What Happened on April 8

Historical Events

  • 1767 Ayutthaya kingdom falls to Burmese invaders
  • 1886 William Ewart Gladstone introduces the first Irish Home Rule Bill into the British House of Commons.
  • 1898 Battle of Atbara River, Anglo-Egyptian forces crush 6,000 Sudanese
  • 1913 Opening of China's 1st parliament takes place in Peking (now Beijing)
  • 2004 Darfur conflict: The Humanitarian Ceasefire Agreement is signed by the Sudanese government and two rebel groups
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Apr 8 in Film & TV

  • 1990 "Twin Peaks" created by David Lynch and starring Kyle MacLachlan premieres on ABC-TV

Apr 8 in Music

  • 1876 Amiliare Ponchielli's opera "La Gioconda" premieres in Milan

Apr 8 in Sport

  • 1974 Hammerin' Hank Aaron hits 715th HR, off of L.A. Dodger Al Downing, breaking Babe Ruth's record in Atlanta

Did You Know?

Egyptian archaeologists announce their most important find since Tutankhamun's tomb - discovery of a lost 'golden city' the 3,000-years-old ancient city of Aten near Luxor

On April 8, 2021

Would You Believe?

1st fire escape patented, wicker basket on a pulley & chain

On April 8, 1766

Famous Weddings

  • 1716 Duke Karel Leopold of Mecklenburg-Schwerin signs covenant with Russia & marries Tsar Peter the Great's niece
  • 1779 US Defector General Benedict Arnold (38) weds Peggy Shippen (18) at Shippen's townhouse in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1907 American industrialist Henry J. Kaiser (24) weds Bess Fosburgh in Boston, Massachusetts

Famous Divorces

  • 1982 Actor Bryan Cranston (26) divorces writer Mickey Middleton after 4 years of marriage
  • 2005 Prince Joachim of Denmark (35) divorces Countess of Frederiksborg Alexandra (40) after 9 years of marriage

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