On This Day for 8th April (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 177 of 177

  • 1969 Expansion teams Royals, Expos, Padres & Pilots win their 1st games
  • 1970 "Cry for Us All" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC 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 v NZ
  • 1972 126th Grand National: Graham Thorner aboard Well To Do wins
  • 1973 Thirty-two terrorist bombings in Cyprus take place.
  • 1974 Discovery Island opens

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1974 Hammerin' Hank Aaron hits 715th HR, breaking Babe Ruth's record in Atlanta

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

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1975 47th Academy Awards - "The Godfather Part II", Ellen Burstyn & Art Carney win

  • 1975 Frank Robinson debuts as 1st black baseball mgr (Cleve, beats NY 5-3)
  • 1976 1976 NFL Draft: Lee Roy Selmon from University of Oklahoma first pick by Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • 1977 Israeli premier Rabin resigns
  • 1979 "Carmelina" opens at St James Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • 1979 204th & final episode of "All in the Family"
  • 1979 8th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Sandra Post
  • 1979 People's Republic of China joins IOC
  • 1980 Islander Potvin's 2 shorthanded goals tie NHL record vs Kings & 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 US swimming title

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1983 In front of a live audience of 20 tourists, David Copperfield makes the Statue of Liberty disappear

  • 1984 13th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Juli Inkster
  • 1984 4th Golden Raspberry Awards: Lonely Lady wins
  • 1985 "Leader of the Pack" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 120 performances
  • 1985 Amdahl releases UTS/V, 1st mainframe Unix
  • 1985 India files suit against Union Carbide over Bhopal disaster

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1986 Clint Eastwood elected mayor of Carmel California, Make his day

Actor and Director Clint Eastwood
Actor and Director
Clint Eastwood
  • 1989 1-handed pitcher Jim Abbott debut but lasts only 4 2/3 inn
  • 1989 143rd Grand National: Jimmy Frost aboard Little Polveir wins
  • 1990 "Aspects of Love" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 377 performances
  • 1990 "Twin Peaks" created by David Lynch and starring Kyle MacLachlan premieres on ABC-TV

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1990 54th Masters Golf Tournament: Nick Faldo wins, shooting a 278

Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo
  • 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 ferry Scandinavian Star catches fire; 159 people die
  • 1990 New Democracy wins the national election in Greece.
  • 1991 "I Hate Hamlet" opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC for 88 performances
  • 1991 Jockey, Bill Shoemaker, paralyzed in a car accident
  • 1991 Major league umpires & baseball reach a 4-year agreement
  • 1991 Michael Landon announces he has inoperable cancer of the pancreas
  • 1991 Oakland A's stadium becomes 1st outdoor arena in USA to ban smoking
  • 1992 "5 Guys Named Moe" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 445 performances
  • 1992 After 151 years Britain's "Punch Magazine" final issue
  • 1993 Indians' Carlos Baerga is 1st to switch hit HRs in same inn (vs Yanks)
  • 1993 STS-56 (Discovery) launches into orbit
  • 1994 Atlanta Brave Kent Mercker no-hits Dodgers, 6-0

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1994 Darryl Strawberry enters Betty Ford clinic

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry
  • 1994 Japans premier Morihiro Hosokawa resigns
  • 1994 Smoking banned in Pentagon & all US military bases
  • 1995 BPAA US Open won by Dave Husted

Sport-defeatBoxing Title Fight

1995 Oliver McCall beats Larry Holmes in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • 1995 148th Grand National: Jason Titley aboard Royal Athlete wins
  • 1996 Bruce Seldon TKOs Tony Tucker in 7 to win vacated WBA boxing title
  • 1997 Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 4 Beta
  • 1997 STS 83 (Columbia 22) lands
  • 1999 Haryana Gana Parishad, a political party in the Indian state of Haryana, merges with the Indian National Congress.
  • 2000 Nineteen US Marines are killed when a V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft crashes near Marana, Arizona.
  • 2000 153rd Grand National: Ruby Walsh aboard Papillon wins

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2001 65th Masters Golf Tournament: Tiger Woods wins, shooting a 272

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • 2003 22nd NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Tennessee 73-68
  • 2004 Darfur conflict: The Humanitarian Ceasefire Agreement is signed by the Sudanese government and two rebel groups.

