On This Day

On This Day in History for June 8 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1984 Homosexuality is declared legal in the state of New South Wales, Australia

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1986 Alleged Nazi Kurt Waldheim elected President of Austria

4th Secretary-General of the United Nations Kurt Waldheim
4th Secretary-General of the United Nations
Kurt Waldheim
  • 1986 Iraqi jets attack Assadabad satellite station in Afghanistan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 Oliver North's secretary Fawn Hall testifies at Iran-Contra hearing

Political Commentator and Iran-Contra Figure Oliver North
Political Commentator and Iran-Contra Figure
Oliver North
  • 1987 New Zealand's Labour government legislates against nuclear weapons and nuclear powered vessels in NZ. Only nation to legislate against nuclear power.
  • 1988 Nippon Airways announces that painting eyeballs on Jets cut bird collisions by 20%
  • 1990 Phil Bradley hits 18th inside-the-park HR in Oriole history
  • 1991 College World Series: Louisiana State defeats Wichita State 6-3
  • 1991 Victory parade following success in the Gulf War is held in Washington, D.C.
  • 1991 Warren Schutte is 1st non American to win NCAA Division 1 golf title
  • 1992 Thomas Klestil succeeds Kurt Waldheim as president of Austria
  • 1993 Premier Marc Bazin of Haiti resigns
  • 1994 7.8 earthquake strikes North Bolivia
  • 1994 Mass murderer Joel Rifkin sentenced to 27 years
  • 1995 Downed U.S. Air Force pilot Captain Scott O'Grady is rescued by U.S. Marines in Bosnia.
  • 1996 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC

  • 1996 Lloyd and Titchard complete 358 stand for 4th wkt Lancs v Essex
  • 1996 PBA National Championship Won by Butch Soper
  • 1996 Panama becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty

EnglandLady Godiva

1996 Revival of the legendary procession of Lady Godiva (Godgifu) naked through Coventry, England

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Lady Godiva as painted in c. 1897 by John Collier
Lady Godiva as painted in c. 1897 by John Collier
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  • 2003 57th Tony Awards: Hairspray & Take Me Out win
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 2012 A bus bombing in Pakistan kills 18 and injures 35 people

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2017 UN states Islamic State forces have shot and killed hundreds of fleeing civilians during battle for Mosul, Iraq in past two weeks

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

British Prime Minister Theresa May
British Prime Minister
Theresa May
  • 2017 US prisoner Richard Anthony Jones freed after 17 years in Roeland Park, Kansas when his lookalike discovered
  • 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 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

Birthdays in History

  • 1981 Sara Watkins, American fiddle player
  • 1982 Katy Morgan-Davies, British politician
  • 1983 Mamoru Miyano, Japanese seiyuu
  • 1984 Andrea Casiraghi, son of Princess Caroline of Monaco
  • 1994 Nicholas Joseph Mills, son of Chris Evert & Andy Mills

Weddings in History

Divorces in History

Deaths in History