On This Day

What Happened on April 8, 1974

Historical Events

  • Discovery Island opens at Walt Disney World, Florida

Sports History

Hammerin' Hank Aaron hits 715th HR, off of L.A. Dodger Al Downing, breaking Babe Ruth's record in Atlanta

Famous Birthdays

  • Chino XL [Derek Keith Barbosa], American rapper and actor, born in The Bronx, New York
  • Chris Kyle, American Navy SEAL sniper (160 kills), born in Odessa, Texas (d. 2013)
  • Holger Hott Johansen, Norwegian orienteerist
  • Nnedi Okorafor, Nigerian American writer (Binti books), born in Cincinnati, Ohio

Famous Deaths

  • James Charles McGuigan, Catholic cardinal archbishop of Toronto, dies at 79
1974 Highlights

About April 8, 1974

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 47 years and 8 months
Leap Year: No

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Aries