Today in History: June 8

Today in History
June 8

452 Attila the Hun invades Italy.
632 Muhammad, the founder of Islam and unifier of Arabia, dies.
793 The Vikings raid the Northumbrian coast of England.
1861 Tennessee votes to secede from the Union and join the Confederacy.
1862 The Army of the Potomac defeats Confederate forces at Battle of Cross Keys, Virginia.
1863 Residents of Vicksburg flee into caves as General Ulysses S. Grant‘s army begins shelling the town.
1866 Prussia annexes the region of Holstein.
1904 U.S. Marines land in Tangiers, Morocco, to protect U.S. citizens.
1908 King Edward VII of England visits Czar Nicholas II of Russia in an effort to improve relations between the two countries.
1915 William Jennings Bryan quits as Secretary of State under President Woodrow Wilson.
1953 The Supreme Court forbids segregated lunch counters in Washington, D.C.
1965 President Lyndon Johnson authorizes commanders in Vietnam to commit U.S. ground forces to combat.
1966 Gemini astronaut Gene Cernan attempts to become the first man to orbit the Earth untethered to a space capsule, but is unable to when he exhausts himself fitting into his rocket pack.
1967 Israeli airplanes attack the USS Liberty, a surveillance ship, in the Mediterranean, killing 34 Navy crewmen.
1968 James Earl Ray, the alleged assassin of Martin Luther King, Jr., is captured at the London Airport.
1969 President Richard Nixon meets with President Thieu of South Vietnam to tell him 25,000 U.S. troops will pull out by August.
1995 U.S. Air Force pilot Captain Scott O’Grady is rescued by U.S. Marines in Bosnia.
Born on June 8
1625 Giovanni Domenico Cassini, astronomer.
1724 John Smeaton, English engineer.
1810 Robert Schumann, German composer.
1813 David D. Porter, Union admiral during the American Civil War.
1867 Frank Lloyd Wright, influential American architect.
1916 Francis Crick, British scientist who co-discovered of the structure of DNA.
1918 Robert Preston, actor (The Music Man).
1925 Barbara Pierce Bush, First Lady to 41st President, George H. W. Bush.
1939 Herb Adderley, American football player.
1942 Andrew Weil, physician and author (Spontaneous Healing).
1947 Sara Paretsky, detective novelist.

One Response to Today in History: June 8

  1. […] June 8th 1940: In Norway, the evacuation of British and French troops (24,000 men) from Narvik and Harstad is completed. The British aircraft carrier Glorious is sunk by the German heavy battle cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau SW of Narvik. King Haakon and the Norwegian government leave Troms? for England. 1941: British and Free French forces invade Lebanon and Syria against stiff resistance by Vichy French troops. source: 1941: Australians attack Vichy French in Syria – 7th Division and Imperial forces attack Vichy French in Syria. 1942: Sydney and Newcastle shelled – In addition to launching the midget submarines that attacked Sydney Harbour and attacking shipping on Australia’s east coast Japanese submarines shelled Sydney and Newcastle, but with little effect.source: 1940: Montreal Quebec – RCAF’s No. 1 Fighter Squadron leaves for Britain. 1944: Caen France -Canadians move inland from Juno beach; Rommel orders Kurt Meyer’s 12th SS Panzer Grenadiers to attack the Canadian 7th Brigade at Putot-en-Basin (8 kms west of Caen). They cross the railway and outflank the Royal Winnipeg Rifles, destroying the three forward companies; the rest withdraw, leaving their wounded behind; the Canadian Scottish, Canscots and 1st Hussars then use an artillery barrage from the 12th and 13th field regiments to retake Putot, but Meyer counter-attacks with 22 Panther tanks, the Regina Rifles fight a night-long battle, and hold. During these fights, the SS murder several Canadian POWs, including six Winnipeg Rifles, and a Red Cross stretcher-bearer, who are ordered into a wood and shot in the temple; 13 more Canadians are executed within 100 yards of the Command post; the bodies of 7 more are found near-by, all shot in the head with small arms; finally, 40 Winnipegs and Cameron Highlanders are marched into a field, ordered to sit together with the wounded at their centre, and machine gunned; 5 escape. Atlantic – Flight Officer K. O. Moore, piloting a Canadian Liberator bomber, destroys two German U-Boats in 22 minutes. source: 1830 – Sloop-of-war Vincennes becomes first U.S. warship to circle the globe 1853 – Commodore Matthew Perry arrives at Uraga, Japan to begin negotiations for a treaty with Japan 1880 – Congress authorizes the Office of Judge Advocate General 1937 – Observation of total eclipse of the sun by U.S. Navy detachment commanded by CAPT J. F. Hellweg, USN, participating in the National Geographic Society – United States Navy Eclipse Expedition at Canton Island in the Phoenix Islands, Pacific Ocean. USS Avocet was assigned to this expediton. 1958 – Navy and Post Office deliver first official missile mail when USS Barbero (SS-317) fired Regulus II missile with 3000 letters 100 miles east of Jacksonville, FL to Mayport, FL. 1960 – Helicopters from USS Yorktown (CVS-10) rescue 54 crewmen of British SS Shunlee, grounded on Pratus Reef in South China Sea. 1962 – Medical team from Naval Hospital, Bethesda, MD; Naval Medical Research Institute, Bethesda, MD; and Naval Preventative Medicine Unit No. 2 Norfolk, VA sent to San Pedro Sula, Honduras to fight epidemic of infectious gastroenteritis. 1967 – USS Liberty (AGTR-5) attacked by Israeli forces in Mediterranean 1990 – CDR Rosemary Mariner becomes first Navy women to command fleet jet aircraft squadron. source: 1862: The Army of the Potomac defeats Confederate forces at Battle of Cross Keys, Virginia. 1904: U.S. Marines land in Tangiers, Morocco, to protect U.S. citizens. 1995: U.S. Air Force pilot Captain Scott O?Grady is rescued by U.S. Marines in Bosnia. source: […]

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