On This Day

What Happened on June 8, 2020

Historical Events

  • Former astronaut Kathy Sullivan is the first woman to reach deepest point of the ocean - Challenger Deep in the Marianas Trench. Formerly the first American woman to spacewalk.
  • Lockdowns for COVID-19 in Europe saved 3 million lives according to study by Imperial College London
  • National Bureau of Economic Research announces the US officially entered recession in February, ending the longest expansion of growth since 1854 (11 years)
  • New York begins reopening after 100 days of lockdown due to COVID-19 with just 702 hospitalized (18,825 at peak of outbreak)
  • The Philippines says children won't go back to school until a vaccine is found for COVID-19
  • World Bank says the COVID-19 pandemic will shrink the global economy by 5.2% in 2020

Famous Deaths

  • Bonnie Pointer, American singer (Pointer Sisters-Jump, I'm So Excited), dies at 69
  • Pierre Nkurunziza, President of Burundi (2005-20), dies at 55
  • Tony Dunne, Irish soccer left-back (33 caps, Republic of Ireland; Manchester United; Bolton Wanderers; Irish Footballer of the Year 1969), dies at 78
2020 Highlights

About June 8, 2020

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 8 months and 24 days
Leap Year: Yes

Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Gemini