8th June

Born on this Day 8th June
1771 Robert Stevenson
1867 Frank Lloyd Wright
1916 Francis Crick
1933 Joan Rivers
1940 Nancy Sinatra
1943 Colin Baker
1945 Derek Underwood
1953 Bonnie Tyler
1960 Mick Hucknell
1962 Nick Rhodes
1967 Juliana Marguiles
1976 Lindsay Davenport
1984 Javier Mascherano

Died on this Day
1042 King Canute
1376 Edward the Black Prince
1882 John Scott Russell

Music

1959 Pianist/entertainer Liberace won a libel case against the Daily Mirror, who had printed the theory that ‘ he might be gay’.

1968 The Rolling Stones released ‘ Jumpin’ Jack Flash’.

1985 Tears For Fears’ first US hit ‘ Everybody Wants To Rule The World’reached No.1 there.

Sport

1985 Barry McGuigan beat Eusebio Pedroza of Panama to win the WBA featherweight title.

1990 Cameroon gave Argentina a shock 1-0 defeat in the opening game of the 1990 World Cup.

1997 England won the first of the 6 Tests with a day to spare, prompting bookies to rate them evens to win the series.

People & Showbiz

1984 The film ‘ Gremlins’ and ‘ Ghostbusters’ both went on general release in the US.

1988 Comedian Ken Dodd was charged with tax evasion by a Liverpool court.

General Events

452 Attila the Hun invaded Italy.

793 Vikings raid the abbey at Lindisfarne in Northumbria, commonly accepted as the beginning of the Scandinavian invasion of England.

1191 Richard I arrives in Acre thus beginning his crusade.

1786 The first commercially made ice cream was sold in New York City by a local businessman known only as Mr. Hall.

1824 The washing machine was patented by Ives W. McGaffney of Chicago.

1965 The Pepsi-Cola and Frito-Lay companies merged to form PepsiCo Inc.

1968 James Earl Ray, wanted for the murder of civil rights activist Martin Luther King, was arrested in London, travelling under an assumed name.

1983 An Australian woman gave birth to the first test-tube triplets, 2 girls and a boy.

1989 The Government announced that marches and rallies were banned within a 4 mile radius of Stonehenge to try to stop clashes between Wiltshire police and hippies.

1995 The first release of the PHP programming language is released by Rasmus Lerdorf.

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