April 8 Events in History - April 8 Birthdays - April 8 Deaths
2015 The world's oldest living person, Gertrude Weaver of the U.S., dies at age 116, just five days after the death of the previous record holder, Misao Okawa of Japan, who died at age 117
2014 Microsoft ends support for its Windows XP operating system; the system was first released in 2001
2014 Eight-month-old Prince George begins his first overseas royal tour with his parents, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
2013 The release of 1.7 million U.S diplomatic and intelligence documents from 1973-1976 when Henry Kissinger was U.S. Secretary of State were released by Wikileaks; Julian Assange worked on the project inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London
2013 Britain's former Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, dies of a stroke at age 87 in London
2012 German poet, Gunter Grass, awarded the 1999 Nobel Prize in Literature, is declared a persona non grata by the Internal Affairs Minister of Israel, over his poem, 'What Must Be Said.'
2012 U.S. golfer Bubba Watson defeats Louis Oosthuizen at the 2012 Masters Tournament in a sudden-death playoff
2011 One hour before the deadline, the U.S. Congress reaches a deal on the 2011 U.S. federal budget, avoiding a government shutdown
2011 The U.S. Department of Justice admits and defends it has probed WikiLeaks-related Twitter accounts, dismissing privacy and freedom of speech concerns
2010 Over 100 people die in the Krygyzstani riots; opposition leader Roza Otunbayeva says she will lead a temporary government for six months
2001 65th Golf Masters Championship:
1997 Microsoft Corp releases Internet Explorer 4.0
1997 STS-83, Columbia 22, lands
1996 Bruce Seldon TKOs Tony Tucker in 7 to win vacated WBA boxing title
1995 BPAA U.S. Open won by Dave Husted
1995 Oliver McCall beats Larry Holmes in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
1994 Atlanta Brave Kent Mercker no-hits Dodgers, 6-0
1994 Darryl Strawberry enters Betty Ford clinic
1994 Japans premier Morihiro Hosokawa resigns
1994 Smoking banned in Pentagon and all U.S. military bases
1993 Indians' Carlos Baerga is 1st to switch hit home runs in same inn (vs Yankees)
1993 STS-56, Discovery, launches into orbit
1992 "5 Guys Named Moe" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater New York City for 445 performances
1992 After 151 years Britain's "Punch Magazine" final issue
1991 "I Hate Hamlet" opens at Walter Kerr Theater New York City for 88 performances
1991 Jockey, Bill Shoemaker, paralyzed in a car accident
1991 Major league umpires and baseball reach a 4-year agreement
1991 Michael Landon announces he has inoperable cancer of pancreas
1991 Oakland A's stadium becomes 1st outdoor arena to ban smoking
1990 "Aspects of Love" opens at Broadhurst Theater New York City for 377 performances
1990 "Twin Peaks" with Peggy Lipton premieres on ABC-TV
1990 54th Golf Masters Championship: Nick Faldo wins, shooting a 278
1990 King Birendra of Nepal lifts 30-year ban on political parties
1990 Kris Monaghan wins LPGA Red Robin Kyocera Inamori Golf Classic
1990 Norwegian Scandinavian Star catches fire; about 170 die
1989 1-handed pitcher Jim Abbott debut but lasts only 4 2/3 inn
1989 Entertainment Tonight's Mary Hart marries producer Burt Sugarman
1986 Clint Eastwood elected mayor of Carmel, California
1985 "Leader of the Pack" opens at Ambassador Theater New York City for 120 performances
1985 Amdahl releases UTS/V, 1st mainframe Unix
1985 India files suit against Union Carbide over Bhopal disaster
1984 13th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Juli Inkster
1984 4th Golden Raspberry Awards: Lonely Lady wins
1982 Penguins 2-Isles 4-Preliminary-Isles hold 2-0 lead
1982 Tracy Caulkins, 19, wins her 36th U.S. swimming title
1981 Islanders scored 9 goals against Toronto in playoffs
1980 Islander Potvin's 2 shorthanded goals tie NHL record vs Kings and set NHL rec of 2 shorthanded playoff goals in 1 period
1979 "Carmelina" opens at St. James Theater New York City for 17 performances
1979 204th and final episode of "All in the Family"
1979 8th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Sandra Post
1979 People's Republic of China joins IOC
1977 Israel premier Rabin resigns
1975 47th Academy Awards - "Godfather II," Ellen Burstyn and Art Carney win
1975 Frank Robinson debuts as 1st black baseball manager (Cleveland, beats New York 5-3)
1974 Discovery Island opens
1974 Hammerin' Hank Aaron hits 715th home run, breaks Babe Ruth's record
1972 Alvin Kallicharran scores 100* in his 1st Test Cricket innings vs. New Zealand
1971 1st legal off-track betting system begins (OTB-New York)
1970 "Cry for Us All" opens at Broadhurst Theater New York City for 8 performances
1970 Senate rejects Nixon's nomination of Carswell to Supreme Court
1969 1st Baseball game in Canada - Mont Expos beats New York Mets 10-9
1969 Expansion teams Royals, Expos, Padres and Pilots win their 1st games
1968 40th Academy Awards postponed to Apr 10th due to death of Martin Luther King, Jr.
