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Notable Historical Events for April 8th

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

1953Jomo Kenyatta convicted of involvement with Mau Mau and sentenced to 7 years in Kenya

2014Mike Babcock wins his 414th career game as head coach of the Detroit Red Wings, becoming the winningest coach in Red Wings history (passing Jack Adams)

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

1886William Ewart Gladstone introduces the first Irish Home Rule Bill into the British House of Commons.

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

1455Alfonso de Borgia elected as Pope Callistus III

1968Gangsters Henry Hill and Jimmy Burke commit the Air France robbery, stealing $420,000

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

1986Clint Eastwood elected mayor of Carmel California, Make his day

April 8th Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on April 8th

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

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

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

1918Betty [Bloomer] Ford, US 1st lady (1974-77) and founder of the Betty Ford Center clinic (d. 2011)

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

2013Margaret Thatcher, British Prime Minister (1979 - 1990) dies aged 87

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

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

April 8th Deaths
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