Person-of-interest9/11 Attack on New York's World Trade Towers

2004 U.S. National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice testifies before the 9/11 Commission.

  • 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.
  • 2006 159th Grand National: Niall Madden aboard Numbersixvalverde wins
  • 2007 71st Masters Golf Tournament: Zach Johnson wins, shooting a 289
  • 2008 The construction of the world's first building to integrate wind turbines completes, in Bahrain.
  • 2008 27th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Stanford 64-48

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2012 Günter Grass labelled persona non gratta by Israeli internal affairs minister Eli Yishai

Writer and playwright Günter Grass
Writer and playwright
Günter Grass

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2012 Pope Benedict XVI calls for an end to Syrian blood shed in papal Easter message

265th Pope  Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • 2012 76th Masters Golf Tournament: Bubba Watson wins, shooting a 278
  • 2013 15 people are killed and 53 are wounded by a car bombing in Damascus
  • 2013 163 people are killed and 50,000 are displaced after tribal violence erupts in Darfur, Sudan
  • 2013 Filip Vujanović’s election as President of Montenegro is confirmed by the electoral commission
  • 2013 75th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Louisville beats Michigan 82-76

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2014 Mike Babcock wins his 414th career game as head coach of the Detroit Red Wings, becoming the winningest coach in Red Wings history (passing Jack Adams)

NHL Coach Mike Babcock
NHL Coach
Mike Babcock
  • 2014 33rd NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Notre Dame 79-58

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 240

  • 1925 Shecky Greene, comedian/actor (Love Machine, Combat), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1926 Henry N. Cobb, American architect
  • 1926 Jürgen Moltmann, German theologian
  • 1928 Eric Porter, actor (Antony & Cleopatra, 39 Steps), born in London, England
  • 1928 John Gavin, actor (Back Street, Psycho, Murder for Sale), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1928 Mary Zeldenrust-Noordanus, CEO (NVSH)
  • 1928 Monty Sunshine, jazz bandleader (Gotta Travel On)
  • 1928 Leah Rabin, wife of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin (d. 2000)
  • 1928 Fred Ebb, American composer, born in Manhattan, NYC (d. 2004)
  • 1929 Jacques Brel, Belgium, singer/actor (Pain in the A__)
  • 1929 Renzo de Felice, historian
  • 1929 WIlliam K Everson, film historian
  • 1929 Walter Berry, Austria singer/ex husband of Christa Ludwig
  • 1930 Dorothy Tutin, actress (Importance of Being Ernest, Cromwell), born in London, England
  • 1930 John Bartholomew Tucker, Pa, TV host (Candid Camera, Treasure Island)
  • 1930 John Reardon, baritone (Falke-Die Fledermaus), born in NYC, New York
  • 1930 Julien Van Remoortere, [Piet Mortelman], Flemish writer (Fist)
  • 1930 Mary Moore, principal (St Hilda's College, Oxford)
  • 1930 Carlos Hugo of Bourbon-Parma, Duke of Parma
  • 1932 John Gavin, actor (Felony, Jennifer, House of Shadows), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1933 Jaroslav Smolka, composer
  • 1934 Kisho Kurokawa, Japanese architect (d. 2007)
  • 1935 Albert G Bustamante, (Rep-D-TX, 1985- )
  • 1935 Donald Thompsett, cricket umpire
  • 1935 Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, epidemiologist (Living legacy award-1984)
  • 1936 Klaus Lowitsch, actor (Despair, Marriage of Marla Braun), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1937 Ronald Anthony "Tony" Clegg, property trader
  • 1937 Seymour Hersh, award winning investigative reporter (NY Times)
  • 1938 Barton Keith McLean, composer
  • 1938 Lory Patrick, Beckley WV, actress (Trina-Tales of Welles Fargo)
  • 1938 Mohammad Farooq, cricketer (Pakistani pace bowler in 7 Tests 1960-65)
  • 1940 John Havlicek, Martin's Ferry Ohio, NBA hall-of-famer (Boston Celtics)
  • 1941 Peggy Lennon, singer (Lennon Sisters), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1941 Dame Vivienne Westwood, Tintwistle England, English fashion designer
  • 1942 Douglas Trumbull, director (Silent Running, Brainstorm)
  • 1942 Eduard Visser, Dutch writer (Fyffes are now called Chiquita)
  • 1942 Roger Chapman, Leicester, rock vocalist (Family-Family Entertainment)
  • 1943 Carol Lavell, Fairfax Vt, equestrian dressage (Oly-bronze-92, 96)
  • 1943 J P Kavanaugh, racehorse trainer
  • 1943 Michael Bennett, aids victim/choreographer (Chorus Line)
  • 1943 Robby Weaver, actor (Stone)
  • 1943 Tony Banks, English politician (Lab)
  • 1943 William Garth Morrison, Chief scout
  • 1943 James Herbert, horror writer (The Rats), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • 1944 Anthony Farrar Hockley, military historian
  • 1944 Christoph Hein, writer
  • 1944 Hywel Bennett, South Wales, actor (Family Way, Shelley)
  • 1944 Santiago Jimenez Jr, US accordionist (El Mero Mero, Viva Seguin)
  • 1944 Odd Nerdrum, Norwegian painter
  • 1945 Ian White, MEP
  • 1945 Derrick Walker, British racing team owner
  • 1946 Jim "Catfish" Hunter, major-league pitcher (A's, Yankees)
  • 1946 Stuart Pankin, Phila, comedian (Striptease, Congo, Earl-Dinosaurs)
  • 1946 Tim Thomerson, American actor
  • 1947 Cindy Pickett, Norman Oklahoma, actress (Guiding Light, St Elsewhere)
  • 1947 Hsiao-hsien Hou, dir (Cheerful Wind, City of Sadness, Puppetmaster)
  • 1947 Steve Howe, rock guitarist (Asia, Yes-Roundabout), born in London, England
  • 1947 Tom DeLay, Laredo, Texas, American politician (Rep-R-Texas, 1985-2006)
  • 1947 Robert Kiyosaki, American investor
  • 1948 Gerald McRaney, Collins Miss, actor (Rick-Simon & Simon, Major Dad)

