What happened on June 8? There are more than 247 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About June 8

June 8 In HistoryJune 8 is the 160th day of the year 2020. There are 206 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday. This day falls under the 24th week of the year 2020.

On this day in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19191 sunrise occured at 05:31 AM and sunset occured at 08:28 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Gemini. The modern birthstone for this month is Pearl while the mystical birthstone is Moonstone.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 249 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For June 8

  • 68
    The Roman Senate proclaims Galba as emperor.
  • 218
    Battle of Antioch: Elagabalus defeats with support of the Syrian legions the forces of emperor Macrinus. He flees, but is captured near Chalcedon and later executed in Cappadocia.
  • 793
    Vikings raid the abbey at Lindisfarne in Northumbria, commonly accepted as the beginning of the Scandinavian invasion of England.
  • 1191
    Richard I arrives in Acre (Palestine) thus beginning his crusade.
  • 1405
    Richard le Scrope, Archbishop of York and Thomas Mowbray, Earl of Norfolk, are executed in York on Henry IV’s orders.
  • 1690
    Siddi general Yadi Sakat, razes the Mazagon Fort in Mumbai.
  • 1776
    American Revolutionary War: Battle of Trois-Rivières – American attackers are driven back at Trois-Rivières, Quebec.
  • 1783
    The volcano Laki, in Iceland, begins an eight-month eruption which kills over 9,000 people and starts a seven-year famine.
  • 1789
    James Madison introduces twelve proposed amendments to the United States Constitution in the House of Representatives; by 1791, ten of them are ratified by the state legislatures and become the Bill of Rights; another is eventually ratified in 1992 to become the 27th Amendment.
  • 1794
    Robespierre inaugurates the French Revolution’s new state religion, the Cult of the Supreme Being, with large organized festivals all across France.
  • 1856
    A group of 194 Pitcairn Islanders, descendants of the mutineers of HMS Bounty, arrives at Norfolk Island commencing the Third Settlement of the Island.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: Tennessee secedes from the Union.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: Battle of Cross Keys – Confederate forces under General Stonewall Jackson save the Army of Northern Virginia from a Union assault on the James Peninsula led by General George B. McClellan.
  • 1887
    Herman Hollerith applies for US patent #395,791 for the ‘Art of Applying Statistics’– his punched card calculator.
  • 1906
    Theodore Roosevelt signs the Antiquities Act into law, authorizing the President to restrict the use of certain parcels of public land with historical or conservation value.
  • 1912
    Carl Laemmle incorporates Universal Pictures.
  • 1928
    Second Northern Expedition: The National Revolutionary Army captures Peking, whose name is changed to Beiping (“Northern peace”).
  • 1941
    World War II: Allies invade Syria and Lebanon.
  • 1942
    World War II: Japanese imperial submarines I-21 and I-24 shell the Australian cities of Sydney and Newcastle.
  • 1948
    Milton Berle hosts the debut of Texaco Star Theater.
  • 1949
    Celebrities Helen Keller, Dorothy Parker, Danny Kaye, Fredric March, John Garfield, Paul Muni and Edward G. Robinson are named in an FBI report as Communist Party members.
  • 1949
    George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four is published.
  • 1950
    Sir Thomas Blamey becomes the only Australian-born Field Marshal in Australian history.
  • 1953
    Flint-Worcester tornado outbreak sequence: A tornado hits Flint, Michigan, and kills 115.
  • 1953
    The United States Supreme Court rules that Washington, D.C. restaurants could not refuse to serve black patrons.
  • 1959
    The USS Barbero and United States Postal Service attempt the delivery of mail via Missile Mail.
  • 1966
    An F-104 Starfighter collides with XB-70 Valkyrie prototype no. 2 destroying both planes during a photo shoot near Edwards Air Force Base. NASA pilot Joseph A. Walker and United States Air Force test pilot Carl Cross are both killed.
