits 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
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 238

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)
1895 - Stan Laurel, [Arthur S Jefferson], comedian (Laurel & Hardy)
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

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 12 of 12

1855 - Salvation Army founder William Booth marries Catherine Mumford
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
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

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 120

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)
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 - John Honeyman-Scott, guitarist (Pretenders), overdoses on drugs
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
1994 - Boris Alexandrov, conductor (Red Army Song/Dance Ensemble, dies at 88

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