Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Today in History - June 8: Today in History - June 8

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Today in History - June 8: Today in History - June 8

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Today is June 8:

Also on this date:

In 632, the Prophet Mohammad died. His teachings, recorded in the Qur'an, forged a new religion -- Islam.

In 1615, Fathers Le Caron, Jamet, Colbeau and Duplessies, the first Christian priests in Canada, reached Quebec from France.

In 1786, commercially made ice cream was sold for the first time in New York.

In 1794, a deistic religion honouring Liberty, Equality and Fraternity replaced Christianity during the French Revolution. Churches became temples of reason.

In 1824, Noah Cushing of Quebec obtained a patent for a washing machine.

In 1866, the first meeting of the Canadian Parliament was held in Ottawa. The meeting was held in the Parliament buildings, which were still unfinished. Construction on the complex had begun in 1857, when Queen Victoria chose Ottawa to be the national capital, and would not finish until 1877.

In 1869, Ives W. McGaffey of Chicago patented his sweeping machine -- the earliest suction-type vacuum cleaner.

In 1929, Britain's first woman cabinet minister was appointed when Margaret Bondfield became minister of labour.

In 1940, the Royal Navy's aircraft carrier "Glorious" was destroyed with a loss of 1,200 lives during the evacuation of Narvik during the Second World War.

In 1944, Canadian soldiers captured 12 towns in Normandy during the Second World War.

In 1953, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that restaurants in the District of Columbia could not refuse to serve blacks.

In 1966, the American and National Football Leagues announced plans to merge, taking effect in 1970.

In 1968, James Earl Ray was arrested and charged in London with assassinating U.S. civil rights leader Martin Luther King. Ray fled to Toronto just four days after King's murder in Memphis on April 4th. He remained in Toronto for a month before leaving for London with two forged Canadian passports. After being returned to Memphis, Ray pleaded guilty to King's murder and was sentenced to 99 years. He recanted his plea soon after, but remained in prison until dying of liver cancer in 1998.

In 1970, the military seized power in Argentina.

In 1977, Joey Smallwood, Newfoundland's first premier from 1949-72, resigned from the provincial legislature and quit active politics. …

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