June 1900

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June 19, 1900: Righteous Fists group gives foreign diplomats 24 hour ultimatum to get out of Beijing
June 7, 1900: Carrie A. Nation destroys her first saloon

The following events occurred in June 1900:

June 1, 1900 (Friday)[edit]

  • It was census day in America as workers began the actual count for the 1900 United States Census. In New York, a force of 1,210 had two weeks to finish the count.[1] The tally was eventually 76,212,168.[2] The complete census forms would not be unsealed until December 3, 1973.[3]
  • In South Africa, the city of Pretoria surrendered to British troops under Lord Roberts.[4]

June 2, 1900 (Saturday)[edit]

  • Samori Toure, formerly Emperor of the Wassoulou Empire in West Africa, died at Ndjole, an island in Gabon's Ogooue River, where he was exiled by France after his 1898 defeat by ain Albert Baratier. Baratier commented that Toure "would have compared to Napoleon, found his St. Helena".[5]
  • The French Senate voted an amnesty for Alfred Dreyfus, who had been pardoned earlier (September 18, 1899) by President Loubet. Not until July 19, 1906, was the verdict against Dreyfus set aside.[6]
  • Born: Gordon Sinclair, Canadian journalist who had a Top Ten hit single in 1973 with his spoken recording "The Americans", in Toronto (d. 1984)

June 3, 1900 (Sunday)[edit]

  • William Howard Taft arrived in Manila on the USS Hancock as Governor of the Philippines, replacing Gen. Arthur MacArthur, the last military governor. Taft would say later, "I cannot describe the coldness of the Army officers and the Army men who received us any better than by saying that it somewhat exceeded the coldness of the populace."[7]
  • The International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) was founded in New York.[8]
  • In Germany the most comprehensive meat inspection laws in the world, to that time, took effect.[9]
  • Adventurer Mary Kingsley, who had written two bestsellers about the various peoples of West Africa, died of typhoid fever at the age of 37 in South Africa.[10]
  • The railroad line between Beijing and Tianjin was cut by Boxer rebels.[11]

June 4, 1900 (Monday)[edit]

June 5, 1900 (Tuesday)[edit]

June 6, 1900 (Wednesday)[edit]

  • U.S. President William McKinley signed into law the federal charter for the American Red Cross.[15]
  • Congress enacted a civil and judicial code for Alaska, setting the capital at Juneau and creating a territorial government[16]
  • Congress approved the Agreement with the Comanche, Kiowa and Apache (1892), by which 4,500 square miles (12,000 km2) of Indian land in Oklahoma had been purchased for a bargain price of 93 cents an acre for 29,000,000 acres, despite assertions by the affected tribes (the Kiowa, Comanche and Plains Apache) that the terms had been misrepresented and the agreement had not legally been ratified as required (under the Medicine Lodge Treaty of 1867) by 3/4 of the adult males of the tribe. A Kiowa chief named Lone Wolf brought suit in 1901 against the law, but the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the Indians in the case of Lone Wolf v. Hitchcock, 187 U.S. 553 (1/5/1903). On July 4, 1900, President McKinley proclaimed the area open for settlement effective August 6, 1900.[17] Since the mid-20th century, the government has paid tens of millions of dollars in compensation settlements to the three tribes because of their claims of being defrauded in these issues of the treaty and allotments.
  • Congress funded the reinterment of 267 Southern soldiers from Northern grounds to a special section of the Arlington National Cemetery.[18]
  • Mr. Ryall, the Superintendent of Police in British East Africa (now Kenya), was eaten by a lion after being taken by a railcar, where he was traveling with two other hunters. The lion jumped into the window of a railcar at Kima, where Ryall was sleeping, and dragged him off.[19]

June 7, 1900 (Thursday)[edit]

  • Carrie Nation started her crusade against liquor. Walking into a saloon in Kiowa, Kansas at 8:30 a.m., she told owner John Dobson, "I don't want to strike you, but I am going to break up this den of vice." She then smashed his liquor bottles and the mirror behind the bar, vandalized three other bars in Kiowa, and rode out of town. Because the saloons were operating illegally, she was not arrested. Nation continued her destruction until her death in 1911.[20]
  • Born: Frederick Terman, the "Father of Silicon Valley"; in English, Indiana; and Glen Gray, American saxophonist; born Glen Gray Knoblauch in Metamora, Illinois; (d. 1963)

