What Happened on June 8
- 452 Italy invaded by Attila the Hun
- 793 Vikings in long ships from modern-day Norway plunder St Cuthbert's monastery on Lindisfarne Island, off the northeast coast of England capturing and killing monks
- 1191 King Richard I of England arrives at Acre in modern day Israel to join the Siege of Acre during the Third Crusade
- 1783 Laki volcano in southern Iceland begins 8-month eruption, killing 10,000 and causing widespread famines throughout Asia and Europe
- 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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- 1969 MLB legend Mickey Mantle gives his farewell retirement speech during "Mickey Mantle Day" at Yankee Stadium, 60,096 see #7 retired
Did You Know?
Ives W. McGaffey of Chicago patents the 1st vacuum cleaner, calls it a "sweeping machine"
On June 8, 1869
Would You Believe?
Reds' Edd Roush falls asleep in center during long infield argument Heinie Groh goes to wake him, but umpire ejects Roush for delay of game
On June 8, 1920
- 1927 Painter Marcel Duchamp (39) weds Lydie Sarazin-Lavassor
- 1931 Songwriter Johnny Mercer (21) weds chorus girl Ginger Meehan (21) in New York City 
- 1952 American singer and actress Judy Garland (29) weds American producer Sidney Luft (36) in Hollister, California; divorce in 1965
- 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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Articles, Photos and Quiz
Nineteen Eighty-Four PublishedThe cover of the first edition of George Orwell's classic novel
June 8, 1949
France's Biggest-Ever Bank RobberyIts vault was thought to be impregnable, but the bank had not reckoned on the ingenuity of a determined thief who died on this day, with the loot still missing.
June 8, 1989
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