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Notable Historical Events for April 8th

1455Alfonso de Borgia elected as Pope Callistus III

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

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

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

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

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

1966AFL chooses 36 year old Al Davis as commissioner

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

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)

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

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

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

April 8th Birthdays
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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

April 8th Weddings
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Notable Deaths on April 8th

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

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

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

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

April 8th Deaths
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