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Prodemocracy protest in Tiananmen Square crushed by Chinese military: 3 June 1989 – This Day in History

On this day in 1989, the Chinese government called in the military to put down a prodemocracy demonstration staged by more than 100,000 people in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, resulting in hundreds of deaths.

More Events on this day:

1932: American baseball great Lou Gehrig hit four consecutive home runs in one game.

1926: American poet Allen Ginsberg, a central figure in the Beat movement, was born in Newark, New Jersey.

1904: American physician and surgeon Charles Richard Drew, a pioneer in the preservation of blood plasma and a lifelong critic of official decisions to separate the blood of whites and blacks in blood banks, was born in Washington, D.C.

1864: Considered one of the worst Northern defeats of the American Civil War, the second Battle of Cold Harbor (Virginia), which would result in the loss of about 7,000 Union soldiers under General Ulysses S. Grant, began.

1808: Jefferson Davis, who became the president of the Confederate States of America, was born in Christian county, Kentucky.

Source: Encyclopædia Britannica Online Daily