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Notable Historical Events for April 8th

1966AFL chooses 36 year old Al Davis as commissioner

1943U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt, in an attempt to check inflation, freezes wages and prices, prohibits workers from changing jobs unless the war effort would be aided thereby, and bars rate increases to common carriers and public utilities.

1974Hammerin' Hank Aaron hits 715th HR, breaking Babe Ruth's record in Atlanta

1500Battle at Novara: King Louis XII beats duke Ludovico Sforza

1941Joe Louis TKOs Tony Musto in 9 for heavyweight boxing title

200165th Golf Masters Championship: Tiger Woods wins, shooting a 272

1995Oliver McCall beats Larry Holmes in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

196335th Academy Awards - "Lawrence of Arabia", Anne Bancroft & Gregory Peck win

1994Darryl Strawberry enters Betty Ford clinic

2012Pope Benedict XVI calls for an end to Syrian blood shed in papal Easter message

April 8th Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on April 8th

1948Robert Alan Litchfield, Mass, bank robber (FBI most wanted in the 1980s)

1966Robin Wright Penn, Dallas Tx, actress (Santa Barbara, Princess Bride)

1892Mary Pickford, [Gladys Smith], actress (Poor Little Rich Girl)

1886Jim Barnes, Lelant Cornwall, English golfing pioneer (4 major wins)

April 8th Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on April 8th

1779US Defector General Benedict Arnold (38) weds Peggy Shippen (18) at Shippen's townhouse in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1907Industrialist Henry J. Kaiser (24) weds Bess Fosburgh in Boston, Massachusetts

April 8th Weddings
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Notable Deaths on April 8th

217Caracalla, Roman emperor (198-217), murdered at 29

2000Claire Trevor, American actress (b. 1910)

1947Henry Ford, US industrialist (Ford cars), dies at 83

1973Pablo (Ruiz y) Picasso, Spanish/French painter (Guernica), dies at 91

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