What happened on April 8? There are more than 286 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About April 8

April 8 In HistoryApril 8 is the 99th day of the year 2020. There are 267 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday. This day falls under the 15th week of the year 2020.

On this day in Los Angeles, California 90027 sunrise occured at 06:29 AM and sunset occured at 07:20 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Aries. The modern birthstone for this month is Diamond while the mystical birthstone is Opal.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 310 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For April 8

  • 217
    Roman Emperor Caracalla is assassinated (and succeeded) by his Praetorian Guard prefect, Marcus Opellius Macrinus.
  • 1093
    The new Winchester Cathedral is dedicated by Walkelin.
  • 1139
    Roger II of Sicily is excommunicated.
  • 1149
    Pope Eugene III takes refuge in the castle of Ptolemy II of Tusculum.
  • 1271
    In Syria, sultan Baybars conquers the Krak of Chevaliers.
  • 1730
    Shearith Israel, the first synagogue in New York City, is dedicated.
  • 1740
    War of Jenkin’s Ear: Three British ships capture the Spanish third-rate Princesa.
  • 1767
    Ayutthaya kingdom falls to Burmese invaders.
  • 1808
    The Roman Catholic Diocese of Baltimore is promoted to an archdiocese, with the founding of the dioceses of New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Bardstown (now Louisville) by Pope Pius VII.
  • 1820
    The Venus de Milo is discovered on the Aegean island of Melos.
  • 1832
    Black Hawk War: Around three-hundred United States 6th Infantry troops leave St. Louis, Missouri to fight the Sauk Native Americans.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: Battle of Mansfield – Union forces are thwarted by the Confederate army at Mansfield, Louisiana.
  • 1866
    Italy and Prussia ally against Austrian Empire.
  • 1886
    William Ewart Gladstone introduces the first Irish Home Rule Bill into the British House of Commons.
  • 1893
    The first recorded college basketball game occurs in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.
  • 1895
    In Pollock v. Farmers’ Loan & Trust Co. the Supreme Court of the United States declares unapportioned income tax to be unconstitutional.
  • 1904
    British mystic Aleister Crowley transcribes the first chapter of The Book of the Law.
  • 1904
    Longacre Square in Midtown Manhattan is renamed Times Square after The New York Times.
  • 1904
    The French Third Republic and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland sign the Entente cordiale.
  • 1906
    Auguste Deter, the first person to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, dies.
  • 1908
    Harvard University votes to establish the Harvard Business School.
  • 1911
    Dutch physicist Heike Kamerlingh Onnes discovers superconductivity.
  • 1913
    The 17th Amendment to the United States Constitution, requiring direct election of Senators, becomes law.
  • 1916
    In Corona, California, race car driver Bob Burman crashes, killing three, and badly injuring five, spectators.
  • 1918
    World War I: Actors Douglas Fairbanks and Charlie Chaplin sell war bonds on the streets of New York City’s financial district.
  • 1929
    Indian Independence Movement: At the Delhi Central Assembly, Bhagat Singh and Batukeshwar Dutt throw handouts and bombs to court arrest.
  • 1935
    The Works Progress Administration is formed when the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act of 1935 becomes law.
  • 1942
    World War II: Siege of Leningrad – Soviet forces open a much-needed railway link to Leningrad.
  • 1942
    World War II: The Japanese take Bataan in the Philippines.
  • 1943
    U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in an attempt to check inflation, freezes wages and prices, prohibits workers from changing jobs unless the war effort would be aided thereby, and bars rate increases by common carriers and public utilities.
  • 1945
    World War II: After an air raid accidentally destroys a train carrying about 4,000 Nazi concentration camp internees in Prussian Hanover, the survivors are massacred by Nazis.
  • 1946
    Électricité de France, the world’s largest utility company, is formed as a result of the nationalisation of a number of electricity producers, transporters and distributors.
  • 1946
    The last meeting of the League of Nations, the precursor of the United Nations, is held.
  • 1950
    India and Pakistan sign the Liaquat-Nehru Pact.
  • 1952
    U.S. President Harry Truman calls for the seizure of all domestic steel mills to prevent a nationwide strike.
  • 1953
    Mau Mau leader Jomo Kenyatta is convicted by Kenya’s British rulers.
  • 1954
    A Royal Canadian Air Force Canadair Harvard collided with a Trans-Canada Airlines Canadair North Star over Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, killing 37 people.
  • 1954
    South African Airways Flight 201 A de Havilland DH.106 Comet 1 crashes into the sea during night killing 21 people.