  • 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
    Six-Day War: The Israeli army enters Hebron and the Cave of the Patriarchs.
  • 1967
    Six-Day War: The USS Liberty incident occurs, killing 34 and wounding 171.
  • 1968
    Robert F. Kennedy’s funeral takes place at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York City.
  • 1972
    Vietnam War: Associated Press photographer Nick Ut takes his Pulitzer Prize-winning photo of a naked 9-year-old Phan Thị Kim Phúc running down a road after being burned by napalm.
  • 1982
    Bluff Cove Air Attacks during the Falklands War: 56 British servicemen are killed by Argentine air attack on two landing ships : RFA Sir Galahad and RFA Sir Tristram.
  • 1984
    Homosexuality is declared legal in the Australian state of New South Wales.
  • 1987
    New Zealand’s Labour government establishes a national nuclear-free zone under the New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament, and Arms Control Act 1987
  • 1992
    The first World Ocean Day is celebrated, coinciding with the Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • 1995
    Downed U.S. Air Force pilot Captain Scott O'Grady is rescued by U.S. Marines in Bosnia.
  • 2004
    The first Venus Transit in modern history takes place, the previous one being in 1882.
  • 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 takes place in the Akihabara shopping quarter in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan. Tomohiro Katō drives a two-ton truck into a crowd before leaving the truck and attacking people with a knife.

Who Were Born On June 8?

  • 1625
    Giovanni Domenico Cassini, Italian scientist and astronomer (d. 1712)
  • 1671
    Tomaso Albinoni, Italian composer (d. 1751)
  • 1717
    John Collins, American politician (d. 1795)
  • 1724
    John Smeaton, English civil engineer (d. 1794)
  • 1745
    Caspar Wessel, Danish mathematician (d. 1818)
  • 1757
    Cardinal Ercole Consalvi, Italian Roman Catholic Cardinal (d. 1824)
  • 1810
    Robert Schumann, German composer (d. 1856)
  • 1831
    Thomas J. Higgins, decorated Union Army soldier (d. 1917)
  • 1842
    John Q. A. Brackett, 36th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1918)
  • 1847
    Ida McKinley, First Lady of the United States (d. 1907)
  • 1851
    Jacques-Arsène d'Arsonval, French physicist (d. 1940)
  • 1854
    Douglas Colin Cameron, Canadian politician (d. 1921)
  • 1855
    George Charles Haité, English designer, painter and illustrator (d.1924)
  • 1859
    Smith Wigglesworth, British religious figure (d. 1947)
  • 1860
    Alicia Boole Stott, Irish mathematician (d. 1940)
  • 1867
    Frank Lloyd Wright, American architect (d. 1959)
  • 1872
    Jan Frans De Boever, Belgian painter (d. 1949)
  • 1876
    Alexandre Tuffère, French-Greek athlete (d. 1958)
  • 1885
    Karl Genzken, Nazi physician (d. 1957)
  • 1895
    Santiago Bernabeu Yeste, Real Madrid football player (d. 1978)
  • 1897
    John G. Bennett, British scientist and author (d. 1974)
  • 1901
    Lena Baker, American murderer (d. 1945)
  • 1903
    Marguerite Yourcenar, French author (d. 1987)
  • 1903
    Ralph Yarborough, U.S. Senator from Texas (d. 1996)
  • 1910
    Fernand Fonssagrives, French photographer (d. 2003)
  • 1910
    John W. Campbell, American publisher and editor (d. 1971)
  • 1911
    Edmundo Rivero, Argentine singer (d. 1986)
