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home : extras : e-extras June 19, 2021

6/4/2021 12:26:00 AM
Today In History - June 4

Reprinted By Permission
From OnThisDay.com


Today in History in 781 BC the oldest Chinese recording of a solar eclipse; in 1825 an unseasonable hurricane hit New York City; in 1917 American men began registering for the draft; and in 1940 the British complete the “Miracle of Dunkirk” by evacuating 300,000 allied troops from France.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 781 BC - Oldest Chinese recording of a solar eclipse
  • 1745 - Battle at Hohenfriedberg Silezie: Frederick the Great (Prussia) defeats Austrians and Saxons
  • 1760 - Great Upheaval: New England planters arrive to claim land in Nova Scotia, Canada taken from the Acadians.
  • 1784 - Madame Elizabeth Thible becomes the first female balloonist.
  • 1812 - Louisiana Territory officially renamed "Missouri Territory"
  • 1825 - Unseasonable hurricane hits NYC
  • 1896 - Henry Ford takes his 1st Ford through streets of Detroit
  • 1907 - Automatic washer & dryer introduced
  • 1917 - 1st Pulitzer prize awarded to Richards & Elliott (Julia Ward Howe)
  • 1917 - American men begin registering for the draft
  • 1929 - George Eastman demonstrates 1st technicolor movie (Rochester NY)
  • 1940 - British complete the "miracle of Dunkirk" by evacuating 300,000 allied troops from France
  • 1945 - US, Russia, Britain & France agree to split occupied Germany
  • 1979 - Joe Clark is sworn in as the youngest Prime Minister in Canadian history
  • 1989 - Eastern Europe's 1st partial free elections in 40 years held in Poland, Solidarity Party comes to power
  • 1989 - Tiananmen Square Massacre: Chinese troops clear the square of student protesters, unofficial figures place death toll near 1,000.


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Famous Birthdays

  • 1908 - Rosalind Russell, Waterbury CT, actress (Mame, Take a Letter Darling)
  • 1917 - Charles Collingwood, Mich, news commentator (CBS, Chronicles)
  • 1932 - John Barrymore Jr, Beverly Hills California, actor (Pantomine Quiz)
  • 1971 - Noah Wyle, Hollywood California, actor (Dr John Carter-ER)
  • 1975 - Russell Brand, British comedian and television personality
  • 1975 - Angelina Jolie, American actress (Girl, Interrupted, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider), born in Los Angeles, California

Famous Weddings

  • 1913 - Author A.A. Milne (31) weds Dorothy Daphne de Selincourt
  • 1915 - Canadian diplomat Vincent Massey (28) weds Alice Parkin
  • 1924 - Physician Frederick Banting (32) weds Marion Robertson
  • 1940 - Radio broadcaster Paul Harvey (21) weds radio producer Lynne Cooper
  • 1951 - Actress Janet Leigh (23) weds actor Tony Curtis (26) in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • 1958 - Blues musician B.B. King (32) weds his second wife Sue Hall
  • 1960 - "Last Tango In Paris" actor Marlon Brando (36) weds Mexican-American actress Movita Castaneda (42)
  • 1970 - "When Harry Met Sally" actor Billy Crystal (22) weds guidance counselor Janice Goldfinger
  • 1978 - Broadcaster Howard Stern (24) marries Alison Berns at Temple Ohabei Shalom, Brookline Massachusetts.
  • 1978 - Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams (26) weds first wife Valerie Velardi
  • 1986 - Legendary singer Bob Dylan (45) weds his backup singer Carolyn Dennis (32)
  • 1992 - TV personality Steve Irwin (30) weds naturalist Terri Raines (27) in Eugene, Oregon
  • 2000 - "Titanic" producer-director James Cameron (45) weds actress Suzy Amis (38) in Malibu, California
  • 2006 - "General Hospital" actor Greg Vaughan (32) weds Dutch actress Touriya Haoud (28) in Los Angeles, California
  • 2006 - "KISS" guitarist Tommy Thayer (45) weds Amber Peek at Four Seasons Aviara in Carlsbad, California
  • 2010 - "Friends" star David Schwimmer (43) weds Zoe Buckman (25) in a small private ceremony

Famous Divorces

  • 2012 - "The Wonder Years" actress Danica McKellar (37) divorces composer Mike Verta (36) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1798 - Giacomo Casanova, Italian adventurer/writer/librarian and womanizer, dies at 73
  • 1941 - Wilhelm II von Hohenzollern, German Emperor (1888-1918), dies of a pulmonary embolus at 82
  • 1968 - Dorothy Gish, [de Guiche], actress (Home Sweet Home), dies at 70
  • 1970 - Sonny Tufts, actor (Atomic Blonde, 7 Year Itch), dies at 58
  • 1973 - Arna Bontemps, American poet (Harlem Renaissance), dies of heart attack at 72 in Nashville
  • 1973 - Murray Wilson, father of Beach Boys Brian, Carl & Dennis, dies at 55
  • 1990 - Jack Gilford, comedic actor (Cocoon II), dies at 82 of stomach cancer
  • 2010 - John Wooden, American basketball player and coach (b. 1910)
  • 2014 - Don Zimmer, American baseball manager, dies from heart failure as a complication from cardiac surgery at 83

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