June 8: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, June 8, 1940, the discovery of the chemical element Neptunium was announced?

June 8th observes World Oceans Day and Best Friends Day.

This day marks the 159th day of 2023, and there’s another 206 days to go.

Is today a special day for you? Ever wondered who was born and died on this day? Well you’re about to find out all that and so much more as here we look at events that happened on June 8 throughout history.

Did you know that on this day in 1940, the discovery of the chemical element Neptunium was announced? It was the first element found to have a higher proton number than Uranium.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about June 8th in history!

What Events Happened On June 8 In History?

2020 Dr. Kathy Sullivan became the first woman to reach the deepest part of the ocean in the Marianas Trench.

This was not the first time Dr. Sullivan had broken history, as she was the first US woman to complete a spacewalk in 1984.


2009 Two American journalists were sentenced to 12 years of penal labor after illegally entering North Korea.

1992 World Oceans Day was celebrated for the first time.

OTD in 1992: World Oceans Day was celebrated for the first time.

Canada's International Center for Ocean Development proposed the idea of World Oceans Day at the 1992 Earth Summit in Brazil, suggesting it could bring much-needed attention to the better caretaking of our oceans. Since then, countless people worldwide have celebrated World Oceans Day by doing whatever they can to help protect our planet's most precious resource.

1984 New South Wales, Australia, celebrated the first day of homosexuality being legal.

1968 President Robert Kennedy was laid to rest.

The service came three days after he was assassinated in Los Angeles during a campaign.


1965 Soviet spacecraft Luna 6, destined for a moon landing, failed after flying right past it.

1953 The United States Supreme Court ruled that restaurants in Washington, DC, could not refuse to serve Black patrons.

This ruling is known as District of Columbia v. John R. Thompson Co. Inc.

1940 The discovery of the chemical element Neptunium was announced.

OTD in 1940: The discovery of the chemical element Neptunium was announced.

Neptunium has an atomic number 93 and uses the symbol "Np."

1869 The sweeping machine (vacuum cleaner) was patented in Chicago, US, by Ives W. McGaffey.

1824 Noah Cushing patented the washing machine in Quebec, Canada.

1783 A violent eight-month volcano eruption in Iceland started.

The Laki fissure was a colossal disaster that poured out around 42 billion tons of lava. More than half the island's livestock was killed, and many crops were destroyed, which led to a famine, ultimately killing around 12,500 people, which was about a quarter of Iceland's population.

1042 Edward the Confessor was crowned King of England. He was considered the last king of the House of Wessex.

979 AD The King of France, Louis V, was crowned.

OTD in 979: The King of France

Famous Quotes Said On June 8

Below you’ll find the most popular things people have said on this day throughout history.


“We tried in our simple way to lead our life in a manner that may make a difference to those of others.”

– Nelson Mandela


“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen nor even touched, but just felt in the heart.”

– Helen Keller

Famous People Born On June 8

Are you celebrating your birthday today? If so, did you know that you share the same birthday as Kanye West? See what other famous people were born on this day.

1977 Kanye West

American Rapper

Kanye West
46 years old
Born In:
Georgia, USA
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2000 Hayes Grier

American Internet Personality

Hayes Grier
23 years old
Born In:
North Carolina, USA
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1933 Joan Rivers

American Comedian

Joan Rivers
Died On:
Sep 4, 2014 (Age 81)
Born In:
New York, USA

1978 Maria Menounos

American Actress

Maria Menounos
45 years old
Born In:
Massachusetts, USA

Famous People Who Died On This Day

1956 - 2018 Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain was an American chef born on June 25, 1956. He died on this day in 2018, at age 61 in Kaysersberg-Vignoble, France.

Special Holidays On June 8

Looking for a reason to celebrate? Well, here’s a few! These unique holidays are sure to bring some enjoyment to your day.

June 8: World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day was created in 1992 to shift international focus toward the plight of our oceans. Without our oceans, we couldn’t possibly survive, so make sure you get outside today and raise funds for ocean cleanups, or better, organize a beach cleanup yourself!

June 8: National Best Friends Day

National Best Friends Day

Your best friends are the ones that will always have your back, they support you, and they wish the world for you. Show your best friends how much you appreciate them today on National Best Friends Day by doing something nice for them; they deserve it!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

There is a Scottish tartan designed for Mars exploration. It was officially registered in 2016 to be worn during Mars science, exploration, and outreach activities.

June 8 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

People who were born on June 8 share the Gemini star sign.

Life with a Gemini is rarely dull. Geminis get bored easily, and they don’t like it, so they’ll go out of their way to cure this boredom and find some new and interesting ideas to explore.

People born during June have the Alexandrite birthstone. The alexandrite is unique as it contains both green and red colors. The green provides hope, fertility, and peace, but the red symbolizes power, passion, and sometimes even aggression.

If you were born on June 8, you were likely conceived on the week of September 15 in the previous year.

A baby conceived on this day will likely be due around March 1st, 2024.

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