  • 1912
    Harry Holtzman, American abstract artist (d. 1987)
  • 1912
    Maurice Bellemare, Canadian politician (d. 1989)
  • 1916
    Francis Crick, English molecular biologist; Nobel laureate (d. 2004)
  • 1916
    Luigi Comencini, Italian film director (d. 2007)
  • 1917
    Byron “Whizzer” White, American football player and Supreme Court Justice (d. 2002)
  • 1918
    John D. Roberts, American chemist
  • 1918
    Robert Preston, American actor (d. 1987)
  • 1920
    Gwen Harwood, Australian poet (d. 1995)
  • 1921
    Alexis Smith, Canadian actress (d. 1993)
  • 1921
    LeRoy Neiman, American painter
  • 1921
    Suharto, President of Indonesia (d. 2008)
  • 1923
    Malcolm Boyd, American Episcopal Priest and author
  • 1924
    Lyn Nofziger, American political operative (d. 2006)
  • 1925
    Barbara Bush, First Lady of the United States
  • 1925
    Del Ennis, baseball player (d. 1996)
  • 1925
    Eddie Gaedel, American baseball player (d. 1961)
  • 1927
    Jerry Stiller, American comedian and actor
  • 1930
    Marcel Léger, Quebec politician (d. 1993)
  • 1930
    Robert Aumann, German-born Israeli mathematician; Nobel laureate
  • 1931
    Dana Wynter, German-born American actress (d. 2011)
  • 1933
    Joan Rivers, American comedian and author
  • 1933
    Rommie Loudd, former American football player, coach, and executive (d. 1998)
  • 1934
    Millicent Martin, English singer and actress
  • 1936
    James Darren, American actor and singer
  • 1936
    Kenneth G. Wilson, American physicist, Nobel laureate
  • 1939
    Bernie Casey, American football player and actor
  • 1940
    Arthur Elgort, American fashion photographer
  • 1940
    Jim Wickwire, American mountaineer
  • 1940
    Nancy Sinatra, American singer
  • 1941
    Fuzzy Haskins, American musician (P Funk)
  • 1941
    Robert Bradford, Northern Irish politician (d. 1981)
  • 1942
    Chuck Negron, American singer (Three Dog Night)
  • 1942
    Doug Mountjoy, Welsh snooker player
  • 1942
    Nikos Konstantopoulos, Greek politician
  • 1943
    Colin Baker, British actor
  • 1943
    Peter Eggert, German footballer
  • 1943
    William Calley, American war criminal
  • 1943
    Willie Davenport, American athlete (d. 2002)
  • 1944
    Annie Haslam, English painter and singer (Renaissance)
  • 1944
    Boz Scaggs, American singer and songwriter
  • 1944
    Marc Ouellet, Archbishop of Quebec City
  • 1944
    Mark Belanger, American baseball player (d. 1998)
  • 1946
    Alan Scarfe, British-born Canadian actor
  • 1947
    Eric F. Wieschaus, American biologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • 1947
    Sara Paretsky, American author
  • 1949
    Emanuel Ax, Polish-born pianist
  • 1949
    Jeffrey Mylett, American actor (d. 1986)
  • 1950
    Kathy Baker, American actress
  • 1950
    Sonia Braga, Brazilian actress
  • 1951
    Bonnie Tyler, Welsh country, pop and rock singer
  • 1951
    Tony Rice, American acoustic guitarist
  • 1953
    Ad Tak, Dutch cyclist
  • 1953
    Jani Kovačič, Slovenian singer-songwriter
  • 1953
    Olav Stedje, Norwegian singer-songwriter
  • 1954
    Greg Ginn, American guitarist (Black Flag)
  • 1954
    Marios Tokas, Greek-Cypriot composer (d. 2008)
  • 1954
    Sergei Storchak, Russian deputy finance minister
  • 1955
    Griffin Dunne, American actor
  • 1955
    Tim Berners-Lee, English internet developer
