June 08

1824 The washing machine is patented by Noah Cushing.

1869 Ives McGaffney of Chicago patents the first vacuum cleaner.

1861 Tennessee became the 11th and final state to secede from the Union. It was also the first state readmitted to the Union after the end of the Civil War.

1948 The Milton Berle Show debuted on NBC as the Texaco Star Theater, with Berle originally a guest host before later becoming the permanent star. The show was a huge hit, and Uncle Milty was credited with boosting the new TV industry.

1950 The Boston Red Sox set the major-league record for runs scored by one team as they destroyed the St. Louis Browns, 29-4, at Fenway Park.

1953 The U.S. Supreme Court rules that restaurants in the District Of Columbia cannot refuse to serve blacks.

1963 A drive against cigarette smoking is opened by the American Heart Association, the first voluntary public agency to do so.

1965 U.S. troops in South Vietnam are given orders to begin fighting offensively, not just defensively, as American policy originally dictated.

1966 Pro football reached a merger agreement under which the NFL and AFL would be joined into one league, with two divisions: the NFC and the AFC. The merger also created the yearly championship that we now call the Super Bowl, with the first one played in 1967.

1968 The capture in London of James Earl Ray, the suspected assassin of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was announced.

1969 Baseball legend Mickey Mantle’s No. 7 was retired by the New York Yankees on Mickey Mantle Day at Yankee Stadium.

1969 President Richard Nixon announces that 25,000 U.S. troops will be withdrawn from Vietnam by the end of August.

1969 Guitarist Brian Jones quits the Rolling Stones. The following day (June 9th), he is replaced by guitarist Mick Taylor, formerly of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers.

1974 “Band On The Run” by Paul McCartney & Wings hits Number One on the pop chart.

1974 “Help Me” by Joni Mitchell peaks at Number Seven on the pop chart.

1974 Keyboardist Rick Wakeman quits Yes for the first time. He rejoins and quits several more times.

1985 “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” by Tears For Fears hits Number One on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1987 Fawn HallOliver North’s secretary, began testifying at the Iran-Contra hearings about how she helped shred documents and steal others for her boss.

1995 Mickey Mantle received a liver transplant at a Dallas hospital. He died of cancer two months later.

1999 President Clinton announced new restrictions aimed at making it tougher for teens to sneak into R-rated movies.

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