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This Day in History for June 8

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1824 – Washing machine patented by Noah Cushing of Quebec.

1905 – US President Theodore Roosevelt sends identical notes to Japan and Russia urging them to negotiate and end hostilities, offering his personal services.

1928 – 1st US-to-Australia flight lands (Sir Charles Kingford)

1933 – A’s first baseman Jimmie Foxx hits 3 consecutive home runs as Philadelphia outscores New York Yankees, 14-10, 4 straight HRs after Foxx had homered last time up the previous day.

1942 – Bing Crosby records “Silent Night”

1948 – “Texaco Star Theater” premieres on NBC-TV, with “Mr. Television” Milton Berle mad permanent emcee in September of the same year.

1953 – Segregated lunch counters in DC forbidden by Supreme Court.

1955 – LA Dodgers option pitcher (and future Baseball Hall of Fame manager) Tommy Lasorda to make room on roster for future Hall of Famer, pitcher Sandy Koufax.

1956 – Richard B. Fitzgibbon Jr. killed by another USAF airman in Vietnam, becoming the first American killed in the Vietnam War.

1962 – Jim Beatty runs world record 2 mile (8:29.8)

1963 – American Heart Association is 1st agency to campaign against cigarettes.

1974 – US and Saudi Arabia sign military-economic contract.

1982 – US President Ronald Reagan addresses the British Parliament in his “ash heap of history” speech.

1985 – French Open Women’s Tennis: Chris Evert beats Martina Navratilova 6-3, 6-7, 7-5 for her 17th Grand Slam title and 6th French singles crown.

1988 – Nippon Airways announces that painting eyeballs on Jets cut bird collisions by 20%.

1995 – Downed U.S. Air Force pilot Captain Scott O’Grady is rescued by U.S. Marines in Bosnia.

2003 – Senior PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Aronimink GC, PA: John Jacobs wins his only Champions tour major title with a 2 stroke margin to runner-up Bobby Watkins.

2011 – 45th CMT Music Awards: Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert & Blake Shelton wins.

2017 – Ex-FBI chief James Comey testifies to a US Senate confirmation that US President Donald Trump told “lies plain and simple.”

2020 – World Bank says the COVID-19 pandemic will shrink the global economy by 5.2% in 2020.