  • 1956
    Udo Bullmann, German politician
  • 1957
    Dimple Kapadia, Indian actress
  • 1957
    Don Robinson, American baseball player
  • 1957
    Scott Adams, American cartoonist
  • 1958
    Keenen Ivory Wayans, American actor and director
  • 1960
    Mick Hucknall, English singer and songwriter (Simply Red)
  • 1960
    Thomas Steen, Swedish hockey player
  • 1962
    John Gibbons, American Baseball Player/Manager
  • 1962
    Kristine W, American musician
  • 1962
    Nick Rhodes, English musician (Duran Duran)
  • 1963
    Frank Grillo, American actor
  • 1963
    Keti Garbi, Greek singer
  • 1964
    Butch Reynolds, American former 400m runner
  • 1965
    Chris Chavis, American professional wrestler
  • 1965
    Kevin Farley, American actor
  • 1965
    Rob Pilatus, German-American singer and dancer (d. 1998)
  • 1966
    Doris Pearson, singer (Five Star)
  • 1966
    Julianna Margulies, American actress
  • 1968
    Rob Ray, Canadian hockey player
  • 1969
    David Sutcliffe, Canadian actor
  • 1969
    J.P. Manoux, American actor
  • 1969
    Marcos Siega, American director
  • 1970
    Gabrielle Giffords, American politician
  • 1970
    Kelli Williams, American actress
  • 1970
    Kwame Kilpatrick, former mayor of Detroit, Michigan
  • 1970
    Seu Jorge, Brazilian musician and actor
  • 1970
    Teresa Strasser, American writer and television personality
  • 1970
    Troy Vincent, American footballer
  • 1971
    Mark Feuerstein, American actor
  • 1972
    Christian Mayrleb, Austrian footballer
  • 1972
    Troy Duffy, American director (The Boondock Saints)
  • 1973
    Bryant Reeves, American basketball player
  • 1973
    Lexa Doig, Canadian actress
  • 1973
    Lucija Šerbedžija, Croatian actress
  • 1975
    Bryan McCabe, Canadian hockey player
  • 1975
    Shilpa Shetty, Indian actress
  • 1976
    Kenji Johjima, Japanese baseball player
  • 1976
    Lindsay Davenport, American tennis player
  • 1976
    Trish Goff, American model
  • 1977
    Kanye West, American rapper
  • 1978
    Eun Ji Won, South Korean rapper (Sechs Kies)
  • 1978
    Maria Menounos, American actress and television host
  • 1979
    Adine Wilson, New Zealand netball player
  • 1979
    Derek Trucks, American guitarist
  • 1979
    Pete Orr, Canadian baseball player
  • 1981
    Ai Nonaka, Japanese voice actor
  • 1981
    Alex Band, American singer (The Calling)
  • 1981
    Jess Weixler, American actress
  • 1981
    Matteo Meneghello, Italian racing driver
  • 1981
    Sara Watkins, American fiddler
  • 1982
    Dickson Etuhu, Nigerian footballer
  • 1982
    Irina Lazareanu, Romanian/Canadian model
  • 1982
    Matteo Barbini, Italian rugby player
  • 1982
    Michael Cammalleri, Canadian hockey player
  • 1982
    Nadia Petrova, Russian tennis player
  • 1983
    Kim Clijsters, Belgian tennis player
  • 1983
    Lee Harding, Australian punk rock singer
  • 1983
    Mamoru Miyano, Japanese voice actor
  • 1983
    Pantelis Kapetanos, Greek footballer
  • 1984
    Andrea Casiraghi, Monagasque royalty
  • 1984
    Javier Mascherano, Argentine footballer
  • 1985
    Alexandre Despatie, Canadian diver
  • 1986
    Patrick Kaleta, American hockey player
  • 1987
    Coralie Balmy, French swimmer
  • 1987
    Issiar Dia, Senegalese footballer
  • 1989
    Christina Broccolini, Canadian TV presenter

Who Died On June 8?

