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What happened on June 8
- June 8, 0068 The Roman Senate accepts emperor Galba.
- June 8, 0452 Italy invaded by Attila the Hun
- June 8, 0536 St Silverius begins his reign as Catholic Pope
- June 8, 0536 St. Silverius becomes Pope (probable date).
- June 8, 0570 Relgion of Islam (submission) founded in Mecca
- June 8, 0632 "Mohammed, founder of Islam, dies. (probable date)."
- June 8, 0793 The first Viking raid on British soil at Lindisfarne where a set date for the raid is known.
- June 8, 1191 Richard I arrives in Acre thus beginning his crusade.
- June 8, 1405 "Richard le Scrope, Archbishop of York and Thomas Mowbray, Earl of Norfolk, executed in York on Henry IV's orders."
- June 8, 1624 An earthquake strikes Peru.
- June 8, 1783 Laki Volcano in southern Iceland begins 8-month eruption
- June 8, 1783 "The volcano Laki, in Iceland, begins an eight-month eruption which kills over 9,000 people and starts a seven-year famine."
- June 8, 1786 First commercially-made ice cream sold (NY)
- June 8, 1789 James Madison introduces a proposed Bill of Rights in the U.S. House of Representatives.
- June 8, 1815 39 German states unite under the Act of Confederation
- June 8, 1824 Washing machine patented by Noah Cushing of Quebec
- June 8, 1845 "Andrew Jackson, seventh US president, dies in Nashville."
- June 8, 1856 The community of Pitcairn Islands and descendants of the mutineers of the HMAV Bounty consisting of 194 people arrived on the Morayshire at Norfolk Island Commencing the Third Settlement of the Island
- June 8, 1861 People of Tennessee vote to succeed from Union
- June 8, 1861 Tennessee secedes from the Union and joins the Confederacy.
- June 8, 1862 "Valley Campaign-Battle of Cross Keys, Virginia"
- June 8, 1866 The Canadian Parliament meets for the first time in Ottawa.
- June 8, 1869 Ives W McGaffey of Chicago patents a vacuum cleaner
- June 8, 1887 Herman Hollerith receives a patent for his punch card calculator.
- June 8, 1889 Cable Cars begin service in LA
- June 8, 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."
- June 8, 1912 Carl Laemmle incorporated Universal Pictures.
- June 8, 1917 Walt Disney graduates from Benton High School
- June 8, 1918 "Nova Aquila, brightest nova since Kepler's nova of 1604, discovered"
- June 8, 1928 "Second Northern Expedition: NRA captures Beijing, whose name is changed to Beiping."
- June 8, 1928 The first US-to-Australia flight lands (Sir Charles Kingford)
- June 8, 1937 "World's largest flower blooms in NY Botonical Garden, 12' calla lily"
- June 8, 1940 "Discovery of element 93, neptunium, announced"
- June 8, 1940 "HMS GLORIOUS sunk west of Lofoten Islands in Norwegian Sea by 11in gunfire of German battlecruisers 'Scharnhorst' and 'Gneisenau'.1,207 men lost, c40 survivors. Escorting destroyers 'Acasta' and 'Ardent' also sunk"
- June 8, 1941 Allied forces (largely Australian) enter Syria
- June 8, 1941 World War II: Allies invade Syria and Lebanon.
- June 8, 1942 Eisenhower is appointed Commanding General of the European Theater of Operations.
- June 8, 1942 "Tobruk in the African Desert falls to Germans; Axis claims 25,000 prisoners."
- June 8, 1944 FO K.O.Moore pilot of a liberator bomber sunk two U-Boats off the coast of France
- June 8, 1947 Lassie makes its broadcast debut on the ABC radio network.
- June 8, 1948 """The Milton Berle Show"" premiers on NBC TV"
- June 8, 1948 John Rudder becomes first negro commissioned officer in US marines
- June 8, 1948 Milton Berle hosts the debut of Texaco Star Theater.
- June 8, 1949 Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell is published.
- June 8, 1949 "Such celebrities as 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."
- June 8, 1950 "General Sir Thomas Blamey, Commander-in-Chief Allied Land Forces, South West Pacific Area, World War Two, made a Field Marshal, the only Australian appointment to this rank in Australian military history"
- June 8, 1950 Sir Thomas Blamey becomes the only Field Marshal in Australian history.
