8th June
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632 Muhammad, Founder Of Islam, Dies

He died in Medina, part of present day Saudi Arabia.

At the age of 40, in 610, in a cave in Mount Hira, north of Mecca, he had a vision in which he heard God speak through the Angel Gabriel, who commanded him to become the Arab prophet of the "true religion."

His lifetime of collected religious revelations are known as the Qur'an.

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1967 Israel Attacks USS Liberty

In an event for which Israel later apologized, and offered to pay $6.9mn in compensation, it attacked the lightly armed US ship. The Liberty's radio calls for help were initially blocked by Israel, but it eventually managed to get a message through to USS Saratoga who sent 12 fighter planes to help in her defense. However, these were recalled by Washington and they never arrived at the Liberty.

The Liberty managed to withstand the pounding and made it to a safe port.

The next day, Israel invaded the Syrian Golan Heights. It has been suggested that Israel may have wanted to incapacitate the Liberty to stop it reporting on radio communications regarding the invasion.

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1869 The first US patent for a "sweeping machine" (vacuum cleaner) is awarded to Ives McGaffey.

1968 Senator Robert F Kennedy is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, 30 yards from his older brother, John F Kennedy.

1968 Martin Luther King Jr's assassin, James Earl Ray, is arrested in London, England.

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