- April 8 is the 94th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar.
- There are 267 days remaining until the end of the year (268 in leap years).
- The preceding day is April 7.
- Next day is April 9.
April 8th Deaths (Here)
April 8 Events:
217 – Roman Emperor Caracalla is assassinated & succeeded by Marcus Opellius Macrinus (Praetorian Guard prefect).
1093 – 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 – Sultan Baybars conquers the Krak of Chevaliers in Syria.
1513 – Juan Ponce de León, a Spanish explorer, declares Florida a territory of Spain.
1730 – Dedication of Shearith Israel, the first synagogue in New York City.
1767 – Ayutthaya kingdom falls to Burmese invaders.
1820 – The Venus de Milo is discovered on the Aegean island of Melos.
1832 – Black Hawk War - approx 300 United States 6th Infantry troops leave St. Louis, Missouri to fight the Sauk Native Americans.
1864 – Battle of Mansfield – Union forces are thwarted by the Confederate army at Mansfield, Louisiana (American Civil War).
1866 – Italy & Prussia ally against Austrian Empire.
1886 – William Ewart Gladstone introduces the first Irish Home Rule Bill into the British House of Commons.
1893 – First recorded college basketball game at Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.
1904 – Signing of Entente cordiale between the French Third Republic & the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Ireland.
1904 – Aleister Crowley, a British mystic, 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.
1906 – The first person to be diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, Auguste Deter, dies.
1908 – Harvard University votes to establish the Harvard Business School.
1913 – The 17th Amendment to the United States Constitution becomes law - this requires the direct election of Senators.
1918 – Actors Douglas Fairbanks & Charlie Chaplin sell war bonds on the streets of New York City's financial district (World War I).
1929 – At the Delhi Central Assembly, Bhagat Singh & Batukeshwar Dutt throw handouts & bombs to court arrest (Indian Independence Movement).
1940 – The United Kingdom & France announce the deployment of water mines in Norwegian territorial waters to prevent German supply ship use (World War II).
1942 – Siege of Leningrad – Soviet forces open a much-needed railway link to Leningrad (World War II).
1942 – The Japanese take Bataan in the Philippines (World War II).
1943 – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt brings in new rules to aid the war effort.
1946 – Last meeting of the League of Nations is held.
1950 – Liaquat-Nehru Pact is signed by India & Pakistan.
1952 – U.S. President Harry Truman calls for the seizure of all domestic steel mills to prevent a nationwide strike.
1953 – Jomo Kenyatta, the Mau Mau leader, is convicted by Kenya's British rulers.
1968 – BOAC Flight 712 catches fire shortly after take off.
1970 – Bahr el-Baqar incident - Israeli bombers strike an Egyptian school killing 46 children.
1985 – Bhopal disaster - India files suit against Union Carbide.
1992 – Retired tennis great Arthur Ashe announces that he has AIDS.
1993 – The Republic of Macedonia joins the United Nations.
1999 – The indian political party Haryana Gana Parishad, in the Indian state of Haryana, merges with the Indian National Congress.
2004 – Darfur conflict - Humanitarian Ceasefire Agreement is signed by the Sudanese government & 2 rebel groups.
2006 – Shedden massacre - Ontario, Canada is linked to the Bandidos motorcycle gang.
2008 – The construction of the world's first building to integrate wind turbines is completed in Bahrain.
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