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Events and People Who Made History on April 8

12th Century

1195 - Alexius III Angelus drives out brother Isaak II as Byzantine emperor

14th Century

1341 - Francesco Petrarca crowned in Rome
1378 - Bartolomeo Prignano elected as Pope Urban VI

15th Century

1455 - Alfonso de Borgia elected as Pope Callistus III

16th Century

1500 - Battle at Novara: King Louis XII beats duke Ludovico Sforza
1513 - Explorer Juan Ponce de Leon claimed Florida for Spain

18th Century

1716 - Duke Karel Leopold of Mecklenburg-Schwerin signs covenant with Russia and marries Czar Peter the Great's niece
1730 - 1st Jewish congregation in U.S. forms synagogue, "Shearith Israel, New York City"
1759 - British troops chase French out of Masulipatam India
1766 - 1st fire escape patented, wicker basket on a pulley and chain
1781 - Premiere of Mozart's violin sonata K379
1783 - Catharina II of Russia annexes the Krim
1789 - House of Representives 1st meeting

19th Century

1801 - Soldiers riot in Bucharest, kill 128 Jews
1802 - French Protestant church becomes state-supported and -controlled
1832 - Charles Darwin begins trip through Rio de Janeiro
1838 - Steamship "Great Western" maiden voyage (Bristol England to New York City)
1848 - 1st battle at Gioto: Sardinia-Piemonte beats Austrians
1848 - Battle at Xaquixaguana, Peru: Pedro de la Gasca beats Gonzalo Pizarro
1861 - U.S. Mint at Dahlonega, Georgia seized by Confederacy
1862 - John D. Lynde patents aerosol dispenser
1864 - Battle of Mansfield, Louisiana Federals routed by General Richard Taylor
1869 - American Museum of Natural History opens (New York City)
1876 - Amiliare Ponchielli's opera "La Gioconda," premieres in Milan
1879 - Khedive Ismael of Egypt fires French/British ministers
1879 - Milk was sold in glass bottles for 1st time
1893 - The Critic reports that ice cream soda is our national drink
1898 - Battle of Atbara River, Anglo-Egyptian forces crush 6,000 Sudanese