  • 632
    Muhammad, Prophet of Islam (b. 570)
  • 1042
    Harthacanute, King of Denmark and England (b. 1018)
  • 1376
    Edward of Woodstock, the Black Prince, son of Edward III of England (b. 1330)
  • 1383
    Thomas de Ros, 5th Baron de Ros, English Crusader (b. 1338)
  • 1384
    Kanami, Japanese actor (b. 1333)
  • 1476
    George Neville, English archbishop and statesman (b. 1432)
  • 1505
    Hongzhi, Emperor of China (b. 1470)
  • 1611
    Jean Bertaut, French poet (b. 1552)
  • 1612
    Hans Leo Hassler, German composer (b. 1562)
  • 1621
    Anne de Xainctonge, French saint (b. 1567)
  • 1628
    Rudolph Goclenius, German philosopher (b. 1547)
  • 1714
    Sophia of Hanover, heir to the throne of Great Britain (b. 1630)
  • 1716
    Johann Wilhelm, Elector Palatine (b. 1658)
  • 1727
    August Hermann Francke, German Protestant minister (b. 1663)
  • 1768
    Johann Joachim Winckelmann, German scholar and archaeologist (b. 1717)
  • 1771
    George Montague-Dunk, 2nd Earl of Halifax, English statesman (b. 1716)
  • 1795
    King Louis XVII of France (b. 1785)
  • 1809
    Thomas Paine, American revolutionary and writer (b. 1737)
  • 1835
    Gian Domenico Romagnosi, Italian physicist (b. 1761)
  • 1845
    Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the United States (b. 1767)
  • 1857
    Douglas William Jerrold, British playwright and satirist (b. 1803)
  • 1874
    Cochise, Apache leader
  • 1876
    George Sand, French author (b. 1804)
  • 1885
    Ignace Bourget, Bishop of Montreal (b. 1799)
  • 1889
    Gerard Manley Hopkins, English Poet(b. 1844)
  • 1924
    Andrew Irvine, English mountain climber (b. 1902)
  • 1924
    George Leigh Mallory, English mountain climber (b. 1886)
  • 1929
    Bliss Carman, Canadian poet (b. 1861)
  • 1945
    Karl Hanke, Nazi official (b. 1903)
  • 1951
    Eugène Fiset, Canadian military officer and politician (b. 1874)
  • 1956
    Marie Laurencin, French painter (b. 1883)
  • 1965
    Edmondo Rossoni, Italian fascist (b. 1884)
  • 1966
    Anton Melik, Slovenian geographer (b. 1890)
  • 1969
    Robert Taylor, American actor (b. 1911)
  • 1970
    Abraham Maslow, American psychologist (b. 1908)
  • 1972
    Jimmy Rushing, American blues singer (b. 1901)
  • 1980
    Ernst Busch, German singer and actor (b. 1900)
  • 1982
    Satchel Paige, American baseball player (b. 1906)
  • 1984
    Gordon Jacob, English composer (b. 1895)
  • 1987
    Alexander Iolas, Greek gallerist and collector (b. 1907)
  • 1993
    Root Boy Slim, American entertainer (b. 1945)
  • 1997
    George Turner, Australian author (b. 1916)
  • 1998
    Maria Reiche, German-born mathematician and archaeologist (b. 1903)
  • 1998
    Sani Abacha, President of Nigeria (b. 1943)
  • 2000
    Jeff MacNelly, American political cartoonist (b. 1948)
  • 2003
    Leighton Rees, Welsh darts player (b. 1940)
  • 2004
    Mack Jones, American baseball player (b. 1938)
  • 2006
    Abouna Matta El Meskeen, Coptic Orthodox monk (b. 1919)
  • 2006
    Robert Donner, American actor (b. 1931)
  • 2007
    Kenny Olsson, Swedish speedway racer (b. 1977)
  • 2007
    Richard Rorty, American postanalytic, pragmatic philosopher (b. 1931)
  • 2008
    Šaban Bajramović, Serbian Romani musician (b. 1936)
  • 2009
    Johnny Palermo American actor (b. 1982)
  • 2009
    Omar Bongo, President of Gabon (b. 1935)
  • 2010
    Andreas Voutsinas Greek actor and theater director (b. 1932)

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