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1968 England James Earl Ray Arrested 8th June 1968 : James Earl Ray was arrested in London Airport on charges of conspiracy and murder in connection with the assassination of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

1924 Japan Elections Jun. 8th 1924 : The Japanese Cabinet has resigned as a result of the party being defeated in elections

1932 U.S.A. Tax Reforms Jun. 8th 1932 : Some of the widest range of tax reforms and increases are to start over the next 4 months and should bring in over 1 billion dollars to the US treasury each year to help balance the budget after major spending on welfare programs for those unemployed due to the depression, amongst the large number of new taxes are New Electricity Tax, and special excise taxes on soap, automobile tires, chewing gum, new admissions tax at movie theatres and sports venues, gift tax and higher personal taxes from next March.

1942 U.S.A. Bing Crosby Jun. 8th 1942 : Bing Crosby recorded "Adeste Fideles" and "Silent Night." He also achieved a great deal of fame with his popular rendition of "White Christmas."

1949 U.S.A. FBI report on Hollywood Stars 8th June 1949 : An FBI report names a number of Hollywood stars including Edward G. Robinson members of the Communist Party.

1953 U.S.A. Supreme Court Ruling Jun. 8th 1953 : The Supreme Court ruled that restaurants and bars in Washington D.C. are required to serve African-American customers

1965 Vietnam US Pledges Support 8th June 1965 : America's position on support for the South Vietnamese government changes when the state department issues a statement that American forces would be available for combat support together with Vietnamese forces when and if necessary.

1967 Israel Six Day War Jun. 8th 1967 : During the Six-Day War , Israeli aircraft and torpedo boats attack the USS Liberty in international waters off Egypt's Gaza Strip.

1972 U.S.A. Cruise Missiles 8th June 1972 : The Pentagon has announced plans to develop a completely new type of Nuclear Missile that could be launched from a submarine and flown like an aircraft flying below 500ft to avoid radar detection to reach it's target, this is part of the ongoing Cruise Missile development .

1978 U.S.A. Naomi James Jun. 8th 1978 : Naomi James breaks the solo round-the-world sailing record by two days with her 53 ft yacht Express Crusader when she crossed the finish line in Dartmouth taking 272 days to complete the record.

1982 Falkland Islands Argentine Troops 8th June 1982 : Argentine aircraft attack the supply ships Sir Galahad and Sir Tristram in the Falklands. The British troops have 7,000 Argentinean troops surrounded and are asking them to surrender to save further bloodshed at Port Stanley in The Falkland Islands.

1987 U.S.A. Iran-Contra Hearings Jun. 8th 1987 : The secretary "Fawn Hall" to national security aide Lt. Colonel Oliver North testified at the Iran-Contra hearings, saying she had helped to shred some documents. She had testified in exchange for immunity from prosecution.

1998 UK Memorial Service Linda McCartney 8th June 1998 : The three surviving members of the Beatles are reunited for the Memorial Service of Paul's wife Linda who died earlier this year from breast cancer. Many other stars turned out to pay tribute to Linda McCartney including Elton John, Spike Milligan, Joanna Lumley, Pete Townshend and Sting

1999 UK Growth Of Mobile Phone Usage Jun. 8th 1999 : The mobile phone which became more affordable for the masses in 1998 has now reached 25% of the UK population owning a mobile phone and many predict the growth will continue. As of 2007 the penetration is complete with close to 99% of the population owning a mobile phone.
The mobile phone which was mainly used by businesses becomes more affordable for the masses in 1998 and by 1999 had reached 15% of the US population owning a mobile phone with close to 84-percent of the US population in 2007 owning a mobile phone.

2001 UK Tony Blair 8th June 2001 : Tony Blair and the British labour party are elected to a second term winning 413 seats against the Conservative party with 166 seats and the Liberal Democrats winning 52 seats giving the labour party a majority of 167 overall in the house of commons.

2001 U.S.A. Tropical Storm Allison Jun. 8th 2001 : Tropical Storm Allison has now been affecting Texas and Louisiana for the last three days with winds over 60MPH leaving 22 people dead and massive flooding in the area.

2002 U.S.A. Camp David Meeting 8th June 2002 : The meeting in Camp David between Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak and President Bush does not reach agreement as Mr Mubarak is pressing for a timetable for the creation of a Palestinian state and Mr Bush has said Yasser Arafat must do more to prevent attacks on Israelis by Palestinian militants, before a timetable can be put in place. Meanwhile three Israelis were killed and four others injured in two separate attacks by Palestinian militants on Jewish settlements and Israel continues its "siege" of Palestine including carrying out house-to-house searches.

Somalia 2007 Somalia First Somalian President Dies Jun. 8th, 2007 : The first president of Somalia, Aden Abdulle Osman, who was elected in 1960 when British and Italian colonies joined to create the country of Somalia. Osman was also the first African leader to voluntarily give up power after his defeat in the 1967 election. Osman was ninety-nine years old and died in a Kenyan hospital after being in a coma, family had stated that Osman had wished to see Somalia achieve a peaceful state.

2008 Japan G8 Meeting 8th June 2008 : A meeting of the world's leading industrialized nations have met in Japan over concerns that the continued soaring oil prices ( $139 a barrel ) could damage the global economy. Currently G8 members are pressing OPEC members to increase oil production who seem reluctant to increase production which would bring the price of oil down, OPEC have stated no decision will be made until the scheduled meeting in September.

United States 2008 United States Clinton Suspends Presidential Bid Jun. 8th, 2008 : Hilary Clinton decided to bow out of the Democratic presidential nomination race and endorsed Barack Obama for the candidacy. Clinton asked her supporters to put their full support behind Barack Obama as the Democratic nominee.

North Korea 2009 North Korea American Journalists Jailed 8th June, 2009 : A North Korean court sentenced two American journalists to twelve years of hard labor after being convicted of entering the country illegally and committing "hostile acts'. Euna Lee and Laura Ling were arrested in March after crossing the border with China while working on a story about refugees for Current TV.

Mexico 2011 Mexico Gunmen Attack Drug Clinic Jun. 8th, 2011 : Eleven people were killed after gunmen attacked La Victoria drugs clinic in Torreon, Mexico. The drug treatment center located in the Northern state of Coahuila, was attacked for unknown reasons, but police stated it was likely the work of hitmen related to the drug gangs in the area.

Japan 2012 Japan Olympus to Cut 2,700 Jobs
8th June, 2012 : The Japanese camera and medical supply maker Olympus stated that they planned on cutting 2,700 jobs as part of an effort to restore its financial health. The company was also planning on cutting its number of worldwide factories to 18 from 30, and reducing its overall workforce by seven percent over five years.

South Africa
2013 South Africa Nelson Mandela Admitted to Hospital

Jun. 8th, 2013 : Former South African president and leader of the fight against apartheid, Nelson Mandela, was admitted to a hospital in South Africa in serious condition. The ninety-four year old had been suffering from a lung infection and representatives state that he had been stabilized.