Holidays Calendar for June 8, 2016

The islander of Norfolk Island annually celebrate Bounty Day on June 8. This holiday celebrates the arrival of the islanders by the HMS Bounty to the island.

World Brain Tumor Day is observed on June 8 every year. The observance was created in 2000 by German Brain Tumor Association (Deutsche Hirntumorhilfe e.V.).

Russian workers of social protection annually celebrate their professional holiday in June 8. Social Worker's Day was established by President of Russian Vladimir Putin on October 27, 2000.

Engineer's Day is celebrated by the Peruvian engineers every year on June 8. The architects also join to the celebration of this holiday, because these two professions are closely intertwined.

Slovenia annually celebrates Primož Trubar Day on June 8. This holiday commemorates life of Primož Trubar, the Protestant reformer and the author of the first printed book in Slovenian language.

June 8 is National Jelly-Filled Doughnut Day. One of America's favorite treats deserves its own holiday.

National Best Friend Day, also known as National Best Friends Day, is celebrated on June 8. Just like many other “national” holidays, it is in fact unofficial. But don't let that stop you from telling your BFF how important and special they are.

June 8 is World Oceans Day. This day celebrates beauty and wealth of the oceans and it reminds everyone about their importance in life of the whole planet.

This Day in History

  • 2004 The first Venus Transit in modern history took place. The previous transit occurred in 1882.
  • 1987 New Zealand established a national nuclear-free zone under the New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament, and Arms Control Act passed by the Fourth Labour Government.
  • 1982 President of the USA Ronald Reagan used a famous expression "ash heap of history" concerning the Soviet Union in a speech to the British House of Common: "freedom and democracy will leave Marxism and Leninism on the ash heap of history".
  • 1982 A Boeing 727-212 VASP Flight 168 en route from São Paulo to Fortaleza, Brazil, crashed into terrain while descending. 137 people on board died. This crash is the third-highest death toll of any aviation accident in Brazil.
  • 1970 Died: Abraham Maslow, American psychologist and academic, best known for creating Maslow's hierarchy of needs, a theory of psychological health predicated on fulfilling innate human needs in priority, culminating in self-actualization.
  • 1967 The US Navy technical research ship USS Liberty was accidentally attacked by Israeli Air Force jet fighter aircraft and Navy motor torpedo boats during the Six-Day War. 34 were killed and 171 wounded.
  • 1966 Born: Julianna Margulies, American actress and producer, best known for role as nurse Carol Hathaway on medical drama ER.
  • 1966 An F5 tornado devastated Topeka, Kansas, USA. 16 people were killed, hundreds more injured, thousands of homes damaged or destroyed. This was the first tornado to cause more than $100 million in damages.
  • 1962 Born: Nick Rhodes, English keyboard player and producer, best known as the founding member of the new wave band Duran Duran.
  • 1955 Born: Tim Berners-Lee, English-American computer scientist and engineer, inventor of the World Wide Web.
  • 1951 Born: Bonnie Tyler, Welsh singer-songwriter, whose major hits made her famous. Among her best known hits are It's a Heartache, Total Eclipse of the Heart, Holding Out for a hero, Si demain.
  • 1949 George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four was published for the first time. This novel is one of the best anti-Utopian books.
  • 1947 Born: Eric F. Wieschaus, American biologist, geneticist, and academic Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate for work revealing the genetic control of embryonic development.
  • 1940 Born: Nancy Sinatra, American singer and actress, daughter of Frank Sinatra, widely known for her hit These Boots Are Made for Walkin'.
  • 1940 Operation Alphabet was completed. British, French and Polish troops were evacuated from Narvik, Norway.
  • 1936 Born: Kenneth G. Wilson, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate for his work on phase transitions, illuminating the subtle essence of phenomena like melting ice and emerging magnetism.
  • 1930 A 6-year old King of Romania Michael I was overthrown by his father Carol II. Michael I again became the King of Romania in 1940 at the age of 19.
  • 1924 Died: George Mallory, English lieutenant and mountaineer. He took part in the first three British expeditions to Mount Everest in the early 1920s. He and his partner Andrew Irvine both disappeared on the North-East ridge during their attempt to make the first ascent of Everest. Mallory's body was found in 1999.
  • 1916 Born: Francis Crick, English biologist, biophysicist, and neuroscientist, Nobel Prize laureate, co-discoverer of the structure of the DNA molecule. He, James Watson and Maurice Wilkins were jointly awarded with Nobel Prize for this discovery in 1962.
  • 1912 An American film studio Universal Pictures was incorporated by Carl Laemmle.
  • 1889 Died: Gerard Manley Hopkins, English priest and poet, posthumously famous among the leading Victorian poets. He was known as an innovator for experimental use of prosody and imagery in a period of largely traditional verse.
  • 1876 Died: George Sand (born as Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin), French author, well known for her romantic affairs with artists, including pianist Frédéric Chopin and the writer Alfred de Musset.
  • 1845 Died: Andrew Jackson, American general, judge, and politician, the 7th President of the United States
  • 1831 Died: Sarah Siddons, English actress, best-known tragedienne of the 18th century. She's most famous for her portrayal of Shakespearean character Lady Macbeth.
  • 1810 Born: Robert Schumann, German composer and critic, widely regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Romantic era. Due to hand injury Schumann couldn't become a great pianist, so he had to focus on composing.
  • 1768 Died: Johann Joachim Winckelmann, German archaeologist and scholar, the first to articulate the difference between Greek, Greco-Roman and Roman art. He was one of the founders of archeology and the first to apply the categories of style on systematic basis to the history of art.
  • 1671 Born: Tomaso Albinoni, Italian opera composer, mainly remembered today for his instrumental music. Most of his works were not published and lost after his death. Adagio in G minor is the most famous work by Albinoni.
  • 1628 Died: Rudolph Goclenius, German lexicographer and philosopher, inventor of the term "psychology". Also known for his extensive contributions to ontology.
  • 1376 Died: Edward, the Black Prince, the eldest son of King Edward III of England and Philippa of Hainaul, the father of King Richard II of England.
  • 632 Died: Muhammad, Muslim prophet and messenger, viewed by the Muslims as the last prophet sent by God to mankind.