We are the 159th day of the year, the day of "Corpus Christi", today "Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ", which has existed since the thirteenth century. It was born in connection with the theological deepening of the presence of Christ in the Eucharist.
Patron saint of brewers, Saint-Médard was born in Salency (Aisne) and died in Noyon (Oise) of which he was bishop around 560. He invented the "Fête de la Rosière" distinguishing the prettiest and most virtuous girl in the city.
The sun rises as the day before at 5:50 am and sets a minute later at 21:50 pm. On the weather side, the heat is widespread in France.
Some 8 June
1810: birth of the German composer Robert Schumann (died July 29, 1856)
1876: death of writer George Sand
1903: birth of the writer Marguerite Yourcenar (died December 17, 1987)
1945: death in deportation of the poet Robert Desnos
1949: George Orwell published in Britain in 1984
1963: death of Gaston Ramon, father of diphtheria and tetanus vaccines
1989: the American Robert Ballard, discovers off Brest the wreck of the German battleship "Bismarck", sunk by the Royal Navy on May 27, 1941
1990: First free parliamentary elections in Czechoslovakia since 1945
1993: assassination of René Bousquet, former Secretary General of Police under the Vichy regime, suspected of crimes against humanity
2004: The heart of Louis XVII, identified through DNA analysis, is deposited in the royal crypt of the Basilica of Saint-Denis.
2015: death of Marie-Louise Carven, founder of the haute couture house Carven
Tim Berners-Lee, British physicist and one of the pioneers of the web, born in 1955
Scott Adams (born 1957), American cartoonist
The saying of the day
«When it rains on Saint-Médard, it rains forty days later. But comes the good St. Barnabas (June 11) who can still mend everything.»