June 8, 1900 (Friday)[edit]

  • The telescopic sight was approved for mass production, following the report of a special "Board of Officers on Test of Telescopic Sight for U.S. Magazine Rifle", issued to the U.S. War Department. On May 24, the Board reported that the scope made by the Cataract Tool and Optical Company had proved accurate even a range of 2,000 yards—more than a mile.[21]
  • In Beijing, Boxer rebels burned the grandstand of the horse racing track at the country club for Western diplomats. Three British students who rode out to investigate the fire were charged by a crowd of the Chinese and retreated. One of the British horsemen, however, drew his pistol and killed one of the Chinese men. In response, the Imperial government sent armies to surround the foreigners at the Beijing Legation Quarter.[22]

June 9, 1900 (Saturday)[edit]

June 10, 1900 (Sunday)[edit]

  • In response to the Boxer Rebellion, a multinational force of more than 2,000 foreign troops set off by train from Tien-tsin (Tianjin) for Pekin Beijing to protect the citizens of their respective countries. The trains, carrying troops from Britain, the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Russia and Japan, halted at Langfang, not far into the 110-mile (180 km) trip, because the rails had been destroyed, and had to march the rest of the way.[26]
  • In the 1960 film The Time Machine, the traveler stops at this date before proceeding onward to the year 802,701.[27]

June 11, 1900 (Monday)[edit]

  • In Beijing, violence against foreigners took a new turn when Japanese diplomat Sugiyama Akira was murdered by Imperial Chinese soldiers. Akira, the chancellor of the Japanese Legation, had dressed in "top hat and tails" and driven by carriage from the legation quarter to the railway station, where he had planned to greet the relief force arriving from Tianjin, but the rails had been destroyed by the Boxers. Imperial soldiers under the command of General Tung dragged Akira from his carriage and hacked him to bits, then displayed his severed head at the station.[24]
  • Belle Boyd, who spied for the Confederacy during the Civil War and later recounted her experiences to audiences, died of a heart attack while touring Wisconsin.

June 12, 1900 (Tuesday)[edit]

  • By a vote of 201–103, the Reichstag approved the expansion of the Imperial German Navy, doubling the number of ships to 96 in all.[28]
  • In Chicago, hundreds of spectators at a circus were thrown to the ground when the seating collapsed, just as the performance began. Fourteen people were hospitalized. A week earlier, twelve people had been hurt in a collapse of seats at the same circus.[29]

June 13, 1900 (Wednesday)[edit]

  • When three Chinese Boxers came too close to the German legation, one of them, a young man, was captured by the German guards. Baron von Ketteler, the German minister thrashed the Boxer with his cane, ordered his guards to extend the beating, and warned the Chinese Foreign Ministry (the Zongli Yamen) that the boy would die. Over the next few days, the foreign diplomats began shooting at Chinese nationals near the legation quarter. Von Ketteler himself would be killed on June 20.[30] The same day, communication between the foreign embassies and the rest of the world was halted as their telegraph lines were severed.[31]

June 14, 1900 (Thursday)[edit]

  • The Republic of Hawaii formally came to an end as the "Act to Provide a Government for the Territory of Hawaii" took effect.[32] Sanford B. Dole, who had continued as President even after sovereignty was transferred to the United States in 1898,[33] became the first territorial Governor. All persons who were citizens of the Republic as of August 12, 1898, became U.S. citizens.[34]
  • At 7:00 pm, German embassy guards, under the direction of Ambassador Ketteler, fired on Boxer rebels outside the legation quarter, killing 20. Lancelot Giles of the British embassy, recorded the incident in his diary that night, noting the furious shouts from a crowd trying to get into the city. G.E. Morrison, correspondent for the London Times, noted another incident where 45 Chinese were killed in a raid by the Europeans on a temple.[35]
  • The first Bennett Cup auto race, for a prize sponsored by New York Herald publisher James Gordon Bennett Jr., began as five entrants departed from the Parc de Saint-Cloud, near Paris, on a 566 kilometer (352 miles) trip to Lyon. Departing at two minute intervals starting at 3:14 in the morning, the competitors passed through Châteaudun, Orléans, Gien, Nevers, Moulins, and Roanne. Only two drivers (winner Fernand Charron and runner-up Léonce Girardot) would finish the race.[36]

