What historic events happened in June?


June 1, 1801 

Brigham Young was born on this day in Whitingham, Vermont. In 1844, Young became the leader of the Mormon church when church founder Joseph Smith of Sharon, Vermont, was shot. The Joseph Smith monument in Sharon and the Brigham Young monument in Whitingham commemorate their lives.

June 1, 1941

The hermit thrush became the Vermont state bird. The hermit thrush lives in Vermont from spring to fall.

Vermont State Bird

June 2, 1981

A Vermont company earned a US patent for the Jogbra. The Jogbra is the invention of Hinda Schreiber, Eugenie Lindahl, and Polly Smith. They wanted to make women runners more comfortable by creating a new type of underwear.

June 5, 1933

The first Civilian Conservation Corps (C.C.C.) in Vermont started work in Danby. The C.C.C. put unemployed men between the ages of eighteen and twenty-three to work on projects in the nation's forests and rural areas.

A Forest Army Goes to Work (PDF)

June 6, 1791 

Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, both to become U.S. presidents, tour Vermont. 

A Visit To Vermont (PDF)

June 6, 1993

The Charlotte Whale became the state marine fossil. The Charlotte Whale is a fossil of a beluga whale, an animal that still survives in artic waters today! The fossil was discovered in Charlotte in 1849 when railroad workers uncovered it while excavating for Vermont's first railroad.

Charlotte Whale

June 7, 1763

The town of Jericho was chartered. Jericho is home to the Jericho Center Country Store. As of 2020, it is one of the oldest stores in the state. It has been operating since 1807.

Jericho Center Country Store (video)

June 8, 1816 

On this day, up to six inches of snow fell over most of Vermont. Another snowstorm in July and killing frosts in August and September erased all hope of raising crops that year. Many hard-pressed Vermonters were forced to eat roots and hedgehogs. Others left the state. The year 1816 has been known in Vermont ever since as "the year without a summer" and "eighteen-hundred-and-froze-to-death." 

The Year Without a Summer (PDF)

June 11, 1954 

Vermont senator Ralph Flanders began his successful campaign to censure Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin. McCarthy had been the leader of public hearings that set out to accuse Americans in government of having communist sympathies. McCarthy accused people without enough evidence, violating their rights to a fair trial under the Constitution.

June 14, 1834 

Isaac Fisher of Springfield receives a patent from the United States government for the invention of sandpaper.

Yankee Ingenuity in the Green Mountains (PDF)

June 15, 1785

The Vermont Legislature gave Reuben Harmon of Rupert permission to make copper coins for the state. Harmon minted the coins from 1785 through 1788.

Making a Mint in Vermont (PDF)

June 17, 1891

The last stone was placed in the building of the Fairbanks Museum of Natural History in St. Johnsbury. Franklin Fairbanks built the museum as a gift to the people of St. Johnsbury. The museum displayed the natural history collections owned by Fairbanks. A planetarium was added to the museum in 1961.

June 26, 1848

The first passengers traveled on the newly constructed Vermont Central Railroad. The passengers traveled by train from White River Junction to Bethel.

June 28, 1825

The Marquis de Lafayette visited Montpelier on a triumphal journey commemorating his loyal support of the American Revolution fifty years before. Lafayette was a French nobleman who put his fortune and his life at the service of George Washington and became one of our nation's heroes.

June 28, 1899

Mary Annette Anderson was the first woman of color to graduate from Middlebury College. She was the best student in her class.

Mary Annette Anderson

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Vermont Historical Society. "June." Vermont History Explorer. Accessed July 20, 2024. https://blog.vermonthistoryexplorer.org/june

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