  • 1959
    A team of computer manufacturers, users, and university people led by Grace Hopper meets to discuss the creation of a new programming language that would be called COBOL.
  • 1959
    The Organization of American States drafts an agreement to create the Inter-American Development Bank.
  • 1960
    The Netherlands and West Germany sign an agreement to negotiate the return of German land annexed by the Dutch in return for 280 million German marks as Wiedergutmachung.
  • 1961
    A large explosion on board the MV Dara in the Persian Gulf kills 238.
  • 1968
    BOAC Flight 712 catches fire shortly after take off. As a result of her actions in the accident, Barbara Jane Harrison is awarded a posthumous George Cross, the only GC awarded to a woman in peacetime.
  • 1970
    Bahr el-Baqar incident: Israeli bombers strike an Egyptian school. 46 children are killed.
  • 1974
    at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, Hank Aaron hits his 715th career home run to surpass Babe Ruth’s 39-year-old record.
  • 1975
    Frank Robinson manages the Cleveland Indians in his first game as major league baseball’s first African American manager.
  • 1975
    President Richard Nixon signs into law federal legislation authorizing the establishment of Voyageurs National Park in northern Minnesota.
  • 1985
    Bhopal disaster: India files suit against Union Carbide for the disaster which killed an estimated 2,000 and injured another 200,000.
  • 1987
    Los Angeles Dodgers executive Al Campanis resigns amid controversy over racially charged remarks he had made while on Nightline.
  • 1992
    Retired tennis great Arthur Ashe announces that he has AIDS, acquired from blood transfusions during one of his two heart surgeries.
  • 1993
    The Republic of Macedonia joins the United Nations.
  • 1999
    Haryana Gana Parishad, a political party in the Indian state of Haryana, merges with the Indian National Congress.
  • 2004
    Darfur conflict: The Humanitarian Ceasefire Agreement is signed by the Sudanese government and two rebel groups.
  • 2005
    Over four million people attend the funeral of Pope John Paul II.
  • 2006
    Shedden massacre: The bodies of eight men, all shot to death, are found in a field in Ontario, Canada. The murders are soon linked to the Bandidos motorcycle gang.
  • 2008
    The construction of the world’s first building to integrate wind turbines is completed in Bahrain.

Who Were Born On April 8?

  • 1320
    King Peter I of Portugal (d. 1367)
  • 1336
    Tamerlane (Timur), Central Asian, Turkic conqueror (d. 1405)
  • 1533
    Claudio Merulo, Italian composer (d. 1604)
  • 1541
    Michele Mercati, Italian physician (d. 1593)
  • 1605
    King Philip IV of Spain, (d. 1665)
  • 1641
    Henry Sydney, 1st Earl of Romney, English statesman (d. 1704)
  • 1692
    Giuseppe Tartini, Italian composer (d. 1770)
  • 1732
    David Rittenhouse, American astronomer, inventor, and mathematician (d. 1796)
  • 1761
    Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, Founder of the Society of Mary (d. 1850)
  • 1818
    August Wilhelm von Hofmann, German chemist (d. 1892)
  • 1818
    King Christian IX of Denmark (d. 1906)
  • 1826
    Pancha Carrasco, Costa Rican war heroine (d. 1890)
  • 1827
    Ramón Emeterio Betances, Puerto Rican politician, medical doctor and diplomat (d. 1898)
  • 1842
    Elizabeth Bacon Custer, wife of George Armstrong Custer (d. 1933)
  • 1859
    Edmund Husserl, Austrian philosopher (d. 1938)
  • 1865
    Charles W. Woodworth, American entomologist (d. 1940)
  • 1869
    Harvey Cushing, American neurosurgeon (d. 1939)
  • 1871
    Clarence Hudson White American photographer (d. 1925)
  • 1874
    Stanisław Taczak, Polish general (d. 1960)
  • 1875
    King Albert I of Belgium (d. 1934)
  • 1883
    R. P. Keigwin, English academic (d. 1972)
  • 1885
    Dimitrios Levidis, Greek composer (d. 1951)
  • 1888
    Dennis Chavez, American politician (d. 1964)
  • 1889
    Sir Adrian Boult, British conductor (d. 1983)
  • 1892
    Mary Pickford, Canadian actress (d. 1979)
  • 1892
    Richard Neutra, American architect (d. 1970)
  • 1896
    Yip Harburg, American lyricist (d. 1981)
  • 1902
    Andrew Irvine, British mountaineer (d. 1924)
  • 1902
    Maria Maksakova, Sr., Soviet opera singer (d. 1974)
  • 1904
    Hirsch Jacobs, American thoroughbred horse trainer and owner (d. 1970)
  • 1904
    John Hicks, British economist, Bank of Sweden Prize winner (d. 1989)
  • 1905
    Erwin Keller, German field hockey player (d. 1971)
