YEAR DAY EVENT
65CE Jun 8 Jews revolted against Rome, capturing the fortress of Antonia in Jerusalem.
452 Jun 8 Italy was invaded by Attila the Hun.
1376 Jun 8 Edward (b.1330), the “Black Prince” of Wales, son of King Edward III of England and Queen Philippa of Hainault, died at Westminster Palace, Middlesex.
1671 Jun 8 Tomaso Albinoni, Italian composer (Adagio in G-minor), was born.
1724 Jun 8 John Smeaton, English engineer, was born.
1743 Jun 8 Alessandro Cagliostro, adventurer, was born in Palermo, Italy.
1794 Jun 8 Maximilian Robespierre, French Revolutionary leader, worried about the influence of French atheists and philosophers, staged the “Festival of the Supreme Being” in Paris.
1810 Jun 8 Robert Schumann (d.1856), German composer, was born in Zwickau, Germany.
1813 Jun 8 David D. Porter, Union Admiral, was born.
1824 Jun 8 A washing machine was patented by Noah Cushing of Quebec.
1829 Jun 8 John Everett Millais, painter (Order of Release), was born in England.
1861 Jun 8 Tennessee voted to secede from the Union and joined the Confederacy.
1862 Jun 8 The Army of the Potomac defeated the Confederates at the Battle of Cross Keys, Virginia, during the Peninsula Campaign.
1863 Jun 8 Residents of Vicksburg, Miss., fled into caves as Grant’s army began shelling the town.
1864 Jun 8 Abraham Lincoln was nominated for another term as president during the National Union (Republican) Party’s convention in Baltimore.
1866 Jun 8 Prussia annexed the region of Holstein.
1889 Jun 8 Gerard Manley Hopkins (54), poet, died.
1896 Jun 8 The 1st car was stolen.
1904 Jun 8 U.S. Marines landed in Tangiers, Morocco, to protect U.S. citizens.
1905 Jun 8 US Pres. Theodore Roosevelt offered to act as a mediator in the Russo-Japanese War.
1915 Jun 8 William Jennings Bryan, Woodrow Wilson’s Secretary of State, resigned in a disagreement over U.S. handling of the sinking of the Lusitania. [see Jun 7]
1916 Jun 8 Francis Crick, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA (Nobel 1962), was born.
1917 Jun 8 Byron R. White (d.2002), later US Supreme Court Justice (1962-1993), was born in Fort Collins, Colo.
1918 Jun 8 Robert Preston, actor (The Music Man), was born.
1921 Jun 8 Suharto (d.2008), later dictator of Indonesia, was born.
1937 Jun 8 Joan Rivers (comedienne, talk show host: Can We Talk), was born.
1942 Jun 8 Bing Crosby recorded “Adeste Fideles” and “Silent Night” in Los Angeles for Decca Records.
1944 Jun 8 The 1st SS-Panzer Korps counter attack was at Normandy.
1947 Jun 8 Sara Paretsky, detective novelist, was born.
1949 Jun 8 Emmanuel Ax, pianist (Artur Rubinstein Comp-1974), was born in Lvov, Poland.
1950 Jun 8 Alex Van Halen, drummer for the hard rock group Van Halen, was born.
1951 Jun 8 Paul Bobel, Werner Braune, Erich Naumann, Otto Ohlendorf, Oswald Pohl, W. Schallenmair & Otto Schmidt, last Nazi war criminals, were hanged by Americans at Landsberg Fortress.
1953 Jun 8 The Supreme Court ruled that restaurants in Washington, D.C. could not refuse to serve blacks.
1957 Jun 8 Mao ordered an “anti-rightist” witch hunt and Deng Xiaoping executed it.
1959 Jun 8 The NASA rocket powered X-15 made its first glide flight.
1965 Jun 8 President Lyndon B. Johnson authorized commanders in Vietnam to commit U.S. ground forces to combat.
1966 Jun 8 Gemini astronaut Gene Cernan attempted to become the first man to orbit the Earth untethered to a space capsule, but was unable to when he exhausts himself fitting into his rocket pack.
1968 Jun 8 Authorities announced the capture in London of James Earl Ray, the suspected assassin of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
1978 Jun 8 A jury in Clark County, Nev., ruled the so-called “Mormon will,” purportedly written by the late billionaire Howard Hughes, was a forgery.
1982 Jun 8 President Reagan became the first American chief executive to address a joint session of the British Parliament.
1986 Jun 8 Kurt Waldheim, an alleged Nazi, was elected president of Austria.
