1859 : Charles Blondin the French acrobat walked across Niagara Falls on a tightrope. He successfully crossed 340 metres (1,100 feet) across the Niagara Gorge.
1864 : Abraham Lincoln the U.S. President granted Yosemite Valley to California, for the public to use, as a resort and for recreation.
1886 : The 1st transcontinental train trip across Canada departed from Montreal, in Quebec, on its first journey to Port Moody, in British Columbia. The train arrived there within 4 days, on the 4th of July.
1534 : Jacques Cartier became the 1st European to reach Prince Edward Island, Canada.
1800s / 19th century history on the 29th of June
1888 : SQiZZY TAYLOR the Australian gangster was born Joseph Theodore Patrick Leslie Taylor in Brighton, Victoria, Australia (died in 1927 aged 39).
1900s / 20th century history on the 29th of June
1900 : ANTOiNE de SAiNT- EXUPéRY the French writer and pioneering aviator was born Antoine Marie Jean-Baptiste Roger, comte de Saint-Exupéry in Lyon, France (died in 1944 aged 44). He is best known for his book The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince), and aviation writing of the books Wind, Sand and Stars, and Night Flight.
1491 : HENRY VIII of England was born Henry Tudor in the Palace of Placentia, Greenwich, Kent, England (died in 1547 aged 55). Henry the 8th was best known for his 6 marriages to Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard, and Catherine Parr.
1800s / 19th century history on the 28th of June
1859 : The first conformation dog show (dog breed show) was held in Newcastle upon Tyne, in England.
1880 : NED KELLY the Australian bushranger, outlaw and gang leader was captured at Glenrowan, Victoria, Australia. He was convicted and sentenced to death by hanging, which was conducted at the Old Melbourne Gaol, about 4 months later on the 11th November. His last words were “Such is life”.
1880 : Helen Keller the American author and disability rights advocate was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama, USA (died in 1968 aged 87).
1895 : The 1st U.S. passenger train to use electric locomotives, with the start of Baltimore and Ohio Railroad’s Royal Blue running from Washington, D.C., to New York City, USA.
1898 : The 1st SOLO CiRCUMNAVATiON of the GLOBE was completed by sailor JOSHUA SLOCUM, with his round trip journey from Briar Island, Nova Scotia. He was the first person to sail single-handedly around the world. In 1899 he published his epic voyage, Sailing Alone Around the World, and the book won him widespread fame. In 1909 Joshua Slocum aged 65 set sail on a usual winter voyage to the West Indies, and was never heard from again, and was declared legally dead in 1924.
1848 : The 1st known photojournalism photograph was taken, when the June Days uprising staged by French workers in Paris, France, was photographed. The black and white photograph featured a street scene showing barricades on rue Saint-Maur during the uprising.
1852 : ANTONi GAUDí the Spanish architect was born Antoni Gaudí i Cornet in Reus or Riudoms, Catalonia, Spain (died in 1926 aged 73). He is best known for designing Park Güell, and the church of the Sagrada Família, in Barcelona. Official websites : SagradaFamilia.org | ParkGuell.barcelona
1868 : A patent for the invention of the Type-Writer was given to Christopher Latham, the inventor.
1887 : BANFF National Park became the Canada’s 1st national park, when The Rocky Mountains Park Act became law in Canada. Banff covers 6,641 square kilometres (2,564 sq miles) and consists of mountainous alpine terrain, glaciers/ ice fields, and coniferous forests.
1894 : The International Olympic Committee was founded at the Sorbonne, University of Paris, in France.
1944 : U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the G.I. Bill, an unprecedented act of legislation designed to compensate returning members of the armed services, known as G.I.s, for their efforts in World War II.
1936 : Kris Kristofferson the American singer-songwriter and actor was born Kristoffer Kristofferson in Brownsville, Texas, USA. Official website : KrisKristofferson.com
1948 : Todd Rundgren the American musician was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. official website : Todd-Rundgren.com
1749 : HALiFAX in Nova Scotia was founded and named after the 2nd Earl of Halifax. Halifax is part of the traditional ancestral lands of the l’nu peoples, known as Mi’kma’ki, which have resided in Nova Scotia, plus New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island prior to the Europeans landing in North America in the 1400s to the 1500s, setting up their fisheries. Halifax had a population of 403,131 people in 2016. Official websites : Halifax.ca | DiscoverHalifaxNS.com
1900s / 20th century history on the 21st of June
1905 : Jean-Paul Sartre the French philosopher was born in Paris, France (died in 1980 aged 74).