On This Day In History, 13 June

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World Events Today

  • The Nazi German vengeance weapon, the V-1 flying bomb, known by the British as the “doodlebug”, was first launched on London today in 1944
  • Marcus Simon Sarjeant fired six blank shots at Queen Elizabeth II, as she rode down The Mall to the Trooping the Colour ceremony today in 1981, he was arrested and sentenced to 5 years imprisonment
  • A spectator was killed today in 1991, when lightening struck during the US Open Golf tournament, at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota

Entertainment Events Today

  • The first ever European Cup Final, the pan-European football competition now known as the UEFA Champions League, was held today in 1956 in Paris, Real Madrid beat Reims 4-3
  • The first Twenty20 cricket games, a shortened format of the traditional game, took place today in 2003
  • Viva La Vida, the hit single by the British rock band Coldplay, was released today in 2008, it won a Grammy Award for Song of the Year

Family Events Today

  • The Scottish football player, and outspoken television football pundit, Alan Hansen, was born today in 1955 in Clackmannanshire
  • The English comedian and actress Kathy Burke, star of French and Saunders, Absolutely Fabulous and Harry Enfield, was born today in 1964 in London
  • The American actor Chris Evans, star of a number of Marvel Comics based movies, was born today in 1981 in Boston

Main Event Today

  • The South Korean President, Kim Dae-jung, and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s Chairman, Kim Jong-il, began talks today in 2000, it was the first inter-Korean summit since the Korean War of the 1950s

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Sewing Machine Day

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