Events in History on June 8

  • 65 Jews revolt against Rome, capturing fortress of Antonia in Jerusalem
  • 68 Roman Senate accepts emperor Galba

Historic Event

218 Elagabalus becomes the emperor of Rome

Historic Event

452 Italy invaded by Attila the Hun

  • 536 St Silverius begins his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 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
  • 979 Louis V de Luie, crowned King of France

Historic Siege

1191 King Richard I of England arrives at Acre in modern day Israel to join the Siege of Acre during the Third Crusade


1405 Richard le Scrope, Archbishop of York and Thomas Mowbray, Earl of Norfolk, are executed in York on the King of England, Henry IV's orders


1551 Pope Julius III excommunicates Duke Ottario Farnese of Parma

  • 1624 Earthquake strikes Peru

Victory in Battle

1632 Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange, conquers Sittard

  • 1663 Battle at Amegical: English & Portuguese fleet beats Spanish
  • 1690 Siddi general Yadi Sakat, razes the Mazagon Fort in Mumbai
  • 1694 English troops attack Brest (300 killed)
  • 1761 British fleet occupies Belle Île off the Brittany Coast

Historic Event

1779 Admiral Horatio Nelson and Captain Thomas Hardy on HMS Foudroyant set sail against Spanish fleet

  • 1783 Laki volcano in southern Iceland begins 8-month eruption, killing 10,000 and causing widespread famines throughout Asia and Europe
  • 1786 Commercially made ice cream 1st advertised (Mr Hall in NYC)

Bill of Rights

1789 James Madison introduces a proposed Bill of Rights in the US House of Representatives

  • 1809 William Hyde Wollaston invents the first reflective goniometer
  • 1815 39 German states unite under Act of Confederation
  • 1817 An uprising involving three hundred workers in the English town of Pentrich begins but is quashed almost immediately
  • 1824 Washing machine patented by Noah Cushing of Quebec
  • 1834 HMS Beagle sails from Port Famine to Cape Turn
  • 1846 Battle at Gwanga: British troops beat Bantu
  • 1856 Pitcairn Islanders arrive on Norfolk Island
  • 1861 American Civil War: Tennessee votes to secede from the Union
  • 1861 US Sanitary Commission is given executive approval
  • 1862 Valley Campaign-Battle of Cross Keys, Virginia
  • 1865 Tristanderl und Zusholde, premieres
  • 1869 Ives W. McGaffey of Chicago patents the 1st vacuum cleaner, calls it a "sweeping machine"
  • 1872 US Congress endorses penny post card

Historic Event

1880 Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky delivers an emotional speech at the unveiling of a monument to Pushkin in Moscow

  • 1886 First Home Rule Bill for Ireland defeated by 343 votes to 313 in the British House of Common
  • 1887 Herman Hollerith receives a patent for his punch card calculator
  • 1889 Cable Cars begin service in LA
  • 1892 Homer A Plessy refuses to go to segregated RR car (Plessy v Ferguson)
  • 1896 First car thief; Baron de Zuylen’s Peugeot is stolen by his mechanic in Paris

Historic Event

1905 US President Theodore Roosevelt sends identical notes to Japan and Russia urging them to negotiate and end hostilities, offering his personal services

  • 1911 Belgium government of Schollaert falls
  • 1912 Carl Laemmle incorporates Universal Pictures.
  • 1914 34.7°F (1.5°C) in De Bilt, Netherlands
  • 1915 92°F (33.3°C) in De Bilt, Netherlands
  • 1916 Battle of Verdun: Germans capture Fort Vaux after several days of intense fighting
  • 1918 Nova Aquila, brightest nova since Kepler's nova of 1604, discovered
  • 1928 1st US-to-Australia flight lands (Sir Charles Kingford)
  • 1929 Venezuelan rebel Rafael Urbina overthrows Fort Amsterdam, Curacao kidnap governor Fruytier
  • 1931 Suriname Work Committee under Louis Doedel forms in Paramaribo
  • 1937 World's largest flower blooms in NY Botanical Garden, 12' calla lily
  • 1938 Gert Terblanche, a local school boy, discovers fossils of an unknown 'robust-type' human ancestor, later named Paranthropus robustus by Robert Broom, at Kromdraai, Blaauwbank River Valley in South Africa
  • 1940 Discovery of element 93, neptunium, announced
  • 1940 Last British troops leave Narvik, Norway
  • 1941 British & French troops overthrow pro-German Syria
  • 1944 1st SS-Panzer Korps counter attacks at Normandy
  • 1944 Allies occupy Port-en-Bessin Normandy
  • 1944 Dutch Resistance fighter Frans Duwaer arrested
  • 1944 General Montgomery lands in Normandy, sets up HQ in Chateau de Creully

