On This Day

On This Day in History for April 8 (Part 2)

Events in History

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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
  • 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
  • 2017 Fifth day of protests by thousands in Caracas, Venezuela against the government
  • 2018 Hungarian parliamentary election won by right-wing Fidesz–KDNP alliance with Viktor Orbán remaining Prime Minister
  • 2019 1 in 4 Japanese adults a virgin aged 18-39 according to new research by Tokyo University
  • 2019 600 million birds die each year in the US after striking tall buildings with Chicago the worst city, according to Cornell Lab of Ornithology
  • 2019 14 tons of black market Pangolin scales from 36,000 animals discovered in Singapore, one of largest ever found worldwide
  • 2019 Record 17ft (5.2M) invasive Burmese python pregnant with 73 eggs captured in Florida's Big Cypress National Preserve

SudanAnti Omar al-Bashir Protest

2019 Protests in Sudan against the government of Omar al-Bashir continue with seven killed and 2,500 arrested in Khartoum

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Alaa Salah during a protest against President Omar al-Bashir
Alaa Salah during a protest against President Omar al-Bashir
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2020 Bernie Sanders drops out of the Democratic race for US president

US Senator Bernie Sanders
US Senator
Bernie Sanders
  • 2020 Saudi-backed coalition fighting Houthi fighters in Yemen calls for a ceasefire after five years to stop the spread of COVID-19
  • 2020 World Trade organization predicts a drop in global trade greater than the 2008 financial crisis, between 13% and 32% for 2020

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2021 US President Joe Biden says "Gun violence in this country is an epidemic" as he unveils package of executive actions including restrictions on "ghost guns"

46th US President, Vice President and Senator Joe Biden
46th US President, Vice President and Senator
Joe Biden

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2021 Dr. Anthony Fauci thanks American health workers for their sacrifice during the pandemic, acknowledging their more than 3,600 deaths

Immunologist and Infectious Disease Expert Anthony Fauci
Immunologist and Infectious Disease Expert
Anthony Fauci
  • 2021 Seventh night of unrest in Belfast, Northern Ireland even after joint call for calm by UK PM and Irish Premier
  • 2021 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

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