What happened this day in history April 8

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 99th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 267 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is March 26, 2024 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 475,704 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 ‘enneacontaenneagon’ day.

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 296 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 4,126 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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April 8 Historical Events

  • 1139
    Roger II of Sicily is excommunicated.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: Battle of Mansfield – Union forces are thwarted by the Confederate army at Mansfield, Louisiana.
  • 1866
    Italy and Prussia ally against Austrian Empire.
  • 1904
    British mystic Aleister Crowley transcribes the first chapter of The Book of the Law.
  • 1904
    Longacre Square in Midtown Manhattan is renamed Times Square after The New York Times.
  • 1942
    World War II: Siege of Leningrad – Soviet forces open a much-needed railway link to Leningrad.
  • 1945
    World War II: After an air raid accidentally destroys a train carrying about 4,000 Nazi concentration camp internees in Prussian Hanover, the survivors are massacred by Nazis.
  • 1974
    at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, Hank Aaron hits his 715th career home run to surpass Babe Ruth’s 39-year-old record.
  • 1975
    President Richard Nixon signs into law federal legislation authorizing the establishment of Voyageurs National Park in northern Minnesota.
  • 2006
    Shedden massacre: The bodies of eight men, all shot to death, are found in a field in Ontario, Canada. The murders are soon linked to the Bandidos motorcycle gang.

Who were born on April 8?

  • 1818
    King Christian IX of Denmark (d. 1906)
  • 1924
    Sir Anthony Farrar-Hockley, English soldier and historian (d. 2006)
  • 1933
    Fred Ebb, American composer (d. 2004)
  • 1942
    Roger Chapman, British rock singer (Family, Streetwalkers)
  • 1947
    Larry Norman, American singer/songwriter (d. 2008)
  • 1947
    Steve Howe, English guitarist (Yes, Asia, GTR)
  • 1955
    Ricky Bell, American football player (d. 1984)
  • 1961
    Richard Hatch, American reality television personality
  • 1963
    Terry Porter, American basketball player and coach
  • 1981
    Lito Sheppard, American football cornerback

Who died on April 8?

  • 1861
    Elisha Otis, American elevator builder (b. 1811)
  • 1870
    Charles de Bériot, Belgian composer (b. 1802)
  • 1906
    Auguste D, First recorded Alzheimer’s victim (b. 1850)
  • 1919
    Loránd Eötvös, Hungarian physicist (b. 1848)
  • 1974
    James Charles McGuigan, Catholic archbishop of Toronto (b. 1894)
  • 1990
    Ryan White, American AIDS activist (b. 1971)
  • 1992
    Daniel Bovet, Swiss-born pharmacologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1907)
  • 2002
    María Félix, Mexican actress (b. 1914)
  • 2005
    Onna White, Canadian choreographer (b. 1924)
  • 2010
    Teddy Scholten, Dutch singer (b. 1926)

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