On This Day In History, 8 June

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World Events Today

  • The English mountaineer George Herbert Leigh Mallory, whilst nearing the summit of Mount Everest, was last sighted alive today in 1924, his body was discovered 75 years later, it is unknown to this day whether he reached the summit or not
  • General Bernard Montgomery arrived in Normandy today in 1944, just 2 days after the D-Day landings
  • New Zealand passed the New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament and Arms Control Act, today in 1987, it committed the country to being a Nuclear Free Zone

Entertainment Events Today

  • Bing Crosby recorded Silent Night today in 1942, it became one of the best-selling singles of all time
  • One of the best-known novels in the world, George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, was published today in 1949
  • The supernatural comedy movie Ghostbusters, starring Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd, went on general release in the United States today in 1984

Family Events Today

  • Joan Alexandra Molinsky, better known as the American comedian and television host Joan Rivers, was born today in 1933 in New York
  • Gaynor Hopkins, better known as the Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler, whose hits include It’s a Heartache and Total Eclipse of the Heart, was born today in 1951 in Neath
  • The American rapper Kanye West, whose hits include Heartless and Gold Digger, was born today in 1977 in Atlanta

Main Event Today

  • During the Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, the photographer Nick Ut took the infamous “Napalm girl” photo today in 1972

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Upsy Daisy Day

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