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Today In History - June 8
New York Yankees centerfielder and Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle in 1953.
(Public Domain Photo)

New York Yankees centerfielder and 
Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle in 1953.

(Public Domain Photo)

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Today in History in 1861 Tennessee votes to secede from the Union; in 1942 Bing Crosby recorded “Silent Night”; and in 1969 fans numbering 60,096 were present at Mickey Mantle Day to see #7 retired.

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

  • 793 - Vikings plunder St Cuthbert's monestary on Lindisfarne
  • 1191 - Richard I arrives in Acre thus beginning his crusade.
  • 1789 - James Madison introduces a proposed Bill of Rights in the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • 1861 - American Civil War: Tennessee votes to secede from the Union.
  • 1917 - Walt Disney graduates from Benton High School
  • 1918 - Nova Aquila, brightest nova since Kepler's nova of 1604, discovered
  • 1942 - Bing Cosby records "Silent Night"
  • 1961 - Milwaukee sets record of 4 consecutive HRs (Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron, Joe Adcock & Frank Thomas)
  • 1969 - Mickey Mantle Day, 60,096 saw #7 retired
  • 1987 - New Zealand's Labour government legislates against nuclear weapons and nuclear powered vessels in NZ. Only nation to legislate against nuclear power
  • 2007 - Jazz legend Oscar Peterson is forced to cancel his appearance at the Carnegie Hall all-star performance (held in his honour), owing to illness

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1847 - Ida Sazton McKinley, 1st lady (1897-1901)
  • 1867 - Frank Lloyd Wright, Richland Center Wisc, master builder (Guggenheim)
  • 1899 - Noel Wien, Lake Nebagamon Wisconsin, aviation pioneer (Wien Air Alaska)
  • 1916 - Francis Crick, English molecular biologist who co-discovered DNA's structure and Nobel laureate (1962)
  • 1925 - Barbara Pierce Bush, Flushing, New York, US First Lady (1989-93)
  • 1927 - Jerry Stiller, Brooklyn New York, American comedian (Frank Constanza-Seinfeld)
  • 1933 - Joan Rivers, [Molinsky], Bkln, comedienne (Late Show, Hollywood Sq)
  • 1940 - Nancy Sinatra, Jersey City, singer (Boots are Made for Walkin') and daughter of Frank Sinatra
  • 1943 - Colin Baker, actor (Dr Who, Swallows & Amazons)
  • 1944 - Boz Scaggs, [William Royce], Dallas Tx, rocker (Steve Miller Band)
  • 1944 - Don Grady, [Agrati], actor (Robbie Douglas-My Three Sons), (d. 2012)
  • 1951 - Bonnie Tyler, [Gaynor Hopkins], rocker (Total Eclipse of the Heart)
  • 1977 - Kanye West, American rapper and record producer, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1978 - Maria Menounos, Medford, Massachusetts, 1996 Miss Massachusetts Teen USA

Famous Weddings

  • 1927 - Painter Marcel Duchamp (39) weds Lydie Sarazin-Lavassor
  • 1931 - Songwriter Johnny Mercer (21) weds chorus girl Ginger Meehan in New York City
  • 1961 - English prince Edward, Duke of Kent, weds Katharine Worsley
  • 1974 - NBA forward Jerry Lucas (34) weds second wife Sharalee Beard
  • 1977 - Retired NBA player Bill Russell (43) weds 1968 Miss USA Dorothy Anstett
  • 1996 - Lyricist and songwriter Carole Bayer Sager (52) weds former chairman of Warner Bros. Robert Daly (60) in Bel Air, California
  • 2002 - Teen rock star Taylor Hanson (19) weds Natalie Bryant (18) at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia
  • 2002 - Five-times Wimbledon champion Bjorn Borg (46) weds real estate broker Patricia Ostfeldt (35) near Stockholm
  • 2003 - "The Sopranos" actor Dominic Chianese (72) weds United Nations conference planner Jane Pittson (56) in Manhattan
  • 2007 - "Desperate Housewives" actor Dougray Scott (41) weds actress Claire Forlani (35) at the Council Common Hall in Pievebobigliana, Italy
  • 2013 - Celebrity chef Curtis Stone (37) weds actress Lindsay Price (36) at a private villa in Mallorca, Spain
  • 2013 - TV personality Kristin Cavallari (26) weds Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (30) in Nasvhille, Tennessee
  • 2013 - Princess Madeleine of Sweden (30) weds banker Christopher O'Neill at The Royal Palace Church in Stockholm, Sweden

Famous Divorces

  • 1949 - Actor Burgess Meredith (41) divorces actress Paulette Goddard (39) after 5 years of marriage
  • 2004 - "TLC" singer Tionne Watkins (34) divorces rapper Mack 10 (32) due to adultery after nearly 4 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1809 - Thomas Paine, English/American writer (Age of Reason, Common Sense), dies at 72
  • 1845 - Andrew Jackson, (D) 7th US President (1828-37), dies at 78
  • 1857 - Douglas William Jerrold, British playwright and satirist (b. 1803)
  • 1865 - Joseph Paxton, designer (Crystal Palace), dies
  • 1874 - Cochise, Apache leader
  • 1924 - George Leigh Mallory, English mountain climber (climbing accident) (b. 1886)
  • 1969 - Robert Taylor, actor (Death Valley Days), dies of lung cancer at 57

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