On This Day

Historical Events on June 8 (Part 2)

French Open Women's Tennis

1996 French Open Women's Tennis: Defending champion Steffi Graf beats Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6-3, 6-7, 10-8 for her 5th French singles crown

  • 1997 "Young Man From Atlanta" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 85 performances
  • 1997 French Open Men's Tennis: Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil wins first of 3 French titles; beats Spaniard Sergi Bruguera 6-3, 6-4, 6-2

Sports History

2001 Ray Bourque plays the final game in his NHL career

  • 2002 134th Belmont: Edgar Prado aboard Sarava wins in 2:29.71

French Open Women's Tennis

2002 French Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams wins her first French title; beats older sister Venus Williams 7-5, 6-3

LPGA Championship

2003 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, DuPont CC: Sweden's Annika Sörenstam wins in a playoff over Grace Park of South Korea with a par on the first sudden death hole

  • 2003 57th Tony Awards: Hairspray & Take Me Out win
  • 2003 French Open Men's Tennis: Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero claims his lone major title; beats Dutchman Martin Verkerk 6-1, 6-3, 6-2
  • 2003 Senior PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Aronimink GC, PA: John Jacobs wins his only Champions Tour major title with a 2 stroke margin to runner-up Bobby Wadkins
  • 2004 Transit of Venus (between Earth & Sun) occurs
  • 2007 Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia is hit by the State's worst storms and flooding in 30 years resulting in the death of nine people and the grounding of trade ship, the MV Pasha Bulker

Music Concert

2007 Jazz legend Oscar Peterson forced to cancel his appearance at Carnegie Hall all-star performance (held in his honour), owing to illness

  • 2008 The Akihabara massacre took place on the Sunday-pedestrian-zoned Chūōdōri street. A man killed seven in an attack on a crowd using a truck and a dagger.
  • 2008 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Bulle Rock GC: 19-year old tour rookie Yani Tseng of Taiwan wins a 4th hole playoff over Swede Maria Hjorth

French Open Men's Tennis

2008 French Open Men's Tennis: Rafael Nadal equals Björn Borg's Open era record of 4 consecutive French titles; outclasses Roger Federer 6-1, 6-3, 6-0

  • 2012 A bus bombing in Pakistan kills 18 and injures 35 people
  • 2013 145th Belmont: Mike Smith aboard Palace Malice wins in 2:30.70
  • 2013 French Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams wins her second French title; beats defending champion Maria Sharapova of Russia 6-4, 6-4
  • 2013 NHL Western Conference Finals: Chicago Blackhawks beat Los Angeles Kings, 4 games to 1
  • 2014 French Open Men's Tennis: Rafael Nadal beats Novak Đoković 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4; record extending 9th French title; ties Pete Sampras with 14 Grand Slam singles titles

Music History

2014 Audra McDonald wins a Tony for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar And Grill"

  • 2015 MLB Draft: Vanderbilt shortstop Dansby Swanson first pick by Arizona Diamondbacks

Historic Event

2017 Ex-FBI chief James Comey testifies to a US Senate committee that US President Donald Trump told "lies plain and simple"

  • 2017 UN states Islamic State forces have shot and killed hundreds of fleeing civilians during battle for Mosul, Iraq in past two weeks

Election of Interest

2017 British General Election results in a hung parliament, Prime Minister Theresa May and the Conservative party lose their majority

  • 2017 US prisoner Richard Anthony Jones freed after 17 years in Roeland Park, Kansas when his lookalike discovered
  • 2018 NBA Finals: Golden State Warriors claim 3rd title in 4 years with a 108-85 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers for 4-0 sweep; MVP: Kevin Durant for second straight year
  • 2018 WhatsApp rumours of child kidnappers in India prompt two men to be beaten to death by a mob in Karbi Angong district, Assam
  • 2018 IMF agrees to lend Argentina up to 50 billion dollars
  • 2018 World's most powerful supercomputer, Summit, can process 200,000 trillion calculations per second, launched at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee, by IBM and NVidia
  • 2019 151st Belmont Stakes: Sir Winston with 2014 winner Joel Rosario aboard claims victory at 10-1
  • 2019 French Open Women's Tennis: Australian Ashleigh Barty beats Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova 6-1, 6-3 to win her first Grand Slam singles title
  • 2019 Albanian President Ilir Meta cancels nationwide local elections amid constitutional crisis after the opposition refuses to participate until Prime Minister Edi Rama resigns
  • 2020 New York begins reopening after 100 days of lockdown due to COVID-19 with just 702 hospitalized (18,825 at peak of outbreak)
  • 2020 National Bureau of Economic Research announces the US officially entered recession in February, ending the longest expansion of growth since 1854 (11 years)
  • 2020 World Bank says the COVID-19 pandemic will shrink the global economy by 5.2% in 2020
  • 2020 The Philippines says children won't go back to school until a vaccine is found for COVID-19
  • 2020 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.
  • 2020 Lockdowns for COVID-19 in Europe saved 3 million lives according to study by Imperial College London
  • 2021 National Geographic announces it is officially recognizing the South Ocean as the world's fifth ocean