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Today In History

Today In History – June 7

June 7 is the 158th day of the year (159th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar
US President John Adams
US President John Adams

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few more of them:

June 7 is the 158th day of the year (159th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 207 days remain until the end of the year.

EVENTS

1002 – Henry II, a cousin of Emperor Otto III, is elected and crowned King of Germany.

1099 – First Crusade: The Siege of Jerusalem begins.

1494 – Spain and Portugal sign the Treaty of Tordesillas which divides the New World between the two countries.

1654 – Louis XIV is crowned King of France.

1692 – Port Royal, Jamaica, is hit by a catastrophic earthquake; in just three minutes, 1,600 people are killed and 3,000 are seriously injured.

1776 – Richard Henry Lee presents the "Lee Resolution" to the Continental Congress. The motion is seconded by John Adams and will lead to the United States Declaration of Independence.

1832 – Asian cholera reaches Quebec, brought by Irish immigrants, and kills about 6,000 people in Lower Canada.

1862 – The United States and the United Kingdom agree in the Lyons–Seward Treaty to suppress the African slave trade.

1899 – American Temperance crusader Carrie Nation begins her campaign of vandalizing alcohol-serving establishments by destroying the inventory in a saloon in Kiowa, Kansas.

1906 – Cunard Line's RMS Lusitania is launched from the John Brown Shipyard, Glasgow (Clydebank), Scotland.

1938 – The Douglas DC-4E makes its first test flight.

1945 – King Haakon VII of Norway returns from exactly five years in exile during World War II.

1946 – The United Kingdom's BBC returns to broadcasting its television service, which has been off air for seven years because of World War II.

1965 – The Supreme Court of the United States hands down its decision in Griswold v. Connecticut, prohibiting the states from criminalizing the use of contraception by married couples.

1971 – The United States Supreme Court overturns the conviction of Paul Cohen for disturbing the peace, setting the precedent that vulgar writing is protected under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

1971 – The Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Division of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service raids the home of Ken Ballew for illegal possession of hand grenades.

1975 – Sony launches Betamax, the first videocassette recorder format.

1977 – Five hundred million people watch the high day of the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II begin on television.

1982 – Priscilla Presley opens Graceland to the public; the bathroom where Elvis Presley died five years earlier is kept off-limits.



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