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On this day in history - June 7

What Happened On This Day – June 7

  • 1989 A Surinam Airways jet crashes on landing in Paramaribo

    The pilots were blamed for the disaster. They had attempted to land using the wrong navigation signal. Of the 187 people on board, 11 survived.

  • 1981 Israel destroys Iraq's Osirak nuclear reactors

    The attack, triggered by fears of a potential Iraqi atom bomb, prompted international criticism and is considered a political disaster as it caused the quarreling Arab states to unite against their common enemy, Israel

  • 1975 The first Cricket World Cup begins

    England hosted the first edition of the event, which today has become one of the world's most important sporting events. The West Indies entered the history books as the first Cricket World Champions.

  • 1968 The world's first Legoland resort opens

    The Legoland in Billund, Denmark was the first of six theme parks based around the Lego interlocking plastic bricks. Billund is the home of The Lego Group.

  • 1929 Vatican City becomes an independent state

    The Lateran Treaty, which was signed on February 11 of the same year, was ratified by Italy's fascist government on this day. It guarantees the political and territorial sovereignty of Vatican City.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
June 7

  • 1958 Prince

    American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, actor

  • 1952 Orhan Pamuk

    Turkish/American author, screenwriter, academic, Nobel Prize laureate

  • 1952 Liam Neeson

    Irish/American actor

  • 1940 Tom Jones

    Welsh/American singer, actor

  • 1848 Paul Gauguin

    French painter

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Deaths On This Day,
June 7

  • 2015 Christopher Lee

    English actor

  • 1980 Henry Miller

    American author, painter

  • 1967 Dorothy Parker

    American poet, writer

  • 1954 Alan Turing

    English mathematician

  • 1329 Robert the Bruce

    Scottish king