  • 1905
    Helen Joseph, South African anti-apartheid activist (d. 1992)
  • 1906
    Raoul Jobin, French Canadian tenor (d. 1974)
  • 1908
    Hugo Fregonese, Argentine film director (d. 1987)
  • 1909
    John Fante, American novelist (d. 1983)
  • 1910
    George Musso, American football player (d. 2000)
  • 1911
    Emil Cioran, Romanian philosopher and essayist (d. 1995)
  • 1911
    Melvin Calvin, American chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1997)
  • 1912
    Alois Brunner, Austrian Nazi
  • 1912
    Sonja Henie, Norwegian figure skater and actress (d. 1969)
  • 1914
    María Félix, Mexican actress (d. 2002)
  • 1918
    Betty Ford, Former First Lady of the United States(d. 2011)
  • 1918
    Glendon Swarthout, American author (d. 1992)
  • 1919
    Ian Smith, Former Prime Minister of Rhodesia (d. 2007)
  • 1920
    Carmen McRae, American jazz singer (d. 1994)
  • 1921
    Franco Corelli, Italian tenor (d. 2003)
  • 1921
    Jan Novák, Czech composer (d. 1984)
  • 1923
    Edward Mulhare, Irish actor (d. 1997)
  • 1923
    George Fisher, American cartoonist (d. 2003)
  • 1924
    Frédéric Back, German-born Canadian short film director and screenwriter
  • 1924
    Sir Anthony Farrar-Hockley, English soldier and historian (d. 2006)
  • 1926
    Henry N. Cobb, American architect
  • 1926
    Jürgen Moltmann, German theologian
  • 1926
    Shecky Greene, American comedian
  • 1926
    Shirley Mills, American actress (d. 2010)
  • 1927
    Tilly Armstrong (alias Tania Langley and Kate Alexander), British writer (d. 2010)
  • 1928
    Leah Rabin, widow of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin (d. 2000)
  • 1928
    Monty Sunshine, English jazz clarinetist
  • 1929
    Jacques Brel, Belgian singer/composer (d. 1978)
  • 1929
    Renzo De Felice, Italian historian (d. 1996)
  • 1929
    Walter Berry, Austrian bass-baritone (d. 2000)
  • 1930
    Carlos Hugo of Bourbon-Parma, Duke of Parma (d. 2010)
  • 1931
    John Gavin, American actor and politician
  • 1932
    Sultan Iskandar of Johor, also the 8th Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia (d. 2010)
  • 1933
    Fred Ebb, American composer (d. 2004)
  • 1934
    Kisho Kurokawa, Japanese architect (d. 2007)
  • 1935
    Albert Bustamante, American politician
  • 1935
    Oscar Zeta Acosta, American attorney, politician, and Chicano Movement activist (d. 1974?)
  • 1937
    Seymour Hersh, American journalist
  • 1938
    Kofi Annan, Ghanaian diplomat and former United Nations Secretary General
  • 1939
    Mary Leona Gage, American beauty pageant contestant and actress (d. 2010)
  • 1940
    John Havlicek, American basketball player
  • 1941
    Darlene Gillespie, Canadian-born American actress
  • 1941
    Peggy Lennon, American singer (The Lennon Sisters)
  • 1941
    Vivienne Westwood, English fashion designer
  • 1942
    Douglas Trumbull, American film director
  • 1942
    Roger Chapman, British rock singer (Family, Streetwalkers)
  • 1943
    Michael Bennett, American dancer/choreographer (d. 1987)
  • 1943
    Miller Farr, American football player
  • 1943
    Tony Banks, British politician (d. 2006)
  • 1944
    Hywel Bennett, Welsh actor
  • 1944
    Odd Nerdrum, Norwegian painter
  • 1945
    Derrick Walker, British racing team owner
  • 1946
    Catfish Hunter, American baseball player (d. 1999)
  • 1946
    Stuart Pankin, American actor
  • 1946
    Tim Thomerson, American actor
  • 1947
    Larry Norman, American singer/songwriter (d. 2008)
  • 1947
    Pascal Lamy, Director-General of WTO
  • 1947
    Robert Kiyosaki, American investor
  • 1947
    Steve Howe, English guitarist (Yes, Asia, GTR)
  • 1947
    Tom DeLay, American politician and convict
  • 1948
    Michael Leshner, Canadian lawyer and gay rights advocate
  • 1949
    Brenda Russell, American singer/songwriter
  • 1949
    John Madden, English film director
  • 1950
    Grzegorz Lato, Polish footballer
  • 1951
    Geir Haarde, former Icelandic prime minister
  • 1951
    Gerd Andres, German politician
  • 1954
    G.V. Loganathan, American professor (d. 2007)
  • 1954
    Gary Carter, American baseball player
  • 1955
    Barbara Kingsolver, American novelist
  • 1955
    David Wu, Taiwanese-born American politician
  • 1955
    Gerrie Coetzee, South African boxer
  • 1955
    Kane Hodder, American actor and stuntman
  • 1955
    Ricky Bell, American football player (d. 1984)
  • 1955
    Ron Johnson, American politician, junior senator of Wisconsin.
