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Notable Historical Events for April 8th

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

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

1966AFL chooses 36 year old Al Davis as commissioner

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

1994Darryl Strawberry enters Betty Ford clinic

1796Carl Friedrich Gauss, German mathematician, proves the quadratic reciprocity law (the ability to determine the solvability of any quadratic equation in modular arithmetic)

1832Charles Darwin begins trip through Rio de Janeiro

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.

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

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

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Notable Birthdays on April 8th

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

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

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

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

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

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Notable Deaths on April 8th

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

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

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