These historical events took place on June 8th:
1789: James Madison introduces a proposed Bill of Rights in the United States House of Representatives
1861: American Civil War: Tennessee votes to secede from the Union.
1869: Ives W. McGaffey of Chicago patents the 1st vacuum cleaner, calls it a “sweeping machine”
1872: United States Congress endorses penny post card.
1892: Homer A Plessy refuses to go to segregated Railroad car this would lead to the historical United States Supreme Court decision (Plessy v Ferguson).
1905: United States President Theodore Roosevelt sends identical notes to Japan and Russia urging them to negotiate and end hostilities, offering his personal services
1946: Raymond Scott and Bernard Hanighen’s musical “Lute Song”, starring Mary Martin, Yul Brenner, and Nancy Davis, and directed by John Houseman, closes at Plymouth Theater, NYC, after 142 performances. Nancy Davis would go on to marry future United States President Ronald Reagon.
1948: John Rudder becomes first African American commissioned officer in United States marines.
1953: Segregated lunch counters in Washington, D.C. forbidden by United States Supreme Court.
1965: United States troops ordered to fight offensively in Vietnam.
1966: Topeka, Kansas is devastated by a tornado that registers as an “F5” on the Fujita Scale: the first to exceed $100 million in damages in the United States. Sixteen people are killed, hundreds more injured, and thousands of homes damaged or destroyed.
2017: Ex-FBI chief James Comey testifies to a United States Senate committee that United States President Donald Trump told “lies plain and simple”