June 06 in History Events, Birthdays, & News

To know what happened today in history, famous events occurred,  famous birthdays, death day, legend quotes, and historical news on June 06.

June 06

Events on June 06

1683 In Oxford, Elias Ashmole opens the first public museum, the Ashmolean.

1891 Death of Sir John Alexander Macdonald, first prime minister of Canada.

1903 Indian Photographer Hiralal Sen shoots the first Indian advertisement film for the hair tonics Jabakusum and Edward’s Tonic.

1933 The first drive-in movie opens at Camden, New Jersey.

1941 Death of Louis Chevrolet American car designer.

1956 Death of American archaeologist Hiram Bingham, who located the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu in Peru.

1976 American oil billionaire Jean Paul Getty, who made his first million by the time he was 22, dies in England aged 83.

1982 Stars such as Stevie Wonder, Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan, and Linda Ronstadt appear at an anti-nuclear rally at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

1984 As Indian troops continue to storm the Golden Temple in the Holy City of Amritsar to arrest Sikh militants who have taken refuge there, 712 Sikhs and 90 soldiers are killed.

Famous Birthdays on June 06

Pierre Corneille 1606, French dramatist most famous for Le Cid.

Nathan Hale 1755, an American revolutionary who was hanged for spying on the British.

Aleksandr Pushkin 1799, Russian poet, novelist, and dramatist who wrote the epic verse novel Eugene Onegin and the historical drama Boris Godunov.

Captain Robert Falcon Scott 1868, English explorer of the Antarctic.

Thomas Mann 1875, a German novelist who wrote Death in Venice.

Bjorn Borg 1956, the Swedish tennis champion who won the men’s singles at Wimbledon five times.

Quotes from Legend

Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you.

- Carl Gustav Jung, Austrian psychoanalyst who died today, 1961.

Historical News on June 06

Legal Status for Classical Languages

2004 With the creation of legal status for classical languages in India, Tamil has been recognized as the first such language by President Abdul Kalam.

Tamil is one of the longest surviving languages in the world with literature that is over two millennia old.

So far, more than 55 percent of the inscriptions found by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) have been in Tamil.

The earliest records in Ancient Tamil are short inscriptions, in caves and on pottery, from around the second century BCE.

These inscriptions are written in a variant of the Brahmi script called Tamil Brahmi.

Also, the two earliest manuscripts from India accepted by the UNESCO Memory of the World Register are in Tamil.

The language’s importance in Indian history is indisputable.

Thinker’s Thinker Dies

1961 Carl Gustav Jung, the founder of analytical psychology, died today in Switzerland at the age of eighty-five.

Jung’s contributions to the study of the psyche include his division of personality types into introverted and extroverted, his ideas on the four functions of the mind thinking, feeling, sensation, and intuition, and his belief in a “collective unconscious” linking all mankind.

A highly original all mankind.

A highly original thinker who loved the simple life, Jung spent his last years with his wife Emma in the house they had built by the shores of Lake Zurich.

Allies Send a Million Men to Free Europe

Allies send a million men to free Europe on June 06
Allies send a million men to free Europe

1944 As morning dawned over France today, five desolate beaches on the northern French coast code-named Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword became the scene of the largest military invasion in the world’s history.

Under the supreme command of US General Dwight D. Eisenhower, around 1 million men, in 4,000 ships, disembarked to begin their assault on Rommel’s “Atlantic Wall” and to battle their way into France.

The combined Allied troops, including French, Canadians, British, and Americans, were spearheaded by units of the US 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions who landed near the town of Saint Mere-Eglise, British commandos were meanwhile taking key bridges and knocking out Nazi communications.

Plans for the Normandy Invasion also known as Operation Overlord have been underway since January but were threatened by the worst Channel weather in 25 years.

Taking advantage of a break in the weather, Eisenhower ordered the fleet to set sail.

Four of the beaches surrendered early, but Omaha proved more of a problem.

This evening, however, sizable sections of all five landing areas are under Allied control.

The final campaign to defeat Germany has begun.

1988 In New York City today, David Stern became the world’s biggest bubble blower.

He blew a bubble measuring a record 50ft (15.24 m) in length.

Mourners Tear off Ayatollah’s Shroud

Mourners tear off Ayatollah Khomeini in Tehran on June 06
Mourners tear off Ayatollah Khomeini in Tehran

1989 There were scenes of hysteria at the funeral of Ayatollah Khomeini in Tehran, it was reported today.

As the open coffin of the 87-year-old Iranian leader was borne over the heads of the crowd on its way to its resting place on the outskirts of the city, grief-stricken mourners clutched frantically at the body, unwrapping it and tearing up the shroud.

Today’s funeral ends a decade which, under the Ayatollah, has seen the revival of militant Islamic fundamentalism, of terrorism and war, and of hostility to the West.

This came to a head nine months after Khomeini’s rise to power with the seizure in Tehran of 52 US embassy staff, the Americans were kept hostage for 444 days.

Then the Iran-Iraq war intensified into a full-scale conflict in 1982.

Despite repeated Iraqi bids for a cease-fire, the fighting did not cease until August 1988.

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