Today in History: June 8

Today in History:June 8

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0632

Muhammad, the founder of Islam and unifier of Arabia, dies.

0793

The Vikings raid the Northumbrian coast of England.

1861

Tennessee votes to secede from the Union and join the Confederacy.

1862

At the Battle of Cross Keys, Confederate Gen. Richard Ewell and his men defeat Union Gen. John C. Fremont, setting up Stonewall Jackson to move the next day against Union forces at nearby Port Republic.

1863

Residents of Vicksburg flee into caves as General Ulysses S. Grant's army begins shelling the town.

1904

The U.S. dispatches Marines to Tangiers, Morocco, to protect Ion Pedicaris, the wealthy son of a U.S. ambassador, after his family is kidnapped by hostile native tribes in what became known as the "Perdicaris Affair." 

1953

After being turned away at a local diner, 86-year-old African American activist Mary Church Terrell and civil rights groups score a major victory as Supreme Court rules against segregated lunch counters in Washington, D.C.  

1967

Israeli airplanes attack the USS Liberty, a surveillance ship, in the Mediterranean, killing 34 Navy crewmen.

1968

James Earl Ray, the alleged assassin of Martin Luther King, Jr., is captured at the London Airport.

1969

President Richard Nixon meets with President Thieu of South Vietnam to tell him 25,000 U.S. troops will pull out by August.

1995

U.S. Air Force pilot Captain Scott O'Grady is rescued by U.S. Marines in Bosnia.