June 15, 1900 (Friday)[edit]

  • Chinese Empress (Tzu Hsi) Cixi, decreed that Boxer rebels could not enter Beijing, in response to fighting between the European legations and the rebels, who continued to pour into the capital.[35]
  • Born: Paul Mares, American jazz trumpeter and leader of New Orleans Rhythm Kings, in New Orleans (d. 1949)

June 16, 1900 (Saturday)[edit]

June 17, 1900 (Sunday)[edit]

June 18, 1900 (Monday)[edit]

  • The Taku Forts of China surrendered at 8:00 a.m., 16 hours after Western navies had begun bombardment. More than 1,000 Chinese defenders were killed or wounded, while the allies lost 184 men. The Russian ship Gilyakwas sunk.[41] The four destroyers of the Chinese Navy, anchored at the Peiho river, were captured and recommissioned as naval vessels in Britain, France, Germany and Russia.[42] The Hai Lung became the British HMS Taku, the Hai Hse became the French ship Takou, the Hai Jing became the German ship Taku and the Hai Hua was later the Russian ship Lieutenant Burakov.[43]

June 19, 1900 (Tuesday)[edit]

  • In Beijing, on the 23rd day of the fifth moon, an ultimatum was delivered to the eleven ambassadors in the Legation quarter. Because of the attack on the Taku Forts, all foreign residents (including diplomats, missionaries and their families) were given until 4:00 pm the next day to leave the Chinese capital.[44] The directive to Mr. Conger stated, "The princes and ministers ... beg that within twenty-four hours the minister of the United States, with his family ... and taking his guards, keeping them under control, will leave for Tientsin, in order to avoid danger. An escort of troops has been dispatched to give protection en route, and the local officials have been also notified to allow the minister's party to pass."[45]

June 20, 1900 (Wednesday)[edit]

  • Clemens von Ketteler, the German ambassador to China, was murdered as he and an aide went to the Chinese Foreign Ministry (Zongli Yamen) without their guards. With seven hours left until a 4 p.m. deadline for all foreigners to leave Beijing, Baron von Ketteler defied his fellow ambassadors and left the safety of the diplomatic quarter. Von Ketteler was shot and killed (by a Boxer later identified as En Hai) as he approached the Zongli Yamen. His interpreter, Heinrich Cordes, survived to return to the embassy, at which point evacuation was no longer an option.[46] American ambassador Conger would later report that he had learned "that Prince Tuan had planned to have his soldiers massacre all the foreign ministers at the Tsungli Yamen on June 20. But ... the impatient soldiers prematurely attacked and killed Baron von Kettler ... we were not invited to the Tsungli Yamen, and so were saved." [47] At 4:00 p.m., Chinese troops began their siege of the Peking Legation Quarter where 900 foreigners, 523 defenders, and 3,000 Chinese Christians held out behind the walls. The siege would last 55 days.[48]

June 21, 1900 (Thursday)[edit]

June 22, 1900 (Friday)[edit]

June 23, 1900 (Saturday)[edit]

  • The day after the discovery of one ancient Chinese library, another was destroyed by fire. The Hanlin Academy Library in Beijing was adjacent to the British Legation and was China's largest collection of works, housing thousands of centuries-old publications. Soldiers under the command of General Chang Foo Shiang set fire to the academy while attacking the British embassy; the library burned to the ground, but the winds blew the flames away from the embassy, which survived unscathed.[55]
  • Foreigners at Tianjin were rescued by the Allied invasion force, led by Major Littleton W.T. Waller and a detachment of U.S. Marines, followed by German, British, Japanese and Italian forces. Future American president Herbert Hoover, a 26-year-old engineer, was among the persons saved.[56]

