June 8th

Tony Blair and his Labour Party won a second term, overwhelming the opposition at the polls.
History of the Conservative Party (UK)
The National Rifle Association elected actor Charlton Heston its president.
Charlton Heston
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
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
Negro Baseball League great Satchel Paige died.
Hilton Smith
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
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
The New York Yankees retired Mickey Mantle's uniform No. 7 during 'Mickey Mantle Day' at Yankee Stadium.
Mickey Mantle
James Earl Ray, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, assassin, was arrested.
James Earl Ray
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.
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
The 'Texaco Star Theater' made its debut on NBC-TV with Milton Berle as guest host.
Texaco Star Theatre
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)
Nova Aquila, brightest nova since Kepler's nova of 1604, discovered.
Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/All
Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan resigned in a disagreement over U.S. handling of the sinking of the Lusitania.
William Jennings Bryan
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
Abraham Lincoln was nominated for a second term as president at the Republican Party convention in Baltimore.
United States presidential election, 1864
Tennessee became the 11th and last state to secede from the Union.
Tennessee in the American Civil War
Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States, died in Nashville, Tenn., at age 78.
Andrew Jackson
James Madison introduces a proposed Bill of Rights in the U.S. House of Representatives.
United States Bill of Rights
Richard I arrives in Acre thus beginning his crusade.
Siege of Acre (1189–91)
Vikings plunder St Cuthbert's monestary on Lindisfarne.
The Prophet Mohammed died in Medina.