1987 Jun 8 Fawn Hall began testifying at the Iran-Contra hearings, describing how, as secretary to National Security aide Oliver L. North, she helped to shred some documents and spirit away others.
1988 Jun 8 The judge in the Iran-Contra conspiracy case ruled that Oliver North, John Poindexter, Richard Secord and Albert Hakim had to be tried separately.
1989 Jun 8 Chinese Premier Li Peng appeared on TV, praising a group of army soldiers, apparently for their role in crushing the student-led pro-democracy movement.
1990 Jun 8 Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir announced he had succeeded in forming a new right-wing coalition government, ending a three-month-old political crisis.
1991 Jun 8 Preakness winner “Hansel” won the Belmont Stakes.
1992 Jun 8 US Secretary of State James A. Baker III and Russian Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev met in Washington to try to pave the way for a new round of strategic arms cuts.
1993 Jun 8 Los Angeles voters elected their first registered Republican mayor since 1961, choosing Richard Riordan over City Councilman Michael Woo.
1994 Jun 8 President Clinton returned to Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes scholar, to receive an honorary doctorate.
1995 Jun 8 US Marines rescued U.S. Air Force pilot Captain Scott O’Grady, whose F-16C fighter jet had been shot down by Bosnian Serbs on June second.
1996 Jun 8 Editor’s Note won the Belmont Stakes.
1997 Jun 8 Jon Nakamatsu of San Jose won the Van Cliburn Int’l. Piano Competition in Texas.
1998 Jun 8 The US FTC filed a suit against Intel Corp. for using its monopoly power to bully other computer companies.
1999 Jun 8 President Clinton announced new restrictions aimed at making it tougher for teens to sneak into R-rated movies.
2000 Jun 8 In Nigeria rioting in Lagos and a nationwide strike began after a 50% increase in fuel prices.
2001 Jun 8 British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his Labour Party swept to a second term, winning re-election by a crushing margin.
2002 Jun 8 Serena Williams won the French Open, defeating her older sister, Venus.
2003 Jun 8 A coalition of US mayors meeting in Denver asked federal officials to bypass state governments and give them the money they needed to beef up homeland security.
2004 Jun 8 John Ashcroft, US Attorney General, told Congress he would not release a 2002 policy memo on the degree of pain and suffering legally permitted during enemy interrogations.
2005 Jun 8 The US Senate confirmed California judge Janice Rogers Brown for the federal appeals court, ending a two-year battle.
2006 Jun 8 The US offered a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the capture of Jorge Eduardo Costilla Sanchez, a reputed Mexican drug cartel chieftain, whose group allegedly smuggles tons of cocaine and marijuana north each year.
2007 Jun 8 US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that bitter divisions over the Iraq war on Capitol Hill led the Bush administration to replace Gen. Peter Pace with Adm. Mike Mullen, currently chief of naval operations.
2008 Jun 8 In Ohio a small plane crashed in a residential area of Sandusky County and all 6 people aboard were killed.
2009 Jun 8 The US border patrol said a Mexican truck driver was arrested over the weekend at a checkpoint in San Diego County after 73 illegal Mexican immigrants were found in the back of his rig.
2010 Jun 8 The US Supreme Court derailed a key part of Arizona’s campaign finance system by at least temporarily blocking extra money for publicly funded candidates outspent by privately financed rivals or targeted by independent groups’ spending.
2011 Jun 8 An increasing number of Democratic and Republican members of congress called for scandal-plagued New York Representative Anthony Weiner to resign. Meanwhile, sources revealed that his wife, Huma Abedin, an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is pregnant.
2012 Jun 8 US federal regulators approved pertuzumab (Perjeta), a new, less toxic breast cancer drug made by Genentech.

Source: Timelines of History

 

 

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