June 1-1813: Mortally wounded while engaged in battle with Royal Navy frigate Shannon, U.S. Captain James Lawrence of the USS Chesapeake spoke these famous words, “Don’t give up the ship. Fight her until she sinks.” It was of no use, though. The British boarded and took the Chesapeake.
June 2, 1692: Bridget Bishop was the first to be tried and convicted of witchcraft. She was sentenced to die, and is hanged on June 10th on Gallows Hill.
June 3, 1888: Casey at the Bat by Ernest Lawrence Thayer was published in San Francisco Examiner.
June 4, 1942: WWII – Battle of Midway began.
June 5, 1893: Lizzie Borden’s trial began. She was accused of murdering her parents. She was acquitted 15 days later. This was one of the first rhymes I remember learning. Lizzie Borden took an axe…
June 6, 1933: The first drive-in theater opened in Camden, New Jersey.
June 7, 1692: A massive earthquake destroyed Port Royal, Jamaica, the notorious pirate haven.
June 8, 1869: Ives McGaffey patented a carpet sweeping machine. This was the first patent for a device that cleaned rugs.
June 9, 1860: The 1st “dime” novel was issued: “Malaesk The Indian Wife of the White Hunter”.
June 10, 1752: Benjamin Franklin is reported to have flown a kite, and consequently identified lightning as electricity.
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