June 8 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

452 Italy invaded by Attila the Hun

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

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

1783 Laki volcano in southern Iceland begins 8-month eruption, killing 10,000 and causing widespread famines throughout Asia and Europe

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

1918 Nova Aquila, brightest nova since Kepler’s nova of 1604, discovered

1987 New Zealand’s Labour government legislates against nuclear weapons and nuclear powered vessels in NZ. Only nation to legislate against nuclear power.

Today’s Historical Events

65 Jews revolt against Rome, capturing fortress of Antonia in Jerusalem

68 Roman Senate accepts emperor Galba

218 Elagabalus becomes the emperor of Rome

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

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

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1917 Walt Disney graduates from Benton High School

1942 Bing Crosby records “Silent Night”

1946 Raymond Scott and Bernard Hanighen’s musical “Lute Song”, starring Mary Martin, Yul Brenner, and Nancy Davis, and directed by John Houseman, closes at Plymouth Theater, NYC, after 142 performances

1948 “Texaco Star Theater” premieres on NBC-TV, with “Mr. Television” Milton Berle made permanent emcee in September of the same year

1956 WDAM TV channel 7 in Laurel-Hattiesburg, MS (NBC) begins broadcasting

1969 “Smothers Brothers comedy Hour” last airs on CBS-TV

1969 21st Emmy Awards: “Get Smart”, Don Adams and Susan St James win

1969 KDNL TV channel 30 in Saint Louis, MO (IND) begins broadcasting

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1787 “Tarare” an opera by Antonio Salieri premieres at the Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin in Paris

1948 Revival of Jerome Kerns’ musical “Sally” closes at Martin Beck Theater, NYC, after 36 performances

1963 “Mr President” closes at St James Theater NYC after 265 performances

1964 “The Little Old Lady (from Pasadena)”, recorded by 1960s American pop singers, Jan and Dean, is released

1968 Gary Puckett and Union Gap release “Lady Will Power”

1968 Rolling Stones release “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”

1969 Brian Jones is asked to leave The Rolling Stones

1969 Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor replaces Brian Jones

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1829 1st UK municipal swimming pool outside of London opens in Liverpool

1878 12th Belmont: L Hughes aboard Duke of Magenta wins in 2:43.5

1882 16th Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard Forester wins in 2:43

1899 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal St George’s GC: Harry Vardon of Jersey retains Open; wins 3rd title by 5 strokes from Jack White

1920 Reds’ Edd Roush falls asleep in center during long infield argument Heinie Groh goes to wake him, but umpire ejects Roush for delay of game

1929 61st Belmont: Mack Garner aboard Blue Larkspur wins in 2:32.8

1933 A’s first baseman Jimmie Foxx hits 3 consecutive home runs as Philadelphia outscores New York Yankees, 14 – 10; 4 straight HRs after Foxx had homered last time up the previous day

1935 US Open Men’s Golf, Oakmont CC: 25 year old club pro Sam Parks Jr, with no prior tournament wins, beats Scotsman Jimmy Thomson by 2 strokes

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