Today in History: June 7

Today in History
June 7

1498 Christopher Columbus leaves on his third voyage of exploration.
1546 The Peace of Ardes ends the war between France and England.
1654 Louis XIV is crowned king of France.
1712 The Pennsylvania Assembly bans the importation of slaves.
1767 Daniel Boone sights present-day Kentucky.
1775 The United Colonies change their name to the United States.
1863 Mexico City is captured by French troops.
1900 The Boxer rebels cut the rail links between Peking and Tientsin in China.
1903 Professor Pierre Curie reveals the discovery of Polonium.
1914 The first vessel passes through the Panama Canal.
1932 Over 7,000 war veterans march on Washington, D.C., demanding their bonus pay for service in World War I.
1942 The Japanese invade Attu and Kiska in the Aleutian Islands.
1968 In Operation Swift Saber, U.S. Marines sweep an area 10 miles northwest of Da Nang in South Vietnam.
1981 Israeli F-16 fighter-bombers destroy Iraq’s only nuclear reactor.
1994 The Organization of African Unity formally admits South Africa as its fifty-third member.
Born on June 7
1502 Gregory XIII, Roman Catholic pope.
1778 George Bryan “Beau” Brummell, English wit.
1848 Paul Gaugin, French post-impressionist painter.
1899 Elizabeth Bowen, British novelist and short story writer (The Death of the Heart).
1909 Virginia Apgar, American physician and medical researcher.
1909 Peter Rodino, U.S. congressman, chairman of the Watergate hearings.
1917 Gwendolyn Brooks, African-American poet.
1954 Louise Erdrich, American author.

3 Responses to Today in History: June 7

  1. […] June 7th 1942: In the East, 11. Armee (von Manstein) begins the final assault on the Soviet fortress of Sevastopol in the Crimea. 1944: In the West, US forces landed in Normandy link up with elements of the British 6th Airborne Division South of Caen. source: 1917:Captain R.C. Grieve, VC – Captain R.C. Grieve, 37th Battalion, originally from Melbourne, wins the Victoria Cross at Messines. 1951:3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment – 3RAR patrols sent across the Imjin River and they begin to win control of the north bank. 1968:Prime Minister visits Vietnam – Prime Minister Gorton begins two-day visit to Vietnam against a background of both a growing Australian military commitment to the war and steadily increasing, though not yet overwhelming, domestic opposition. 1917:Private J. Carroll, VC – Private J. Carroll, 33rd Battalion, originally from Brisbane, wins the Victoria Cross at St Yves (battle of Messines).. source: 1917: Battle of Messines Ridge – The British 2nd Army, led by Herbert Plumer, scores a crushing victory over the Germans at Messines Ridge in northern France, marking the successful prelude to an Allied offensive designed to break the grinding stalemate on the Western Front in World War I. source: 1863 – Mexico City is captured by French troops. 1917 – World War I: Allied ammonal mines underneath German trenches in Mesen Ridge are detonated, killing 10,000 German troops. 1967 – The Israeli forces occupy Jerusalem during the Six-Day War. source: 6 1944: Normandy France – D-DAY + 1; the 3rd Canadian Division, 9th Canadian Brigade, North Novas with the Sherbrooke tanks for support, and some Cameron Highlander machine-gunners, push through Buron and Authie toward Capriquet airport, 3 miles west of Caen; lose naval gunfire support, pass out of range of Canadian artillery, and lose contact with a British brigade ordered elsewhere; Lt Col Petch decides to withdraw to higher ground, but C company attacked by the German 12th SS Panzer at Authie, just North of Caen-Bayeux road; 250 North Nova Scotia Highlanders and 60 Sherbrooke Fusilier tankmen are killed or captured; 23 Canadian POWs are executed that night by the Panzers. source:…mth=Jun&day=07 1940: The French bomb Berlin. King Haakon VII and the Norwegian government leave Troms? for England. Allied troops fall back on Bresles front, 60 miles north of Paris. 1941: The first of five heavy night raids by the RAF begins on Brest as Prinz Eugen shelters there. 1942: The Japanese make landings on Attu and Kiska Islands in the Aleutian Islands. The US carrier Yorktown, having been damaged on the 4th June, is torpedoed and sunk by a Japanese submarine whilst enroute to Pearl Harbor for repairs. General Erich von Manstein hurls his troops in the grand assault on the besieged port of Sevastopol in a two-pronged assault. The Soviets resist fanatically in excellent fortifications. The Germans gain ground but take heavy casualties, and have to bring in reinforcements to take the city. However, the continuous German attacks wear down the defenders ammunition supplies, which must be brought in by sea through a tight German blockade maintained by the Luftwaffe, E-boats, and Italian midget submarines. 1944: The British 2nd Division is now only 55 miles from Imphal. Mokmer airfield on Biak is captured by U.S. troops. The Americans take Civitavecchia on the western coast of Italy. British troops liberate Bayeux, five miles inland from the Normandy coast. All beachheads are reported as established. 1945: The first allied cargo ship for three years enters Wewak harbour, in New Guinea. King Haakon VII returns to Norway, on the fifth anniversary of his leaving the country. source: 1981: Israeli military planes destroyed a nuclear power plant in Iraq, a facility the Israelis charged could have been used to make nuclear weapons. source:…/20080607.html 1819- LT John White on merchant ship Franklin, anchored off Vung Tau is first U.S. naval officer to visit Vietnam 1917 – U.S. subchasers arrive at Corfu for anti-submarine patrols 1942 – Battle of Midway ends with loss of USS Yorktown 1944 – Construction of artificial harbors and sheltered anchorages begins off Normandy coast 1991 – Joint Task Force Sea Angel ends relief operations in Bangladesh after Cyclone Marian source: 1863: Mexico City is captured by French troops. 1942: The Japanese invade Attu and Kiska in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. 1968: In Operation Swift Saber, U.S. Marines sweep an area 10 miles northwest of Danang in South Vietnam. source: […]

  2. sadunlap says:

    Do you have a source for the 1712 date for Pennsylvania banning the importation of slaves?

    • Editor, HistoryNet says:

      One source for the 1712 date is Slavery in the United States: A Social, Political and Historical Encyclopedia, Vol.1, pg. 94 (ABC-CLIO). The book Suppression of the African Slave-Trade to the United States of America, 1638–1870, by W.E.B. Dubois, notes this law was passed on June 7, 1712, but was disallowed by Great Britain the following year.

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