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April 8 – Today In History

We take a look at some of the events that occurred on April 8th.

Today In …

1820 - The Venus de Milo was rediscovered on the island of Melos.

1918 - 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.

1957 - The Suez Canal was reopened.

1986 - Clint Eastwood was elected Mayor of Carmel, California.

2005 - The funeral for Pope John Paul II was broadcast around the world.

Sharing A Birthday Today…

Buddha was born on this day in 563 BC.

Patricia Arquette star of TV’s “Medium” and the movie “Little Nicky” was born in 1968.

Tom DeLay politician and former U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader was born in 1947.

Betty Ford 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.

Julian Lennon musician and son of Beatle John Lennon was born in 1963.

John Madden the man behind the camera of such notable films as “Shakespeare in Love”, “Mrs. Brown” and “Proof” was born in 1949.

Biz Markie 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.

Mary Pickford star of “Tess of Storm Country” and “Coquette” was born in 1892.

Katee Sackhoff who play Starbuck on TV’s “Battlestar Galactica” was born in 1980.

John Schneider 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.

Izzy Stradlin former guitarist for the rock band Guns N’ Roses was born in 1962.

We Said Goodbye To…

Marian Anderson famed singer and reformer passed away in 1993 at the age of 96.

Ben Johnson star of “The Last Picture Show” passed away in 1996 at the age of 77.

Pablo Picasso the renowned artist passed away in 1973 at the age of 91.

Ryan White the young AIDS activist passed away in 1990 at the age of 18.

Top Of The Charts On This Day In…

1989 - “The Look” by Roxette
1989 - On The Country Charts – “I’m No Stranger To The Rain” by Keith Whitley
2000 - “Maria, Maria” by Santana w/Wyclef Jean
2006 - “Bad Day” by Daniel Powter
2006 - On The Country Charts – “What Hurts the Most” by Rascal Flatts

TV Moments In…

1979 - The final episode of TV’s “All in the Family” aired.

1990 - “Twin Peaks” starring Kyle MacLachlan and Lara Flynn Boyle debuted.

Memorable Sports Moments In…

1893 - Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania was the location of the very first (recorded) college basketball game. Geneva College defeated New Brighton’s YMCA.

1974 - In baseball, Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s record when he hit his 715th home run at Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

1992 - Tennis great Arthur Ashe announced that he had acquired HIV through a blood transfusion during surgery.

Special Observances

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