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 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

  • 1139
    Roger II of Sicily is excommunicated.
  • 1149
    Pope Eugene III takes refuge in the castle of Ptolemy II of Tusculum.
  • 1832
    Black Hawk War: Around three-hundred United States 6th Infantry troops leave St. Louis, Missouri to fight the Sauk Native Americans.
  • 1886
    William Ewart Gladstone introduces the first Irish Home Rule Bill into the British House of Commons.
  • 1906
    Auguste Deter, the first person to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, dies.
  • 1929
    Indian Independence Movement: At the Delhi Central Assembly, Bhagat Singh and Batukeshwar Dutt throw handouts and bombs to court arrest.
  • 1954
    South African Airways Flight 201 A de Havilland DH.106 Comet 1 crashes into the sea during night killing 21 people.
  • 1959
    The Organization of American States drafts an agreement to create the Inter-American Development Bank.
  • 1985
    Bhopal disaster: India files suit against Union Carbide for the disaster which killed an estimated 2,000 and injured another 200,000.
  • 2005
    Over four million people attend the funeral of Pope John Paul II.

Who were born on April 8?

  • 1874
    Stanisław Taczak, Polish general (d. 1960)
  • 1885
    Dimitrios Levidis, Greek composer (d. 1951)
  • 1888
    Dennis Chavez, American politician (d. 1964)
  • 1923
    Edward Mulhare, Irish actor (d. 1997)
  • 1929
    Walter Berry, Austrian bass-baritone (d. 2000)
  • 1949
    Brenda Russell, American singer/songwriter
  • 1954
    G.V. Loganathan, American professor (d. 2007)
  • 1957
    Fred Smerlas, American football player
  • 1964
    John McGinlay, Scottish footballer
  • 1986
    Félix Hernández, Venezuelan baseball player

Who died on April 8?

  • 956
    Gilbert of Chalon, Duke of Burgundy
  • 1587
    John Foxe, English writer (b. 1516)
  • 1861
    Elisha Otis, American elevator builder (b. 1811)
  • 1931
    Erik Axel Karlfeldt, Swedish writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1864)
  • 1965
    Lars Hanson, Swedish actor (b. 1886)
  • 1993
    Marian Anderson, American contralto (b. 1897)
  • 1996
    León Klimovsky, Argentine film director (b. 1906)
  • 2005
    Onna White, Canadian choreographer (b. 1924)
  • 2008
    Timothy Beaumont, Baron Beaumont of Whitley (b. 1928)
  • 2010
    Malcolm McLaren, British music manager (b. 1946)

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