This Day in History: June 8

Featured Biography

Frank Lloyd Wright
American architect
Kanye West
American producer, rapper, and designer
Gabby Giffords
American politician
Julianna Margulies
American actress
Tim Berners-Lee
British scientist
Joan Rivers
American entertainer

More Events On This Day

Anthony Bourdain
American chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain, who helped popularize “foodie” culture in the early 21st century through his books and television programs, died by suicide at the age of 61. Take our foodie quiz
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red soft coral
The United Nations hosted its first World Oceans Day, which sought to celebrate oceans while also raising awareness of the threats that they and their marine ecosystems faced. Sort fact from fiction in our quiz about oceans
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Serena Williams
Serena Williams defeated her sister Venus Williams to win her first French Open tennis title. Sort fact from fiction in our tennis quiz
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Kanye West
American producer and rapper Kanye West—who parlayed his production success into a career as a popular critically acclaimed solo artist—was born. Test your knowledge of hip-hop
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The National Football League and the American Football League announced a merger, which became effective in 1970. Take our quiz about American football
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Tim Berners-Lee
British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee, who was generally credited as the inventor of the World Wide Web, was born. How much do you know about computers and technology?
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George Orwell
British author George Orwell published his dystopian classic Nineteen Eighty-four, a warning against totalitarianism that introduced such concepts as Big Brother and the Thought Police. Take our quiz about the authors of classic literature
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Francis Crick
Biophysicist Francis Crick, who along with James Dewey Watson and Maurice Wilkins received the 1962 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for their determination of the molecular structure of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), was born in Northampton, England. How much do you know about the Nobel Prize?
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Franz Joseph
Franz Joseph was crowned king of Hungary. Take our quiz about kings and emperors
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Siege of Acre
At the time of the Third Crusade, Richard I joined the Crusaders in Acre, having conquered Cyprus on his way there. How much do you know about the Crusades?
Prophet's Mosque (al-Masjid al-Nabawī)
Muhammad, the founder of the religion of Islam and of the Muslim community, died in Medina. Test your knowledge of Islam
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