On This Day

April 2008 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 4 Raid on Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints owned YFZ Ranch in Texas; 401 children and 133 women taken into state custody
  • Apr 8 The construction of the world's first building to integrate wind turbines completes, in Bahrain.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 16 Start of Papal Journey of Pope Benedict XVI to the United States

265th Pope Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • Apr 21 The United States Air Force retires the F-117 Nighthawk.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 30 Two skeletal remains found near Ekaterinburg, Russia, were confirmed by Russian scientists to be the remains of Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia and one of his sisters

Tsarevich of Russia Alexei Nikolaevich
Tsarevich of Russia
Alexei Nikolaevich

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Apr 30 David Blaine sets a new Guinness World Record for holding his breath underwater for 17 minutes 4-1/2 seconds on "The Oprah Winfrey Show"

Magician and Illusionist David Blaine
Magician and Illusionist
David Blaine
Talk show host Oprah Winfrey
Talk show host
Oprah Winfrey

Birthdays in History

  • Apr 16 Princess Eléonore of Belgium, Belgian princess, born in Anderlecht, Belgium

Deaths in History

  • Apr 8 Timothy Beaumont, Baron Beaumont of Whitley (b. 1928)
  • Apr 8 John Button, Australian politician (Button car plan), dies at 74
  • Apr 11 Merlin German, United States Marine
  • Apr 12 Patrick 'Paddy' Hillery, 6th President of Ireland, EEC Commissioner and Irish Minister (b. 1923)
  • Apr 12 Jerry Zucker, Israeli-born American businessman (b. 1949)
  • Apr 13 John Archibald Wheeler, American physicist (first American involved in the theoretical development of the atomic bomb), dies at 96
  • Apr 15 Krister Stendahl, Swedish Lutheran theologian & bishop, dies at 86
  • Apr 16 Joseph Solman, American painter
  • Apr 16 Edward Norton Lorenz, American mathematician and meteorologist, dies at 90
  • Apr 17 Aimé Césaire, French Martinican poet and politician, dies at 94
  • Apr 19 Germaine Tillion, French anthropologist, member of French Resistance (b. 1907)
  • Apr 19 Alfonso López Trujillo, Colombian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, dies at 72
  • Apr 20 Monica Lovinescu, Romanian essayist, literary critic and journalist (b. 1923)
  • Apr 23 William H. Stewart, 10th US Surgeon General (1965-69), dies at 86
  • Apr 29 Albert Hofmann, Swiss chemist (first synthesised LSD), dies at 102
  • Apr 30 John Cargher, Australian radio broadcaster (b. 1919)