Historic Event

1946 Sukarno calls for anti colonial defiance in Indonesia

  • 1948 John Rudder becomes 1st negro commissioned officer in US marines

Nineteen Eighty-Four Published

1949 Secker & Warburg publishes George Orwell's seminal novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four", set in the totalitarian state of Oceania

  • 1949 Siam changes name to Thailand
  • 1950 Jean Duvieusart becomes Belgian premier
  • 1950 Sir Thomas Blamey becomes the only Field Marshal in Australian history.
  • 1953 Cluster of 6 tornadoes touches down in Flint, Michigan killing 113
  • 1953 Segregated lunch counters in DC forbidden by Supreme Court
  • 1956 Lim Yem Hock forms Singapore government
  • 1956 Richard B. Fitzgibbon, Jr. killed by another USAF airman in Vietnam, becoming the first American killed in the Vietnam War
  • 1959 1st official "missile mail" lands (Jacksonville, Florida)
  • 1959 X-15 makes 1st unpowered flight, from a B-52 at 11,500 m
  • 1960 1st date in James Clavell's novel "Nobel House"
  • 1962 Jim Beatty runs world record 2 mile (8:29.8)
  • 1963 American Heart Association is 1st agency to campaign against cigarettes
  • 1965 US troops ordered to fight offensively in Vietnam
  • 1965 USSR launches Luna 6; it missed the Moon by 99,000 miles
  • 1966 Topeka, Kansas is devastated by a tornado that registers as an "F5" on the Fujita Scale: the first to exceed US$100 million in damages. Sixteen people are killed, hundreds more injured, and thousands of homes damaged or destroyed.
  • 1967 Israel attacks USS Liberty in Mediterranean, killing 34 US crewmen
  • 1968 Bermuda adopts its constitution

Historic Event

1968 James Earl Ray, alleged assassin of Martin Luther King Jr., captured

  • 1968 New colonial constitution for Bermuda adopted


1968 The body of assassinated U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy is laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery

Historic Event

1969 General Franco closes Spain's frontier with Gibraltar

  • 1969 Nixon says 25,000 US troops would leave Vietnam by end of August
  • 1970 MLB players union and management end labor dispute, raising minimum salary to $12,000
  • 1971 General Officer Commanding the British Army Harry Tuzo, then claims that a permanent military solution to the 'troubles' in Northern Ireland could not be achieved
  • 1971 North Vietnam demands US end aid to South Vietnam
  • 1973 Admiral Luis Carrero Blanco appointed premier of Spain
  • 1974 US and Saudi Arabia sign military-economic contract
  • 1975 2 passenger trains collided near Munich, Germany killing 35
  • 1975 USSR launches Venera 9 for Venus landing
  • 1978 51st National Spelling Bee: Peg McCarthy wins spelling deification

Historic Event

1978 Nevada jury rules Howard Hughes "Mormon Will" is a forgery

  • 1979 "The Source," 1st computer public information service, goes on-line
  • 1979 Mariners draft Al Chambers #1
  • 1980 34th Tony Awards: Children of a Lesser God & Evita win
  • 1982 Brazilian B-727 flight crashes into mountain; 135 die
  • 1982 Falklands War: Royal Fleet Auxiliary Sir Gahalad attacked in San Carlos Water ("Bomb Alley") by Argentine aircraft: 48 soldiers and crewman were killed.

Historic Event

1982 US President Ronald Reagan addresses the British Parliament in his "ash heap of history" speech

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

Election of Interest

1986 Alleged Nazi Kurt Waldheim elected President of Austria

  • 1986 Iraqi jets attack Assadabad satellite station in Afghanistan
  • 1987 New Zealand's Labour government legislates against nuclear weapons and nuclear powered vessels in NZ. Only nation to legislate against nuclear power.

Historic Event

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

  • 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 Panama becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty
  • 1996 PBA National Championship Won by Butch Soper

Lady Godiva

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

  • 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.
  • 2009 First section of the elevated High Line park, built on an old railway opens in New York from Gansevoort Street to 20th Street
  • 2012 A bus bombing in Pakistan kills 18 and injures 35 people

Election of Interest

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

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
  • 2017 US prisoner Richard Anthony Jones freed after 17 years in Roeland Park, Kansas when his lookalike discovered
  • 2018 IMF agrees to lend Argentina up to 50 billion dollars
  • 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 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 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
  • 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 New York begins reopening after 100 days of lockdown due to COVID-19 with just 702 hospitalized (18,825 at peak of outbreak)
  • 2020 The Philippines says children won't go back to school until a vaccine is found for COVID-19
  • 2020 World Bank says the COVID-19 pandemic will shrink the global economy by 5.2% in 2020
  • 2021 National Geographic announces it is officially recognizing the South Ocean as the world's fifth ocean