What are the important events that happened on April 8? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.
April 8: Facts & Myths About This Day
April 8 is the 98th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 267 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is March 26, 2021 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 449,400 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.
Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘enneacontaoctagon’ day.
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Aries is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Diamond is the modern birthstone for this month. Opal is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 299 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.
The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 3,030 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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April 8 Historical Events
Roger II of Sicily is excommunicated.
Pope Eugene III takes refuge in the castle of Ptolemy II of Tusculum.
Black Hawk War: Around three-hundred United States 6th Infantry troops leave St. Louis, Missouri to fight the Sauk Native Americans.
William Ewart Gladstone introduces the first Irish Home Rule Bill into the British House of Commons.
Auguste Deter, the first person to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, dies.
Indian Independence Movement: At the Delhi Central Assembly, Bhagat Singh and Batukeshwar Dutt throw handouts and bombs to court arrest.
South African Airways Flight 201 A de Havilland DH.106 Comet 1 crashes into the sea during night killing 21 people.
The Organization of American States drafts an agreement to create the Inter-American Development Bank.
Bhopal disaster: India files suit against Union Carbide for the disaster which killed an estimated 2,000 and injured another 200,000.
Over four million people attend the funeral of Pope John Paul II.
Who were born on April 8?
Stanisław Taczak, Polish general (d. 1960)
Dimitrios Levidis, Greek composer (d. 1951)
Dennis Chavez, American politician (d. 1964)
Edward Mulhare, Irish actor (d. 1997)
Walter Berry, Austrian bass-baritone (d. 2000)
Brenda Russell, American singer/songwriter
G.V. Loganathan, American professor (d. 2007)
Fred Smerlas, American football player
John McGinlay, Scottish footballer
Félix Hernández, Venezuelan baseball player
Who died on April 8?
Gilbert of Chalon, Duke of Burgundy
John Foxe, English writer (b. 1516)
Elisha Otis, American elevator builder (b. 1811)
Erik Axel Karlfeldt, Swedish writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1864)
Lars Hanson, Swedish actor (b. 1886)
Marian Anderson, American contralto (b. 1897)
León Klimovsky, Argentine film director (b. 1906)
Onna White, Canadian choreographer (b. 1924)
Timothy Beaumont, Baron Beaumont of Whitley (b. 1928)
Malcolm McLaren, British music manager (b. 1946)
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