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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

1966AFL chooses 36 year old Al Davis as commissioner

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.

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.

1832Charles Darwin begins trip through Rio de Janeiro

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

1455Alfonso de Borgia elected as Pope Callistus III

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

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

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

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

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

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

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