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4/8/2021 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - April 8

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Today in History in 1861 the U.S. Mint at Dahlonega, Georgia was seized by the Confederacy; in 1974 Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s home run record hitting his 715th in Atlanta, Georgia; and in 1986 Clint Eastwood was elected mayor of Carmel, California.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1767 - Ayutthaya kingdom falls to Burmese invaders.
  • 1796 - Carl Friedrich Gauss, German mathematician, proves the quadratic reciprocity law (the ability to determine the solvability of any quadratic equation in modular arithmetic)
  • 1861 - US mint at Dahlonega, Georgia, seized by confederacy (US Civil War)
  • 1862 - John D Lynde patents aerosol dispenser
  • 1886 - William Ewart Gladstone introduces the first Irish Home Rule Bill into the British House of Commons.
  • 1898 - Battle of Atbara River, Anglo-Egyptian forces crush 6,000 Sudanese
  • 1913 - Opening of China's 1st parliament takes place in Peking (now Beijing)
  • 1943 - U.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.
  • 1974 - Hammerin' Hank Aaron hits 715th HR, breaking Babe Ruth's record in Atlanta
  • 1986 - Clint Eastwood elected mayor of Carmel, California
  • 2000 - Nineteen US Marines are killed when a V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft crashes near Marana, Arizona.
  • 2004 - Darfur conflict: The Humanitarian Ceasefire Agreement is signed by the Sudanese government and two rebel groups.

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1460 - Juan Ponce de Leon, Spain, conquistador, searched for fountain of youth, found Florida
  • 1869 - Harvey Cushing, US, neurosurgeon (blood pressure studies)
  • 1886 - Jim Barnes, Lelant Cornwall, English golfing pioneer (4 major wins)
  • 1892 - Mary Pickford, [Gladys Smith], actress (Poor Little Rich Girl)
  • 1918 - Betty [Bloomer] Ford, US 1st lady (1974-77) and founder of the Betty Ford Center clinic (d. 2011)
  • 1928 - John Gavin, actor (Back Street, Psycho, Murder for Sale), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1941 - Peggy Lennon, singer (Lennon Sisters), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1948 - Robert Alan Litchfield, Mass, bank robber (FBI most wanted in the 1980s)
  • 1954 - John Schneider, Mt Kisco NY, actor (Bo-Dukes of Hazzard)

Famous Weddings

  • 1716 - Duke Karel Leopold of Mecklenburg-Schwerin signs covenant with Russia & marries Tsar Peter the Great's niece
  • 1779 - US Defector General Benedict Arnold (38) weds Peggy Shippen (18) at Shippen's townhouse in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1907 - Industrialist Henry J. Kaiser (24) weds Bess Fosburgh in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1989 - Entertainment Tonight's Mary Hart marries producer Burt Sugarman
  • 2006 - "All of Us" TV actress LisaRaye McCoy (38) weds Chief Minister of the Turks and Caicos Michael Misick (40) in an $1.5 million beachside wedding in Caribbean

Famous Divorces

  • 1982 - Actor Bryan Cranston (26) divorced writer Mickey Middleton after 4 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 217 - Caracalla, Roman emperor (198-217), murdered at 29
  • 1943 - Richard Sears, 1st to win US amateur national tennis match, dies at 81
  • 1947 - Henry Ford, US industrialist (Ford cars), dies at 83
  • 1973 - Pablo (Ruiz y) Picasso, Spanish/French painter (Guernica), dies at 91
  • 2013 - Margaret Thatcher, British Prime Minister (1979 - 1990) dies aged 87
  • 2014 - The Ultimate Warrior, American Hall of Fame professional wrestler, dies from a heart attack at 54

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