This Day In History, June 8th

What happened on this day in history: American architect Frank Lloyd Wright is born in 1867, Anthony Bourdain dies in 2018, and more.

632 C.E.: The Prophet Muhammad Dies

Prophet Muhammad dies in Medina, Saudi Arabia, at the age of 62. The founder of Islam and the man behind the religion’s holy text, the Qurʾān, Muhammad is regarded by Muslims as God’s final prophet. Today, almost 2 billion Muslims worldwide follow the path set forth by Muhammad.

1867: Frank Lloyd Wright Is Born

This Day In History June 8

Americasroof/Wikimedia CommonsA Frank Lloyd Wright house in Wisconsin.

Frank Lloyd Wright is born in Richland Center, Wisconsin. One of America’s preeminent 20th-century architects, Wright designed both “Prairie Style” residential homes as well as structures like the Guggenheim Museum. In all, he designed some 800 buildings, of which about 380 were actually built.

1874: Apache Chief Cochise Dies

Cochise dies on the Chiricahua Apache Reservation in present-day Arizona. An Apache chief, Cochise spent most of his life fighting the U.S. Army after he and others were accused of kidnapping a ranch hand’s young son. After a decade of resistance, he negotiated a treaty and retired to a reservation.

1924: George Mallory Is Seen Alive For The Last Time

British explorer George Mallory is seen alive for the last time as he and his climbing partner, Andrew Irvine, attempt to summit Mount Everest. Mallory’s body was found in 1999; Irvine’s has never been found.

1972: The “Napalm Girl” Photo Is Taken

Napalm Girl

AP/Nick UtThe so-called “Napalm Girl” photographed during the Vietnam War.

AP photographer Nick Ut captures a photo of nine-year-old Phan Thị Kim Phúc in Trảng Bàng, Vietnam, after she was burned by napalm during an assault. Ut’s photo of the screaming, naked girl — soon dubbed the “Napalm girl” — shocked readers when it appeared in newspapers. Ultimately, Phúc survived the Vietnam War and later became an advocate for peace.

2018: Anthony
Anthony Bourdain

Wikimedia CommonsAnthony Bourdain was given a Peabody Award in 2013 for “expanding our palates and horizons in equal measure.”


Anthony Bourdain dies by suicide at a hotel in Kaysersberg-Vignoble, France, at the age of 61. A chef who became famous through his writing on the culinary “underworld,” Bourdain also hosted the popular travel show Parts Unknown. All the while, he struggled with mental health issues that ultimately led to his tragic end.