20th Century

1904 - Great Britain and France sign Cordial Entente concerning colonial matter
1908 - Lord Asquith succeeds Henry Campbell-Bannerman as British premier
1912 - Steamers collide in Nile, drowning 200
1913 - 17th amendment, requiring direct election of senators, ratified
1913 - Opening of China's 1st parliament takes place in Peking (now Beijing)
1914 - U.S. and Colombia sign a treaty concerning Panama Canal Zone
1916 - Norway approves active and passive female suffrage
1920 - LONGA soccer team forms in Tilburg
1931 - Dmitri Sjostakovitch' ballet "The Arrow," premieres
1931 - "White Horse Inn" opens in London
1933 - Manchester Guardian warns of unknown nazi terror
1935 - 2nd Golf Masters Championship: Gene Sarazen wins, shooting a 282
1935 - Bartoks 5th String quartet premieres in Washington D.C.
1935 - Works Progress Administration, WPA, approved by Congress
1939 - ACV soccer team forms in Axes
1939 - King Zog I of Albania, flees
1940 - Germany battle cruisers sink British aircraft carrier Glorious
1941 - Joe Louis TKOs Tony Musto in 9 for heavyweight boxing title
1942 - A Schoenberg and Tudor's ballet "Pillar of Fire," premieres in New York City
1943 - Hakuun Yasutani Roshi, founder of Sanbo Kyodan, receives dharma
1943 - Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya convicted of involvement with Mau Mau
1943 - Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings sweep Boston Bruins in 4 games
1945 - Nazi occupiers executed, Nazi general Christiansen flees Netherlands
1946 - League of Nations assembles for last time
1947 - Largest recorded sunspot (7,000) observed
1948 - Soen Nakagawa and Nyogen Senzaki (Zen teachers) meet in SF
1950 - "Miss Liberty" closes at Imperial Theater New York City after 308 performances
1952 - President Truman seizes steel mills to avert a strike
1954 - "By the Beautiful Sea" opens at Majestic Theater New York City for 270 performances
1956 - 20th Golf Masters Championship: Jack Burke, Jr. wins, shooting a 289
1956 - 6 marine recruits drown during exercise at Paradise Is SC
1956 - M Bandaranaike's People's front wins election in Ceylon
1960 - Netherlands and Germany sign accord concerning war casualties
1961 - British liner "Dara" explodes in Persian Gulf, kills 236
1961 - "Show Girl" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater New York City after 100 performances
1962 - Accords of Evian (Algeria) accepted by referendum in France
1963 - 35th Academy Awards - "Lawrence of Arabia," A Bancroft and G Peck win
1963 - Tigers claim young pitcher Denny McLain from the White Sox for $25,000
1964 - Unmanned Gemini 1 launched
1966 - AFL chooses 36 year old Al Davis as commissioner
1966 - Leonid Brezhnev elected Secretary-General of Communist Party
1966 - OAO 1, 1st orbiting astronomical observatory, launched
1968 - 40th Academy Awards postponed to Apr 10th due to death of Martin Luther King, Jr.
1968 - Baseball's Opening Day is postponed because of Martin Luther King assassination
1968 - Czechoslovakia Cernik government forms
1968 - New socialist constitution of East Germany takes effect
1968 - WKPI TV channel 22 in Pikeville, Kentucky (PBS) begins broadcasting
1969 - 1st Baseball game in Canada - Mont Expos beats New York Mets 10-9
1969 - Expansion teams Royals, Expos, Padres and Pilots win their 1st games
1970 - "Cry for Us All" opens at Broadhurst Theater New York City for 8 performances
1970 - Senate rejects Nixon's nomination of Carswell to Supreme Court
1971 - 1st legal off-track betting system begins (OTB-New York)
1972 - Alvin Kallicharran scores 100* in his 1st Test Cricket innings vs. New Zealand
1974 - Discovery Island opens
1974 - Hammerin' Hank Aaron hits 715th home run, breaks Babe Ruth's record
1975 - 47th Academy Awards - "Godfather II," Ellen Burstyn and Art Carney win
1975 - Frank Robinson debuts as 1st black baseball manager (Cleveland, beats New York 5-3)
1977 - Israel premier Rabin resigns
1979 - 204th and final episode of "All in the Family"
1979 - 8th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Sandra Post
1979 - "Carmelina" opens at St. James Theater New York City for 17 performances
1979 - People's Republic of China joins IOC
1980 - Islander Potvin's 2 shorthanded goals tie NHL record vs Kings and set NHL rec of 2 shorthanded playoff goals in 1 period
1981 - Islanders scored 9 goals against Toronto in playoffs
1982 - Penguins 2-Isles 4-Preliminary-Isles hold 2-0 lead
1982 - Tracy Caulkins, 19, wins her 36th U.S. swimming title
1984 - 13th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Juli Inkster
1984 - 4th Golden Raspberry Awards: Lonely Lady wins
1985 - Amdahl releases UTS/V, 1st mainframe Unix
1985 - India files suit against Union Carbide over Bhopal disaster
1985 - "Leader of the Pack" opens at Ambassador Theater New York City for 120 performances
1986 - Clint Eastwood elected mayor of Carmel, California
1989 - 1-handed pitcher Jim Abbott debut but lasts only 4 2/3 inn
1989 - Entertainment Tonight's Mary Hart marries producer Burt Sugarman
1990 - 54th Golf Masters Championship: Nick Faldo wins, shooting a 278
1990 - "Aspects of Love" opens at Broadhurst Theater New York City for 377 performances
1990 - King Birendra of Nepal lifts 30-year ban on political parties
1990 - Kris Monaghan wins LPGA Red Robin Kyocera Inamori Golf Classic
1990 - Norwegian Scandinavian Star catches fire; about 170 die
1990 - "Twin Peaks" with Peggy Lipton premieres on ABC-TV
1991 - "I Hate Hamlet" opens at Walter Kerr Theater New York City for 88 performances
1991 - Jockey, Bill Shoemaker, paralyzed in a car accident
1991 - Major league umpires and baseball reach a 4-year agreement
1991 - Michael Landon announces he has inoperable cancer of pancreas
1991 - Oakland A's stadium becomes 1st outdoor arena to ban smoking
1992 - "5 Guys Named Moe" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater New York City for 445 performances
1992 - After 151 years Britain's "Punch Magazine" final issue
1993 - Indians' Carlos Baerga is 1st to switch hit home runs in same inn (vs Yankees)
1993 - STS-56, Discovery, launches into orbit
1994 - Atlanta Brave Kent Mercker no-hits Dodgers, 6-0
1994 - Darryl Strawberry enters Betty Ford clinic
1994 - Japans premier Morihiro Hosokawa resigns
1994 - Smoking banned in Pentagon and all U.S. military bases
1995 - BPAA U.S. Open won by Dave Husted
1995 - Oliver McCall beats Larry Holmes in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
1996 - Bruce Seldon TKOs Tony Tucker in 7 to win vacated WBA boxing title
1997 - Microsoft Corp releases Internet Explorer 4.0
1997 - STS-83, Columbia 22, lands

21st Century

2001 - 65th Golf Masters Championship:


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