632 – Muhammad, the Islamic prophet, died in Medina.
793 – The Viking Age began when Vikings destroyed the Abbey on Lindisfarne, on an island off the northeastern coast of Northumberland, England on this day.
1637 – René Descartes published Discourse on Method of Rightly Conducting the Reason, and Seeking Truth in the Sciences.
1783 (Volcano Eruption) Laki, Iceland, killed over 9,000 over a period of months, and caused a 7 year famine.
1869 – Ives W. McGaffney of Chicago obtained the patent (#91,145) for a “sweeping machine”
1872 – The first US post card was authorized by Act of Congress.
1906 – Theodore Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act into law, authorizing the President to restrict the use of certain parcels of public land with historical or conservation value.
1940 – The element 93, neptunium (Np) was announced by Edwin M. McMillan and Philip H. Abelson working at the University of California at Berkeley.
1948 – Texaco Star Theater (later The Milton Berle Show) was first broadcast on NBC
1949 – George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four was published.
1949 – The FBI reported notable Hollywood elite as communists, including John Garfield, Paul Robeson, Paul Muni, and Edward G. Robinson.
1953 (Tornado) Flint, Michigan
1953 – The US Supreme Court ruled that restaurants in Washington DC, could not refuse to serve black patrons.
1957 #1 Hit June 8, 1957 – July 12, 1957: Pat Boone – Love Letters In The Sand
1966 – National Football League (NFL) and American Football League (AFL) announced that they would merge.
1969 – Founder Brian Jones quit The Rolling Stones. He died a month later, at age 27.
1974 #1 Hit June 8, 1974 – June 14, 1974: Paul McCartney and Wings – Band on the Run
1983 – The first triplets resulting from in-vitro fertilization, Aaron, Jessica, and Chenara Guare were born at the Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide, Australia.
1985 #1 Hit June 8, 1985 – June 21, 1985: Tears for Fears – Everybody Wants to Rule the World
1990 – Charles Freeman, the owner of E-C Records store in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was charged with illegally selling the ‘legally obscene’ 2 Live Crew’s ‘As Nasty As They Wanna Be’ to an undercover officer.
1991 #1 Hit June 8, 1991 – June 14, 1991: Extreme – More Than Words