- June 8, 1953 Cluster of 6 tornaodes touch down in Flint Michigan killing 113
- June 8, 1953 "Flint-Worcester Tornadoes: A tornado hits the U.S. city of Flint, Michigan, and kills 115. This is the last tornado to claim more than 100 lives."
- June 8, 1953 Panmunjon negotiators sign agreement on POWs
- June 8, 1953 Segregated lunch counters in DC forbidden by Supreme Court
- June 8, 1953 Tornadoes kill 110 in Mich & Ohio
- June 8, 1959 The USS Barbero and United States Postal Service attempt the delivery of mail via Missile Mail.
- June 8, 1959 "X-15 makes first unpowered flight, from a B-52 at 11,500 m"
- June 8, 1965 US troops ordered to fight offensively in Vietnam
- June 8, 1965 USSR launches Luna 6; missed Moon
- June 8, 1966 One of the XB-70 Valkyrie prototypes is destroyed in a mid-air collision with a F-104 Starfighter chase plane during a photo shoot. NASA pilot Joseph A. Walker and USAF test pilot Carl Cross were both killed.
- June 8, 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. "
- June 8, 1967 34 U.S. servicemen are killed when Israeli warplanes mistakenly attack the Navy ship Liberty stationed in the Mediterranean.
- June 8, 1967 Number one hit on UK music charts - Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade Of Pale
- June 8, 1967 "Six-Day War: The USS Liberty incident occurs, killing 34 and wounding 171."
- June 8, 1968 "Gary Puckett & The Union Gap release ""Lady Will Power"""
- June 8, 1968 James Earl Ray is arrested for the murder of Martin Luther King Jr.
- June 8, 1968 New colonial constitution for Bermuda adopted
- June 8, 1969 Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor replaces Brian Jones
- June 8, 1974 "An F4 tornado strikes the U.S. city of Emporia, Kansas, killing six."
- June 8, 1975 USSR launches Venera 9 for Venus landing
- June 8, 1979 "The Source, first computer public information service, goes online"
- June 8, 1979 "Wings release ""Back to the Egg"" album"
- June 8, 1982 Reagan addresses joint session of British Parliament
- June 8, 1984 "Homosexuality is declared not a crime in the state of New South Wales, Australia."
- June 8, 1986 Alleged Nazi Kurt Waldheim elected pres of Austria
- June 8, 1986 Former United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim is elected president of Austria.
- June 8, 1987 New Zealand's Labour government legislates against nuclear weapons and nuclear powered vessels. This makes New Zealand the first and (as at June 2006) only nation to ban these things from its territory.
- June 8, 1992 "The first World Ocean Day is celebrated, coinciding with the Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil."
- June 8, 1995 Downed U.S. Air Force pilot Captain Scott O'Grady is rescued by U.S. Marines in Bosnia.
- June 8, 1995 Rasmus Lerdorf launched version 1.0 of the popular scripting language PHP.
- June 8, 1995 "U.S. Air Force Capt. Scott O'Grady is rescued by U.S. Marines, after having to survive alone for several days when his F-16 fighter was shot down."
- June 8, 1996 Panama becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.
- June 8, 1999 "War on Drugs: The government of Colombia announces it will include the estimated value of the country's illegal drug crops, exceeding half a billion US dollars, in its gross national product."
- June 8, 2000 "Pultizer Prize Winning cartoonist Jeff MacNelly, creator of the comic strip Shoe, dies of cancer at age 52."
- June 8, 2004 First Transit of Venus in this millennium.
- June 8, 2007 "MV Pasha Bulker bulk cargo ship runs aground on Nobby's Beach in Newcastle, Australia."
- June 8, 2007 "Roll out ceremony launch for the First of Class Astute class submarine, in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria."
- June 8, 2008 "Jewish Holiday - Shavuot - No work is permitted June 8-10, 2008"
- June 8, 2010 "Taliban executes boy, 7, for spying - Afghanistan"
- June 8, 2010 "The trial of a French trader accused of wracking up almost $6 billion in losses through authorized trades opened in Paris Tuesday. Former Societe Generale employee Jerome Kerviel is facing charges including forgery, breach of trust, and unauthorized computer use. He faces a penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to 375,000 euros ($447,500). The French bank will also ask that Kerviel reimburse it for its loss. - France"