  • 1956
    Christine Boisson, French actress
  • 1956
    Jim Piddock, English actor, writer and producer
  • 1956
    Justin Sullivan, English musician (New Model Army)
  • 1957
    Fred Smerlas, American football player
  • 1958
    Detlef Bruckhoff, German footballer
  • 1960
    John Schneider, American actor
  • 1961
    Richard Hatch, American reality television personality
  • 1962
    Evan Davis, British journalist and television presenter
  • 1962
    Izzy Stradlin, American musician (Guns N' Roses)
  • 1962
    Paddy Lowe, British engineer
  • 1963
    Alec Stewart, English cricketer
  • 1963
    Julian Lennon, English musician and singer
  • 1963
    Seth Tobias, American financial commentator (d. 2007)
  • 1963
    Terry Porter, American basketball player and coach
  • 1964
    Biz Markie, American rapper/disc jockey
  • 1964
    John McGinlay, Scottish footballer
  • 1964
    Lisa Guerrero, American sports broadcaster
  • 1965
    Michael Jones, New Zealand rugby player and coach
  • 1966
    Bobby Ologun, Nigerian television personality
  • 1966
    Dalton Grant, British high jumper
  • 1966
    Evripidis Stylianidis, Greek politician
  • 1966
    Mark Blundell, British racing driver
  • 1966
    Mazinho, Brazilian footballer
  • 1966
    Robin Wright, American actress
  • 1967
    Arwyn Davies, Welsh actor
  • 1968
    Patricia Arquette, American actress
  • 1968
    Patricia Girard-Léno, French athlete
  • 1968
    Tracy Grammer, American folk singer
  • 1972
    Paul Gray, American bassist (Slipknot) (d. 2010)
  • 1973
    Alex S. Gonzalez, American baseball player
  • 1973
    Emma Caulfield, American actress
  • 1973
    Khaled Badra, Tunisian footballer
  • 1974
    Chino XL, American rapper
  • 1974
    Holger Hott Johansen, Norwegian orienteerist
  • 1974
    Nayden Todorov, Bulgarian conductor
  • 1974
    Nnedi Okorafor, Nigerian American writer
  • 1975
    Anouk, Dutch singer
  • 1975
    Francesco Flachi, Italian footballer
  • 1975
    Timo Pérez, Dominican baseball player
  • 1977
    Mark Spencer, American computer programmer
  • 1977
    Mehran Ghassemi, Iranian journalist (d. 2008)
  • 1978
    Ana de la Reguera, Mexican actress
  • 1978
    Bernt Haas, Swiss footballer
  • 1978
    Rachel Roberts, Canadian model and actress
  • 1979
    Alexi Laiho, Finnish guitarist and singer (Children of Bodom, Sinergy, Kylähullut)
  • 1979
    Jeremy Guthrie, American baseball player
  • 1980
    Katee Sackhoff, American actress
  • 1980
    Manuel Ortega, Austrian singer
  • 1981
    Brian Burres, American baseball player
  • 1981
    Frédérick Bousquet, French swimmer
  • 1981
    Lito Sheppard, American football cornerback
  • 1981
    Taylor Kitsch, Canadian actor and model
  • 1983
    Adrian Bellani, American actor
  • 1983
    Allu Arjun, Indian film actor
  • 1984
    Ezra Koenig, American singer (Vampire Weekend)
  • 1984
    Júlia Liptáková, Slovak model
  • 1984
    Kirsten Storms, American actress
  • 1984
    Taran Noah Smith, American actor
  • 1985
    Patrick Schliwa, German rugby player
  • 1986
    Erika Sawajiri, Japanese actress, model and singer
  • 1986
    Félix Hernández, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1986
    Igor Akinfeev, Russian footballer
  • 1987
    Royston Drenthe, Dutch footballer
  • 1988
    Kim Myung-Sung, South Korean baseball player
  • 1989
    Alex DeLeon, American singer (The Cab)
  • 1989
    Hitomi Takahashi, Japanese singer
  • 1992
    Shelby Young, American actress

Who Died On April 8?

