2021 June

June 8: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on June 8

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

This day marks the 159th day of 2021, and there’s another 206 days to go.

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

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 Happened On June 8 In History?


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.
Source BBC

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


President Robert Kennedy was laid to rest.

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

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


The United States Supreme Court ruled that restaurants in Washington D.C. could not refuse to serve Black patrons.

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

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."

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


Noah Cushing patented the washing machine in Quebec, Canada.


A violent eight-month volcano eruption in Iceland started.

The Laki fissure was a huge disaster that poured out around 42 billion tons of lava. More than half the islands livestock were 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.

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


The King of France, Louis V was crowned.

OTD in 979: The King of France

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