What Happened on June 8

Significant Events

  • 793 Vikings in long ships from modern-day Norway plunder St Cuthbert's monastery on Lindisfarne Island, off the northeast coast of England
  • 1191 King Richard I of England arrives at Acre in modern day Israel to join the Siege of Acre during the Third Crusade
  • 1789 James Madison introduces a proposed Bill of Rights in the US House of Representatives
  • 1918 Nova Aquila, brightest nova since Kepler's nova of 1604, discovered
  • 1987 New Zealand's Labour government legislates against nuclear weapons and nuclear powered vessels in NZ. Only nation to legislate against nuclear power.
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Did You Know?

Ives W. McGaffey of Chicago patents the 1st vacuum cleaner, calls it a "sweeping machine"

On June 8, 1869

Famous Weddings

  • 1927 Painter Marcel Duchamp (39) weds Lydie Sarazin-Lavassor
  • 1931 Songwriter Johnny Mercer (21) weds chorus girl Ginger Meehan in New York City
  • 1958 Author and a science pioneer in the semiconductor industry Andrew Grove (21) weds Eva Kastan
  • 1961 English prince Edward, Duke of Kent, weds Katharine Worsley
  • 1974 NBA forward Jerry Lucas (34) weds second wife Sharalee Beard

Famous Divorces

  • 1949 Actor Burgess Meredith (41) divorces actress Paulette Goddard (39) after 5 years of marriage
  • 1999 Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch (68) divorces journalist Anna Torv (55) after 31 years of marriage
  • 2004 "TLC" singer Tionne Watkins (34) divorces rapper Mack 10 (32) due to adultery after nearly 4 years of marriage
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