  • 217
    Caracalla, Roman Emperor (b. 188)
  • 956
    Gilbert of Chalon, Duke of Burgundy
  • 1143
    John II Komnenos, Byzantine Emperor (b. 1087)
  • 1364
    King John II of France (b. 1319)
  • 1461
    Georg Purbach, German mathematician and astronomer (b. 1423)
  • 1586
    Martin Chemnitz, Lutheran reformer and theologian (b. 1522)
  • 1587
    John Foxe, English writer (b. 1516)
  • 1691
    Carlo Rainaldi, Italian architect (b. 1611)
  • 1697
    Niels Juel, Danish admiral (b. 1629)
  • 1704
    Henry Sydney, 1st Earl of Romney, English statesman (b. 1641)
  • 1704
    Hiob Ludolf, German orientalist (b. 1624)
  • 1725
    John Wise, English clergyman (b. 1652)
  • 1735
    Francis II Rákóczi, leader of the Hungarian uprising against the Habsburg (b. 1676)
  • 1848
    Gaetano Donizetti, Italian composer (b. 1797)
  • 1857
    Mangal Pandey, Indian soldier (b. 1827)
  • 1861
    Elisha Otis, American elevator builder (b. 1811)
  • 1870
    Charles de Bériot, Belgian composer (b. 1802)
  • 1906
    Auguste D, First recorded Alzheimer’s victim (b. 1850)
  • 1919
    Loránd Eötvös, Hungarian physicist (b. 1848)
  • 1920
    Charles Tomlinson Griffes, American composer (b. 1884)
  • 1931
    Erik Axel Karlfeldt, Swedish writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1864)
  • 1936
    Robert Bárány, Austrian physician, Nobel laureate (b. 1876)
  • 1942
    Kostas Skarvelis, Greek songwriter (b. 1880)
  • 1950
    Vaslav Nijinsky, Polish-born ballet dancer (b. 1890)
  • 1958
    Ethel Turner, Australian author (b. 1872)
  • 1965
    Lars Hanson, Swedish actor (b. 1886)
  • 1968
    Barbara Jane Harrison, Air stewardess (b.1945)
  • 1973
    Pablo Picasso, Spanish artist and sculptor (b. 1881)
  • 1974
    James Charles McGuigan, Catholic archbishop of Toronto (b. 1894)
  • 1978
    Ford Frick, American baseball commissioner (b. 1894)
  • 1981
    Omar Bradley, U.S. general (b. 1893)
  • 1984
    Pyotr Kapitsa, Russian physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1894)
  • 1985
    J. Fred Coots, American songwriter (b. 1897)
  • 1986
    Yukiko Okada, Japanese idol singer (b. 1967)
  • 1990
    Ryan White, American AIDS activist (b. 1971)
  • 1991
    Per Yngve “Dead” Ohlin, Swedish metal singer (Mayhem) (b. 1969)
  • 1992
    Daniel Bovet, Swiss-born pharmacologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1907)
  • 1993
    Marian Anderson, American contralto (b. 1897)
  • 1994
    François Rozet, French Canadian actor (b. 1899)
  • 1996
    Ben Johnson, American actor (b. 1918)
  • 1996
    George W. Jenkins, American businessman (b. 1907)
  • 1996
    León Klimovsky, Argentine film director (b. 1906)
  • 1997
    Laura Nyro, American singer and composer (b. 1947)
  • 2000
    Claire Trevor, American actress (b. 1910)
  • 2002
    María Félix, Mexican actress (b. 1914)
  • 2004
    Enda Colleran, Gaelic footballer (b. 1941)
  • 2005
    Eddie Miksis, American baseball player (b. 1926)
  • 2005
    Onna White, Canadian choreographer (b. 1924)
  • 2006
    Gerard Reve, Dutch writer (b. 1923)
  • 2007
    Sol LeWitt, American artist (b. 1928)
  • 2008
    John Button, Australian politician (b. 1933)
  • 2008
    Stanley Kamel, American actor (b. 1943)
  • 2008
    Timothy Beaumont, Baron Beaumont of Whitley (b. 1928)
  • 2009
    Piotr Morawski, Polish mountaineer (b. 1976)
  • 2010
    Jack Agnew, Irish-born American World War II veteran (b. 1922)
  • 2010
    Malcolm McLaren, British music manager (b. 1946)
  • 2010
    Teddy Scholten, Dutch singer (b. 1926)

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