It happened today – this day in history – June 9

68AD: Roman Emperor Nero commits suicide, imploring his secretary Epaphroditos to slit his throat to evade a Senate-imposed death by flogging.

1534: Jacques Cartier sails into the mouth of the St Lawrence River.

1660: Louis XIV of France marries Maria Theresa of Spain.

1672: Tsar Peter The Great (Pyotr Alexeyevich Romanov) is born in Moscow.

1752:The French army surrenders to the British in Trichinopoly, India.

1822: Charles Graham patents porcelain false teeth in New York.

1856: 500 Mormons leave Iowa, and head west for Salt Lake City, Utah, carrying all their possessions in two-wheeled handcarts.

1870: Author Charles Dickens dies from a stroke aged 58.

1873: Alexandra Palace burns down after being open for only 16 days.

1891: French painter Paul Gauguin arrives in Papeete, Tahiti.

1898: China leases Hong Kong’s new territories to the UK for 99 years.

1899: James J Jeffries KOs defending champion Bob Fitzsimmons of England in the 11th round in Brooklyn, New York to win the lineal World Heavyweight boxing title.

1908: Edward VII visits Tsar Nicholas II at Reval, Russia, where the two discuss the growing power of Germany and British plans for reform in Macedonia.

1930: Chicago Tribune reporter Jake Lingle is killed during rush hour at the Illinois Central train station by the Leo Vincent Brothers, allegedly over a $100,000 gambling debt owed to Al Capone.

1934: The first appearance of Donald Duck in the cartoon “The Wise Little Hen”.

1940: Gen Charles de Gaulle and Winston Churchill meet for the first time.

1942: Nazis kill all inhabitants of Lidice, which had been implicated in the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, controller of Bohemia and Moravia.

1946: Bhumibol Adulyadej becomes King of Thailand after the death of his brother King Ananda Mahidol. On the same day, Joe Louis KOs Billy Conn in Round 8 for the heavyweight boxing title.

1958: The Queen opens the newly extended Gatwick Airport. On the dame day, actor Robert Donat dies aged 53.

1964: Bob Dylan records Mr. Tambourine Man at Columbia Recording Studios in New York.

1968: Ken Rosewall beats Rod Laver 6-3, 6-1, 2-6, 6-2 to win the French Open tennis title, the first Grand Slam tournament of the open era, allowing professional players to compete.

1970: King Hussein of Jordan escapes an assassination attempt when gunmen open fire on his motorcade near his summer palace.

1972: Bruce Springsteen signs with Columbia Records and starts to assemble the E Street Band from various Asbury Park ex-bandmates.

1975: The first live transmission from the House of Commons is broadcast by BBC Radio and commercial stations.


1978: Larry Holmes beats Ken Norton in 15 rounds for the heavyweight boxing title.

1980: Comedian Richard Pryor suffers severe burns from freebasing cocaine.

1983: Margaret Thatcher leads the Conservatives to a landslide second election victory.

1984: Martina Navratilova defeats Chris Evert 6-3, 6-1, becoming the second woman in the open era to hold all four Grand Slam titles at once.

1985: American Thomas Sutherland is kidnapped and held hostage in Lebanon. On the same day, the USSR’s Vega 1 deposits a lander on the surface of Venus.

1990: Monica Seles wins her first Grand Slam singles title at the French Open, beating Steffi Graf 7-6, 6-4.

1991: Bruce Springsteen marries E Street Band backup singer Patti Scialfa.

1994: After an argument, TLC singer Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes sets fire to her boyfriend’s Atlanta mansion, worth $2 million, burning it to the ground.

1995: Andrew Richards is imprisoned for life for the attempted rape of another man in the first case of its kind in Britain.

1997: Britain’s lease on the New Territories in Hong Kong expires.

1998: Oasis singer Liam Gallagher and Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall are involved in a brawl at The Metropolitan Hotel, London.

2002: Singles chart:

  1. Light My Fire – Will Young
  2. Without Me – Eminem
  3. Just A Little – Liberty X
  4. We’re On The Ball – Ant and Dec
  5. If Tomorrow Never Comes – Ronan Keating
  6. It’s OK – Atomic Kitten
  7. Be Cool – Paffendorf
  8. Blurry – Puddle Of Mudd
  9. Dove (I’ll Be Loving You) – Moony
  10. Kiss Kiss – Holly Vallance
2002: Enrique Iglesias – Escape

Album chart:

  1. The Eminem Show – Eminem
  2. Greatest Hits I II and III – Queen
  3. Destination – Ronan Keating
  4. Escape – Enrique Iglesias
  5. Thinking It Over – Liberty X
  6. Come Away With Me – Norah Jones
  7. Together – Lulu
  8. The Private Press – DJ Shadow
  9. Ace – Ian van Dahl
  10. Missundaztood – Pink

2013: Edward Snowden publicly makes his identity known as the leaker of NSA documents.

2014: Comedian/actor Rik Mayall dies aged 56.

2015: Bandleader James Last dies aged 86.

2017: 1960s Batman actor Adam West dies aged 88.

2019: Over 1 million people protest in Hong Kong over proposed new extradition laws to China in one of largest-ever protests in the city.

2020: Former UFO guitarist Paul Chapman dies on his 66th birthday.

2021: US President Joe Biden arrives in the UK to attend a G7 summit.

2022: Conjoined twins with a fused brain are successfully separated in Brazil. On the same day, NASA announces it will begin research into UFOs, focusing on unidentified aerial phenomena. The budget for the entire program is a measly $100,000. Also, singer Julee Cruise commits suicide aged 65.

2023: Former prime miniter Boris Johnson resigns as a Tory MP.

Eddie Marsan

BIRTHDAYS: Mick Box, guitarist (Uriah Heep), 77; Patricia Cornwell, novelist, 68; Benny Gantz, Israeli politician, 65; Michael J Fox, actor, 63; Aaron Sorkin, screenwriter, 63; Eddie Lundon, guitarist (China Crisis) 62; Johnny Depp, actor, 61; Gloria Reuben, actress, 60; Eddie Marsan, actor, 56; Ed Simons, keyboards, (The Chemical Brothers), 54; Matthew Bellamy, singer/guitarist/pianist/songwriter (Muse) 46; Miroslav Klose, German footballer, 46; Natalie Portman (Hershlag), actress, 43; Anoushka Shankar, musician, 43; Wesley Sneijder, Dutch footballer, 40.