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Notable Historical Events for April 8th

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

1994Darryl Strawberry enters Betty Ford clinic

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

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.

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

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

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

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)

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

April 8th Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on April 8th

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)

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

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

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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

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

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

2000Claire Trevor, American actress (b. 1910)

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

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