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Events of the World: June 1864

Posted By on June 30, 2014

June, 1864. In the UK, overarm bowling was made legal in cricket. Overarm bowling refers to a delivery in which the bowler’s hand is above shoulder height. When cricket originated all bowlers delivered the ball underarm where the bowler’s hand is below waist height.

June 2. The Australian schooner Waratah, built in 1849, was carrying a load of coal between Newcastle and Sydney, when it sunk. Seven men died.

A period horse tram that was brought out and used in 2011.

June 25. A horse tramway opened at the Hague, Netherlands. The first horse-tram of the Netherlands operated between Kneuterdijk and Scheveningen, and operated until 1904 when the route was electrified. A horse tram is a horse-drawn streetcar.


June 27. Writer Ambrose Bierce was wounded at the battle of Kennesaw Mountain in Georgia in the Civil War. He received a serious head wound, which he spent the summer of 1864 recovering from before returning to the front in September 1864. In addition to the Battle of Kennesaw, Bierce was at the Battle of Shiloh. Bierce used these experiences to write several short stories after the war, the most famous being An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.


June 29. The Grand Turk Railway accident known as the  St-Hilaire train disaster was a railroad disaster that occurred on June 29, 1864, near the present-day town of Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Quebec. The train, which had been carrying many German and Polish immigrants, failed to acknowledge a stop signal and fell through an open swing bridge into the Richelieu River. Though uncertain, the widely accepted death toll is 99 persons.The disaster remains the worst railway accident in Canadian history.







June 30. President Abraham Linc0oln signed a bill into law that created the Yosmite Grant.  This is the first instance of park land being set aside specifically for preservation and public use by action of the U.S. federal government, and set a precedent for the 1872 creation of Yellowstone as the first national park. Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove were ceded to California as a state park, and a board of commissioners was proclaimed two years later.


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