We take a look at some of the events that occurred on April 8th.
Today In …
- The Venus de Milo was rediscovered on the island of Melos.
- To help raise money for the war effort, actors Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks took to the streets of New York to sell war bonds.
- The Suez Canal was reopened.
- Clint Eastwood was elected Mayor of Carmel, California.
- The funeral for Pope John Paul II was broadcast around the world.
Sharing A Birthday Today…
was born on this day in 563 BC.
star of TV’s “Medium” and the movie “Little Nicky” was born in 1968.
politician and former U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader was born in 1947.
former First Lady and wife of the 38th U.S. President Gerald R. Ford was born in 1918. The Betty Ford Clinic is named in her honor.
musician and son of Beatle John Lennon was born in 1963.
the man behind the camera of such notable films as “Shakespeare in Love”, “Mrs. Brown” and “Proof” was born in 1949.
rap artist best known for his song “Just A Friend” was born in 1964.
Robin Wright Penn
who starred in the films “Message in a Bottle”, “Forrest Gump” and “The Princess Bride” was born in 1966.
star of “Tess of Storm Country” and “Coquette” was born in 1892.
who play Starbuck on TV’s “Battlestar Galactica” was born in 1980.
actor/singer who has starred as Bo Duke on TV’s “The Dukes of Hazzard” and on “Smallville” was born in 1960. Some reports have the year as 1954.
former guitarist for the rock band Guns N’ Roses was born in 1962.
We Said Goodbye To…
famed singer and reformer passed away in 1993 at the age of 96.
star of “The Last Picture Show” passed away in 1996 at the age of 77.
the renowned artist passed away in 1973 at the age of 91.
the young AIDS activist passed away in 1990 at the age of 18.
Top Of The Charts On This Day In…
- “The Look” by Roxette
- On The Country Charts – “I’m No Stranger To The Rain” by Keith Whitley
- “Maria, Maria” by Santana w/Wyclef Jean
- “Bad Day” by Daniel Powter
- On The Country Charts – “What Hurts the Most” by Rascal Flatts
TV Moments In…
- The final episode of TV’s “All in the Family” aired.
- “Twin Peaks” starring Kyle MacLachlan and Lara Flynn Boyle debuted.
Memorable Sports Moments In…
- Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania was the location of the very first (recorded) college basketball game. Geneva College defeated New Brighton’s YMCA.
- In baseball, Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s record when he hit his 715th home run at Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.
- Tennis great Arthur Ashe announced that he had acquired HIV through a blood transfusion during surgery.
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