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6/9/2021 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - June 9

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Today in History in 1856 - 500 Mormons leave Iowa City, Iowa and head west for Salt Lake City, Utah carrying all their possessions in two-wheeled handcarts;  in 1870 Charles Dickens, English writer (David Copperfield), dies at age 58; and in 1915 William Jennings Bryan quits as US Secretary of State.

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

  • 68 - Roman Emperor Nero commits suicide, imploring his secretary Epaphroditos to slit his throat to evade a Senate-imposed death by flogging.
  • 721 - Odo of Aquitaine defeats the Moors in the Battle of Toulouse.
  • 1534 - Jacques Cartier 1st sails into mouth of St Lawrence River
  • 1549 - Book of Common Prayer is adopted by the Church of England
  • 1790 - 1st book copyrighted under constitution, "Philadelphia Spelling Book"
  • 1815 - End of the Congress of Vienna: New European political situation is set.
  • 1856 - 500 Mormons leave Iowa City, Iowa and head west for Salt Lake City, Utah carrying all their possessions in two-wheeled handcarts.
  • 1915 - William Jennings Bryan quits as US Secretary of State
  • 1958 - HM Queen Elizabeth II officially opens London Gatwick Airport, (LGW), Crawley, West Sussex, United Kingdom.
  • 1970 - Bob Dylan given honorary Doctorate of Music at Princeton University
  • 1977 - Silver jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain celebrated with fireworks
  • 1989 - Michael Chang's French Open tennis win makes him youngest male to go to finals
  • 1997 - British lease on New Territories in Hong Kong expires
  • 2013 - Edward Snowden publically makes his identity known as the leaker of NSA documents

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1672 - Peter the Great [Pyotr Alexeyevich Romanov],Tsar of Russia (1682-1725)
  • 1891 - Cole Porter, Indiana, composer/lyricist (Anything Goes, Kiss Me Kate)
  • 1893 - Samuel N Behrman, US screenwriter (Tale of 2 Cities, Daddy Long Legs)
  • 1915 - Les Paul (Lester William Polsfuss) Waukesha Wisconsin, American musician and inventor
  • 1934 - Donald Duck, famous fowl
  • 1934 - Jackie Wilson, singer (Lonely Teardrops, Night), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1940 - Dick Vitale, US, sportscaster (ESPN, ABC "Oh Baby!")
  • 1961 - Michael J. Fox, Edmonton, Alberta, Canadian actor (Family Ties, Back to the Future, Teen Wolf)
  • 1963 - Johnny Depp, Queensboro Ky, actor (21 Jump Street, Ed Wood)
  • 1981 - Natalie Portman [Natalie Hershlag], Jerusalem, Israeli/American actress (Professional, Everyone Says I Love You)

Famous Weddings

  • 1660 - French King Louis XIV (21) marries Maria Theresa of Spain (21) at Saint-Jean-de-Luz
  • 1908 - Poet Joyce Kilmer (21) weds author Aline Murray (19)
  • 1936 - Novelist and journalist George Orwell (33) weds Eileen Maud O'Shaugnessy (30) at St. Mary's Church
  • 1939 - Medical researcher Jonas Salk (24) weds social worker Donna Lindsay
  • 1990 - NHL goaltender Patrick Roy (25) weds Michele Piuze at Saint-Sacrement Church in Quebec, Canada
  • 1991 - Bruce Springsteen weds his backup singer Patty Scialfa
  • 1993 - Japanese crown prince Naruhito weds Masaka Owada
  • 2001 - "Law & Order" actress and model Angie Harmon (28) weds New York Giant NFL player Jason Sehorn (30) at Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas
  • 2002 - "In Your Eyes" singer Peter Gabriel (51) weds Meah Flynn at Li Capanni Hotel in Italy
  • 2005 - "Good Morning, Miami" actor Mark Feuerstein (34) weds TV writer/producer Dana Klein at The Four Seasons-Biltmore Hotel in Santa Barbara, California
  • 2005 - "Saved By The Bell" actress Tiffani Thiessen (31) weds actor Brady Smith in Montecito, California
  • 2006 - Actor Oliver Hudson (29) weds actress Erinn Bartlett (33) at One & Only Palmilla in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • 2007 - "Ugly Betty" actress Ana Ortiz (36) weds musician Noah Lebenzon at the Horned Dorset Primavera Hotel in Rincon, Puerto Rico
  • 2008 - "Tommy Tutone" band lead singer Tommy Heath weds longtime girlfriend Lisa Scholtz in Lake Tahoe, California
  • 2009 - Boxing legend Mike Tyson (43) weds Lakiha Spicer (32) at La Bella Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2012 - Actor Matthew McConaughey (42) weds model Camilla Alves (30) in Austin, Texas
  • 2012 - Comedian Rosie O'Donnell (50) weds Michelle Rounds in New York

Famous Divorces

  • 1977 - George & Patti Harrison divorce
  • 2009 - Elizabeth Watson (39) divorces MLB outfielder Barry Bonds (44) due to irreconcilable differences after 11 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 68 - Claudius Nero, Roman emperor (54-68), commits suicide at 31
  • 1870 - Charles Dickens, English writer (David Copperfield), dies at 58
  • 1871 - Anna Atkins, English botanist and photographer, 1st person to publish a book illustrated with photographic images, dies of paralysis, rheumatism, and exhaustion at 72
  • 2009 - Dick May, Former NASCAR racecar driver
  • 2014 - Bob Welch, American MLB pitcher, dies at 57

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