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1948 Robert Alan Litchfield, Mass, bank robber (FBI most wanted in the 1980s)

  • 1948 Michael Leshner, Canadian lawyer and gay rights advocate
  • 1949 Jim Lampley, Hendersonville NC, newscaster (Monday Night Baseball)
  • 1950 Grzegorz Lato, Polish footballer
  • 1952 Adam Woods, rock drummer/pianist (Fixx)
  • 1954 Gary Carter, catcher (Mont Expos, NY Mets)
  • 1954 John Schneider, Mt Kisco NY, actor (Bo-Dukes of Hazzard)
  • 1954 G.V. Loganathan, American professor (d. 2007)
  • 1955 John Campbell, harness racer (3-time winner of Hambletonian)
  • 1955 Kane Hodder, American actor and stuntman
  • 1955 Barbara Kingsolver, American novelist
  • 1955 David Wu, Taiwanese-born American politician
  • 1956 Christine Boisson, French actress
  • 1956 Jim Piddock, English actor, writer and producer
  • 1957 Fred Smerlas, American football player
  • 1959 Franklyn Stephenson, cricketer (great all-rounder)
  • 1959 Martin Weston, cricketer
  • 1960 John Schneider, American actor
  • 1961 Richard Hatch, American reality television personality
  • 1962 Izzy Stradlin, [Jeff Isabelle], Lafayette IN, guitarist (Guns & Roses)
  • 1963 Alec Stewart, cricketer (son of Micky/opening bat Occasional WK)
  • 1963 Erica Terwillegar, Nelsonville NJ, lugist
  • 1963 Julian Lennon, singer (Too Late for Goodbyes) and son of John, born in Liverpool, England
  • 1963 Terry Porter, NBA guard (Minnesota Timberwolves)
  • 1963 Seth Tobias, American financial commentator (d. 2007)
  • 1964 Biz Markie, rocker (Meteor Man, Townsend Television)
  • 1964 Valinda Hilleary, Littleton Co, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-9th-1993)
  • 1964 Lisa Guerrero, American sports broadcaster
  • 1964 John McGinlay, Scottish footballer

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1966 Robin Wright Penn, actress (Santa Barbara, Princess Bride), born in Dallas, Texas

  • 1966 Mazinho, Brazilian footballer
  • 1966 Bobby Ologun, Nigerian television personality
  • 1967 Kenneth Charlie Griffith Benjamin, cricketer (WI like his namesake)
  • 1967 Arwyn Davies, Welsh actor
  • 1968 Don Davey, NFL defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1968 Patricia Arquette, actress (Ed Wood, Nightmare on Elm Street 3), born in NYC, New York
  • 1968 Patricia Girard-Léno, French athlete (100 m hurdles)
  • 1969 Steve Jackson, NFL cornerback (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
  • 1970 Derek D Brown, team handball right wing (Olympics-1996), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1970 Gerald Vaughn, CFL defensive back (Hamilton Tiger Cats)

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Famous Deaths

Deaths 101 - 111 of 111

  • 2008 Timothy Beaumont, Baron Beaumont of Whitley (b. 1928)
  • 2008 John Button, Australian politician (b. 1933)
  • 2008 Stanley Kamel, American actor (b. 1943)
  • 2010 Malcolm McLaren, British music manager and musician (b. 1946)
  • 2010 Teddy Scholten, Dutch singer (b. 1926)
  • 2010 Jack Agnew, American World War II veteran (b. 1922)
  • 2011 Hedda Sterne, Romanian born American artist dies aged 100
  • 2012 Jack Tramiel, Polish-American businessman, dies at 83

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2013 Margaret Thatcher, British Prime Minister (1979 - 1990) dies aged 87

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
  • 2014 The Ultimate Warrior, American Hall of Fame professional wrestler, dies from a heart attack at 54
  • 2015 Sherwin Badger, American Figure Skating Champion (1920-24), dies at 70