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
The Roman Senate proclaims Galba as emperor.
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.
The volcano Laki, in Iceland, begins an eight-month eruption which kills over 9,000 people and starts a seven-year famine.
Second Northern Expedition: The National Revolutionary Army captures Peking, whose name is changed to Beiping (“Northern peace”).
World War II: Japanese imperial submarines I-21 and I-24 shell the Australian cities of Sydney and Newcastle.
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.
Homosexuality is declared legal in the Australian state of New South Wales.
Downed U.S. Air Force pilot Captain Scott O'Grady is rescued by U.S. Marines in Bosnia.
The first Venus Transit in modern history takes place, the previous one being in 1882.
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?
Tomaso Albinoni, Italian composer (d. 1751)
Alexandre Tuffère, French-Greek athlete (d. 1958)
Alexis Smith, Canadian actress (d. 1993)
Malcolm Boyd, American Episcopal Priest and author
Kenneth G. Wilson, American physicist, Nobel laureate
Chuck Negron, American singer (Three Dog Night)
Eric F. Wieschaus, American biologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Ad Tak, Dutch cyclist
Christian Mayrleb, Austrian footballer
Patrick Kaleta, American hockey player
Who died on June 8?
Muhammad, Prophet of Islam (b. 570)
Sophia of Hanover, heir to the throne of Great Britain (b. 1630)
Douglas William Jerrold, British playwright and satirist (b. 1803)
Eugène Fiset, Canadian military officer and politician (b. 1874)
Anton Melik, Slovenian geographer (b. 1890)
Gordon Jacob, English composer (b. 1895)
Alexander Iolas, Greek gallerist and collector (b. 1907)
Sani Abacha, President of Nigeria (b. 1943)
Leighton Rees, Welsh darts player (b. 1940)
Kenny Olsson, Swedish speedway racer (b. 1977)
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