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217Roman Emperor Caracalla is assassinated (and succeeded) by his Praetorian Guard prefect, Marcus Opellius Macrinus.

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

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

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

199054th Golf Masters Championship: Nick Faldo wins, shooting a 278

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.

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

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)

1832Charles Darwin begins trip through Rio de Janeiro

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

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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)

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Notable Weddings on April 8th

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

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

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Notable Deaths on April 8th

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

2000Claire Trevor, American actress (b. 1910)

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

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

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