Today in History, English
Today in History, English

40381April 8Event1964 – Gemini 1 (unmanned test flight) launched.
40382April 8Event1968 – BOAC Flight 712 catches fire shortly after take off. As a result of her actions in the accident, Barbara Jane Harrison is awarded a posthumous George Cross, the only GC awarded to a woman in peacetime.
40383April 8Event1970 – Bahr El-Baqar primary school bombing: Israeli bombers strike an Egyptian school. Forty-six children are killed.
40384April 8Event1974 – At Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium, Hank Aaron hits his 715th career home run to surpass Babe Ruth's 39-year-old record.
40385April 8Event1975 – Frank Robinson manages the Cleveland Indians in his first game as major league baseball's first African American manager.
40386April 8Event1987 – Los Angeles Dodgers executive Al Campanis resigns amid controversy over racially charged remarks he had made while on Nightline.
40387April 8Event1992 – Retired tennis great Arthur Ashe announces that he has AIDS, acquired from blood transfusions during one of his two heart surgeries.
40388April 8Event1993 – The Republic of Macedonia joins the United Nations.
40389April 8Event1999 – Haryana Gana Parishad, a political party in the Indian state of Haryana, merges with the Indian National Congress.
40390April 8Event2004 – War in Darfur: The Humanitarian Ceasefire Agreement is signed by the Sudanese government and two rebel groups.
40391April 8Event2005 – Over four million people attend the funeral of Pope John Paul II.
40392April 8Event2006 – 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 Club.
40393April 8Event2008 – The construction of the world's first building to integrate wind turbines is completed in Bahrain.
40394April 8Event2013 – The Islamic State of Iraq enters the Syrian Civil War and begins by declaring a merger with the Al-Nusra Front under the name Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham
40395April 8Birth1320 – Peter I of Portugal (d. 1367)
40396April 8Birth1533 – Claudio Merulo, Italian organist and composer (d. 1604)
40397April 8Birth1536 – Barbara of Hesse (d. 1597)
40398April 8Birth1541 – Michele Mercati, Italian physician and archaeologist (d. 1593)
40399April 8Birth1605 – Philip IV of Spain (d. 1665)
40400April 8Birth1641 – Henry Sydney, 1st Earl of Romney, English general and politician, Secretary of State for the Northern Department (d. 1704)
40401April 8Birth1692 – Giuseppe Tartini, Italian violinist and composer (d. 1770)
40402April 8Birth1726 – Lewis Morris, American judge and politician (d. 1798)
40403April 8Birth1732 – David Rittenhouse, American astronomer and mathematician (d. 1796)
40404April 8Birth1761 – William Joseph Chaminade, French priest, founded the Society of Mary (d. 1850)
40405April 8Birth1770 – John Thomas Campbell, Irish-Australian banker and politician (d. 1830)
40406April 8Birth1798 – Dionysios Solomos, Greek poet and author (d. 1857)
40407April 8Birth1818 – Christian IX of Denmark (d. 1906)
40408April 8Birth1818 – August Wilhelm von Hofmann, German chemist and academic (d. 1892)
40409April 8Birth1826 – Pancha Carrasco, Costa Rican soldier (d. 1890)
40410April 8Birth1827 – Ramón Emeterio Betances, Puerto Rican ophthalmologist, journalist, and politician (d. 1898)

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