June 8th

2001
Tony Blair and his Labour Party won a second term, overwhelming the opposition at the polls.
History of the Conservative Party (UK)
1998
The National Rifle Association elected actor Charlton Heston its president.
Charlton Heston
1995
U.S. Marines rescued Capt. Scott O'Grady, whose F16-C fighter jet had been shot down by Bosnian Serbs on June 2.
Scott O'Grady
1987
New Zealand becomes a nuclear-free zone. The New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament, and Arms Control Act 1987 barred any nuclear-powered or nuclear-armed ships from entering the country. New Zealand was the first country to legislate towards a nuclear-free zone in the 1950s.
New Zealand nuclear-free zone
1983
Negro Baseball League great Satchel Paige died.
Hilton Smith
1982
President Reagan became the first American president to address a joint session of Britain’s Parliament.
List of joint sessions of the United States Congress
1972
Nick Út takes his famous “napalm girl” photo. The Pulitzer Prize winning image officially entitled “The Terror of War” depicts nine-year-old Phan Thị Kim Phúc and other Vietnamese children fleeing a napalm attack. It has become one of the best-known symbols for the indescribable sufferings in armed conflicts.
Nick Ut
1969
The New York Yankees retired Mickey Mantle's uniform No. 7 during 'Mickey Mantle Day' at Yankee Stadium.
Mickey Mantle
1968
James Earl Ray, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, assassin, was arrested.
James Earl Ray
1953
The Supreme Court ruled that restaurants in the District of Columbia could not refuse to serve blacks.
District of Columbia v. John R. Thompson Co.
1949
George Orwell publishes Nineteen Eighty-Four. Orwell's nightmarish description of a totalitarian society set in the year 1984 is one of the most significant works of English literature and one of the best-known novels of all time. The phrase, Big Brother is watching you, stems from this work.
Nineteen Eighty-Four
1948
The 'Texaco Star Theater' made its debut on NBC-TV with Milton Berle as guest host.
Texaco Star Theatre
1937
Carl Orff's Carmina Burana is premiered. The cantata, especially Orff's breathless rendition of the medieval poem O Fortuna, has been featured in countless works of popular culture, including The Simpsons, Last of the Mohicans, and Jackass: The Movie.
Carmina Burana (Orff)
1918
Nova Aquila, brightest nova since Kepler's nova of 1604, discovered.
Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/All
1915
Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan resigned in a disagreement over U.S. handling of the sinking of the Lusitania.
William Jennings Bryan
1887
Herman Hollerith patents his punch card calculator. The U.S. data processing pioneer, one of the grandfathers of the technology company IBM, used his revolutionary machine to process the large amount of data collected during the U.S. census of 1890/1891.
Herman Hollerith
1864
Abraham Lincoln was nominated for a second term as president at the Republican Party convention in Baltimore.
United States presidential election, 1864
1861
Tennessee became the 11th and last state to secede from the Union.
Tennessee in the American Civil War
1845
Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States, died in Nashville, Tenn., at age 78.
Andrew Jackson
1789
James Madison introduces a proposed Bill of Rights in the U.S. House of Representatives.
United States Bill of Rights
1191
Richard I arrives in Acre thus beginning his crusade.
Siege of Acre (1189–91)
793
Vikings plunder St Cuthbert's monestary on Lindisfarne.
Lindisfarne
632
The Prophet Mohammed died in Medina.
Muhammad