June 24, 1900 (Sunday)[edit]

  • Boxer rebels attacked the Wangla village in the Hebei province of China, burning down its Catholic church and killing all Christian converts except for four orphan girls. Given the chance to have their lives spared in return for renouncing their faith, the four girls – Lucy Wan Cheng (18), Mary Fan Kun (16), Mary Chi Yu (15) and Mary Zheng Xu (11) – refused, and were murdered. The girls would be among 85 Martyr Saints of China canonized by Pope John Paul II on October 1, 2000.[57]
  • On the night of June 24–25 [Old Calendar 11–12], Boxers with burning torches appeared in all parts of Beijing, attacking Christian dwellings, seizing unfortunate Christians torturing them, and forcing them to renounce Christ. Stomachs were ripped open, heads severed, and dwellings burnt. After the destruction of Christian dwellings, Orthodox Christians were taken outside the city gates to the pagans' idols, interrogated and burnt on fires. Pagan eyewitnesses testified that some of the Orthodox met death with astonishing self-sacrifice. The Orthodox catechist Paul Wang died a martyr's death with a prayer on his lips. The Mission school teacher Ia Wen was tortured twice. The first time, the Boxers chopped her up and covered her half-dead body with earth. When she regained consciousness, her groans were heard by the (pagan) watchman who took her to his guard's booth. But after a while the Boxers seized her again and this time tortured her to death. In both cases Ia Wen joyfully professed Christ before her torturers."[58]
  • Born: Gene Austin, American singer, as Lemeul Eugene Lucas, in Gainesville, TX (d. 1972)

June 25, 1900 (Monday)[edit]

June 26, 1900 (Tuesday)[edit]

  • The Russification of Finland took a new direction when an Imperial ukase issued from Tsar Nicholas II, replacing Finnish with Russian as the official language, to be phased in over five years.[60]
  • The same day in British India, Resolution No. 585 went into effect, requiring that "except in a purely English office", no person would be appointed to a government job "unless he knows both Hindi and Urdu" and that incumbent officials would have one year to learn both languages.[61]

June 27, 1900 (Wednesday)[edit]

  • France and Spain agreed on a boundary between their West African colonies, Mauritania and the Spanish Sahara. The treaty was ratified on March 22, 1901.[62] Mauritania became independent in 1960, and after it gave up claims to the Spanish colony, it now shares the border with Morocco.

June 28, 1900 (Thursday)[edit]

  • In Vienna, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir renounced the right of succession, of his future offspring, to the throne of Austria-Hungary, in order to marry Countess Sophie Chotek von Chotkova in an oath of a morganatic marriage before Foreign Minister Goluchowski.[63] The marriage took place the following Sunday.[64] The couple had four children: Princess Sophie von Hohenberg was born the following year on 24 July 1901, while Maximilian, Duke of Hohenberg was born on 28 September 1902 and Prince Ernst von Hohenberg in 1904. There was also a stillborn son born in 1908. Exactly 14 years after his oath regarding the status of his marriage, Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife the Duchess Sofie were assassinated. This was Sunday June 28, 1914, as part of a campaign to form a Greater Serbia of which Bosnia and Herzegovina, then a province in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, would be a part. World War I.

June 29, 1900 (Friday)[edit]

June 30, 1900 (Saturday)[edit]

  • A fire that killed 326 people started at Pier 8 of in Hoboken, New Jersey, when cotton bales and barrels of turpentine and oil began burning at around 4 o'clock in the afternoon. In less than 15 minutes, high winds spread the blaze a quarter of a mile along the port and on to the four German steamships moored there. The Saale and the Main, each with 150 crew on board, were destroyed, and the Bremen was heavily damaged. On the Saale, the portholes were too narrow for the men inside to escape, and most on board burned to death. The huge liner SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse was saved by being towed into the Hudson River.[67] Despite the best efforts of the Hoboken and New York fire departments to save the piers and the ships, respectively, 326 people were killed.[68]


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