1968 Baseball's Opening Day is postponed because of Martin Luther King assassination
1968 Czechoslovakia Cernik government forms
1968 New socialist constitution of East Germany takes effect
1968 WKPI TV channel 22 in Pikeville, Kentucky (PBS) begins broadcasting
1966 AFL chooses 36 year old Al Davis as commissioner
1966 Leonid Brezhnev elected Secretary-General of Communist Party
1966 OAO 1, 1st orbiting astronomical observatory, launched
1964 Unmanned Gemini 1 launched
1963 35th Academy Awards - "Lawrence of Arabia," A Bancroft and G Peck win
1963 Tigers claim young pitcher Denny McLain from the White Sox for $25,000
1962 Accords of Evian (Algeria) accepted by referendum in France
1961 "Show Girl" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater New York City after 100 performances
1961 British liner "Dara" explodes in Persian Gulf, kills 236
1960 Netherlands and Germany sign accord concerning war casualties
1956 20th Golf Masters Championship: Jack Burke, Jr. wins, shooting a 289
1956 6 marine recruits drown during exercise at Paradise Is SC
1956 M Bandaranaike's People's front wins election in Ceylon
1954 "By the Beautiful Sea" opens at Majestic Theater New York City for 270 performances
1952 President Truman seizes steel mills to avert a strike
1950 "Miss Liberty" closes at Imperial Theater New York City after 308 performances
1948 Soen Nakagawa and Nyogen Senzaki (Zen teachers) meet in SF
1947 Largest recorded sunspot (7,000) observed
1946 League of Nations assembles for last time
1945 Nazi occupiers executed, Nazi general Christiansen flees Netherlands
1943 Hakuun Yasutani Roshi, founder of Sanbo Kyodan, receives dharma
1943 Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya convicted of involvement with Mau Mau
1943 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings sweep Boston Bruins in 4 games
1942 A Schoenberg and Tudor's ballet "Pillar of Fire," premieres in New York City
1941 Joe Louis TKOs Tony Musto in 9 for heavyweight boxing title
1940 Germany battle cruisers sink British aircraft carrier Glorious
1939 ACV soccer team forms in Axes
1939 King Zog I of Albania, flees
1935 2nd Golf Masters Championship: Gene Sarazen wins, shooting a 282
1935 Bartoks 5th String quartet premieres in Washington D.C.
1935 Works Progress Administration, WPA, approved by Congress
1933 Manchester Guardian warns of unknown nazi terror
1931 "White Horse Inn" opens in London
1931 Dmitri Sjostakovitch' ballet "The Arrow," premieres
1920 LONGA soccer team forms in Tilburg
1916 Norway approves active and passive female suffrage
1914 U.S. and Colombia sign a treaty concerning Panama Canal Zone
1913 17th amendment, requiring direct election of senators, ratified
1913 Opening of China's 1st parliament takes place in Peking (now Beijing)
1912 Steamers collide in Nile, drowning 200
1908 Lord Asquith succeeds Henry Campbell-Bannerman as British premier
1904 Great Britain and France sign Cordial Entente concerning colonial matter
1898 Battle of Atbara River, Anglo-Egyptian forces crush 6,000 Sudanese
1893 The Critic reports that ice cream soda is our national drink
1879 Khedive Ismael of Egypt fires French/British ministers
1879 Milk was sold in glass bottles for 1st time
1876 Amiliare Ponchielli's opera "La Gioconda," premieres in Milan
1869 American Museum of Natural History opens (New York City)
1864 Battle of Mansfield, Louisiana Federals routed by General Richard Taylor
1862 John D. Lynde patents aerosol dispenser
1861 U.S. Mint at Dahlonega, Georgia seized by Confederacy
1848 1st battle at Gioto: Sardinia-Piemonte beats Austrians
1848 Battle at Xaquixaguana, Peru: Pedro de la Gasca beats Gonzalo Pizarro
1838 Steamship "Great Western" maiden voyage (Bristol England to New York City)
1832 Charles Darwin begins trip through Rio de Janeiro
1802 French Protestant church becomes state-supported and -controlled
1801 Soldiers riot in Bucharest, kill 128 Jews
1789 House of Representives 1st meeting
1783 Catharina II of Russia annexes the Krim
1781 Premiere of Mozart's violin sonata K379
1766 1st fire escape patented, wicker basket on a pulley and chain
1759 British troops chase French out of Masulipatam India
1730 1st Jewish congregation in U.S. forms synagogue, "Shearith Israel, New York City"
1716 Duke Karel Leopold of Mecklenburg-Schwerin signs covenant with Russia and marries Czar Peter the Great's niece
1513 Explorer Juan Ponce de Leon claimed Florida for Spain
1500 Battle at Novara: King Louis XII beats duke Ludovico Sforza
1455 Alfonso de Borgia elected as Pope Callistus III
1378 Bartolomeo Prignano elected as Pope Urban VI
1341 Francesco Petrarca crowned in Rome
1195 Alexius III Angelus drives out brother Isaak II as Byzantine emperor