What happened this day in history June 8

What are the important events that happened on June 8? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

June 8: Facts & Myths About This Day

June 8 is the 159th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 206 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is May 26, 2021 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 450,864 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hectapentacontaenneagon’ day.

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Gemini is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Pearl is the modern birthstone for this month. Moonstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 238 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 3,091 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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June 8 Historical Events

  • 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.
  • 1783
    The volcano Laki, in Iceland, begins an eight-month eruption which kills over 9,000 people and starts a seven-year famine.
  • 1928
    Second Northern Expedition: The National Revolutionary Army captures Peking, whose name is changed to Beiping (“Northern peace”).
  • 1942
    World War II: Japanese imperial submarines I-21 and I-24 shell the Australian cities of Sydney and Newcastle.
  • 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.
  • 1984
    Homosexuality is declared legal in the Australian state of New South Wales.
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • 1671
    Tomaso Albinoni, Italian composer (d. 1751)
  • 1876
    Alexandre Tuffère, French-Greek athlete (d. 1958)
  • 1921
    Alexis Smith, Canadian actress (d. 1993)
  • 1923
    Malcolm Boyd, American Episcopal Priest and author
  • 1936
    Kenneth G. Wilson, American physicist, Nobel laureate
  • 1942
    Chuck Negron, American singer (Three Dog Night)
  • 1947
    Eric F. Wieschaus, American biologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • 1953
    Ad Tak, Dutch cyclist
  • 1972
    Christian Mayrleb, Austrian footballer
  • 1986
    Patrick Kaleta, American hockey player

Who died on June 8?

  • 632
    Muhammad, Prophet of Islam (b. 570)
  • 1714
    Sophia of Hanover, heir to the throne of Great Britain (b. 1630)
  • 1857
    Douglas William Jerrold, British playwright and satirist (b. 1803)
  • 1951
    Eugène Fiset, Canadian military officer and politician (b. 1874)
  • 1966
    Anton Melik, Slovenian geographer (b. 1890)
  • 1984
    Gordon Jacob, English composer (b. 1895)
  • 1987
    Alexander Iolas, Greek gallerist and collector (b. 1907)
  • 1998
    Sani Abacha, President of Nigeria (b. 1943)
  • 2003
    Leighton Rees, Welsh darts player (b. 1940)
  • 2007
    Kenny Olsson, Swedish speedway racer (b. 1977)

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