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June 8: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

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Facts & Historic Events That Happened on June 8

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

This day marks the 160th day of 2024, and there’s another 206 days remaining until the end of the year.

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 fun & interesting facts about June 8th in history!

Events

What memorable events happened on June 8 in history? Keep reading to find out!

2023

Former US President Donald Trump was formally accused of mishandling classified documents.

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.”

1929

Margaret Bondfield became the first female cabinet minister in the UK.

Born into a working-class family, Bondfield became a prominent women’s rights activist and trade unionist before being appointed Minister of Labour.

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 Births

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

Age:

46 years old

Born In:

Georgia, USA

2000

Hayes Grier

American

Internet Personality

Hayes Grier

Age:

23 years old

Born In:

North Carolina, USA

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

Age:

45 years old

Born In:

Massachusetts, USA

Famous Deaths

Unfortunately, June 8th has also been a day where we’ve had to say some goodbyes over the years…

1956

2018

Anthony Bourdain

American

Chef

Anthony Bourdain

1956

2018

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.

Died On:

Jun 8, 2018 (Age 61)

Died In:

Kaysersberg-Vignoble, France

Quotes

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

2002

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

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

South African President

1891

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

Helen Keller

Helen Keller

American Author

Special Holidays

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
United States

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
United States

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!

THe Fact Site’s

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.

Birthday & Zodiac

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, 2025.

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