On June 8…

632 – Mohammed, the founder of Islam, died in Medina, near present-day Saudi Arabia.

A folio from an early Quran, written in Kufic script (Abbasid period, 8th–9th century).


1783 – Iceland’s Laki Volcano erupted and spewed lava continuously for eight months.  One of the most violent of volcanic eruptions ever recorded, it killed 9,350 people and caused a famine which lasted until 1790.


1786 – Commercial ice cream was manufactured for the first time in New York City.

1810 – Composer Robert Schumann (Symphonic Etudes, Fantasia in C Major, Concerto in a Minor) was born in Saxony, Germany.


1867 – Architect Frank Lloyd Wright (Pennsylvania’s Falling Water, NYC’s Guggenheim Museum) was born in Richland Center, WI.


1869 – Ives W. McGaffey of Chicago, IL, received a U.S. patent for the suction vacuum cleaner.


1874 – Chief Cochise, a leader of the Apache Indians, died on the Chiricahua Reservation in southeastern Arizona.


1966 – The American Football League and the National Football League announced they will merge.


1968 – James Earl Ray, the prime suspect in the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., was arrested in London.

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