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June 8, 1501 Spanish sailors are instructed in the Reales cedulas con Hojeda to sail north and claim all lands for the Spanish monarchy. This is also a response made to English claims for New World land.
June 8, 1748 William Few born, Baltimore, Maryland
  William Few
June 8, 1948 Martin Luther King graduates from Morehouse College with a degree in sociology
  Martin Luther King
June 8, 1956 The Great Locomotive Chase, starring Fess Parker, Jeff Hunter and Jeff York opens at Loew's Grand Theater in Atlanta. Much of the action was filmed on the Tallulah Falls Railroad in northeast Georgia.
June 8, 1966 The American Football League (AFL) and the National Football League (NFL) agree to a merger. Atlanta becomes part of the Western Division of the NFL
  Atlanta Falcons
June 8, 1968 James Earl Ray is apprehended at Heathrow Airport in London, England. He will be convicted of the assassination of Martin Luther King
  Martin Luther King
June 8, 2004 Start of G8 summit on Sea Island, Georgia includes leaders from The United States of America (George W Bush), French Republic (Jacques Chirac), Russian Federation (Vladimir Putin), United Kingdom (Tony Charles Lynton Blair), Republic of Italy (Silvio Berlusconi), Federal Republic of Germany (Gerhard Schröder), Japan (Junichiro Koizumi), and Canada (Paul Martin). Prime Minister of Ireland, His Excellency Bertie Ahern, T.D., attended the Sea Island Summit in his capacity as President of the Council of the European Union
  Glynn County, Georgia
June 8, 2011 U. S. Federal Appeals Court in Atlanta hears arguments regarding the Constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. U.S. Solicitor General Neal Katyal, arguing for the Obama Administration, defended the requirement that almost all Americans purchase health insurance by 2014. Under questioning from the judges Katyal admitted that "requiring a private citizen to purchase a product from a private company" had never been done before. Former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement, argued on behalf of 26 states, including Georgia.
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