A closer look at key historic events that took place on June 9:

In 1983, Margaret Thatcher is reelected

Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative Party won a decisive victory in the general election held on June 9, 1983, securing 397 seats in the House of Commons. This election was marked by the Falklands War’s recent success and a divided opposition, which helped solidify Thatcher’s position and mandate for her policies.

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In 1942, the Lidice Massacre takes place

Nazi forces destroyed the village of Lidice in Czechoslovakia in retaliation for the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, a high-ranking German official. The men of the village were executed the day later, women and children were deported to concentration camps, and the village was razed to the ground. This atrocity was intended as a grim warning to resistors of Nazi occupation.

The Memorial to the Children Victims of the War, Lidice is a bronze sculpture by Marie Uchytilova in Lidice, Czech Republic.

In 1934, Donald Duck makes his film debut

Donald Duck made his film debut in “The Wise Little Hen,” a Disney animated short film. This marked the beginning of Donald Duck’s iconic career in entertainment, leading to his widespread popularity as one of Disney’s most beloved and enduring characters.

In 1815, the Final Act of the Congress of Vienna is signed

In 1815, the Final Act of the Congress of Vienna was signed, marking the conclusion of the diplomatic gathering that aimed to redraw the political map of Europe after the Napoleonic Wars. This treaty established a new balance of power among European nations and set the stage for a century of relative stability known as the Concert of Europe.

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