Today in History, June 8: Anthony Bourdain Jun 8, 2019 0 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Today is Saturday, June 8.Today's Highlight in History: 2018: Anthony Bourdain One year ago: Celebrity chef, author and CNN host Anthony Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room in eastern France in what authorities determined was a suicide. AP 1845: Andrew Jackson In 1845, Andrew Jackson, seventh president of the United States, died in Nashville, Tennessee. AP 1920: Republican National Convention In 1920, the Republican National Convention opened in Chicago; its delegates ended up nominating Warren G. Harding for president. AP 1939: King George VI & Queen Elizabeth In 1939, Britain's King George VI and his consort, Queen Elizabeth, arrived in Washington, D.C., where they were received at the White House by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. AP 1948: "Texaco Star Theater" In 1948, the "Texaco Star Theater" made its debut on NBC-TV with Milton Berle guest-hosting the first program. (Berle was later named the show's permanent host.) AP 1966: National & American Football Leagues In 1966, a merger was announced between the National and American Football Leagues, to take effect in 1970. AP 1968: James Earl Ray On June 8, 1968, authorities announced the capture in London of James Earl Ray, the suspected assassin of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. AP 1995: Capt. Scott O'Grady In 1995, U.S. Marines rescued Capt. Scott O'Grady, whose F-16C fighter jet had been shot down by Bosnian Serbs on June 2. AP 1995: Mickey Mantle In 1995, Mickey Mantle received a liver transplant at a Dallas hospital; however, the baseball great died two months later. AP 1998: National Rifle Association In 1998, the National Rifle Association elected actor Charlton Heston to be its president. AP 2003: Mayors Coalition Denver In 2003, frustrated and angry over delays, a coalition of the nation's mayors meeting in Denver asked federal officials to bypass state governments and give them the money they needed to beef up homeland security. AP 2009: Omar Bongo Ten years ago: Omar Bongo, 73, the world's longest-serving president who'd ruled Gabon for 42 years, died at a Spanish hospital. AP 2009: South Korea Journalists Ten years ago: North Korea's highest court sentenced American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee to 12 years' hard labor for trespassing and "hostile acts." (The women were pardoned in early August 2009 after a trip to Pyongyang by former President Bill Clinton.) AP 2014: Karachi, Pakistan Five years ago: Gunmen stormed an airport terminal in Karachi, Pakistan, in an attack that left at least 29 people dead, including the assailants (the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility). AP 2014: Las Vegas Five years ago: A married couple shot and killed two Las Vegas police officers and an armed bystander who attempted to intervene; the couple then took their own lives. AP 2014: Pope Francis Five years ago: Pope Francis welcomed the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to the Vatican for a remarkable evening of peace prayers. AP 2014: Rafael Nadal Five years ago: Rafael Nadal won the French Open title for the ninth time, and the fifth time in a row, by beating Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4. AP 2017: James Comey In 2017, former FBI Director James Comey, testifying before Congress, asserted that President Donald Trump fired him to interfere with his investigation of Russia's ties to the Trump campaign. AP 2018: Golden State Warriors One year ago: The Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 108-85, in Game 4 of the NBA finals to complete a sweep; it was their second straight title and third in four years. AP 2018: Trump Group of Seven One year ago: President Donald Trump joined longtime U.S. allies at the Group of Seven summit in Canada after insisting that the other countries "have been taking advantage of the United States on trade;" Trump also said Russia should be brought back into the group. AP 2018: Trump Russia Probe Manafort One year ago: Special counsel Robert Mueller brought new obstruction charges against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and a longtime associate, Konstantin Kilimnik, who prosecutors said had ties to Russian intelligence. 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