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April 08th Today's Highlights in History

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« on: April 08, 2010, 07:02:57 am »

Thursday, April 08th
The 098th day of 2010.
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Today's Highlights in History

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   On April 8, 1973, artist Pablo Picasso died at his home near Mougins, France, at age 91. (Go to article.)

On April 8, 1912, Sonja Henie, the Norwegian figure skater who was the women's world champion for 10 years and a three-time gold medalist in the Olympics , was born. Following her death on Oct. 12, 1969, her obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)
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   On April 8, 1865, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about public health administration in New York City. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
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1513    Explorer Juan Ponce de Leon claimed Florida for Spain.

1935    The Works Progress Administration was approved by Congress.

1952    President Harry S. Truman seized the steel industry to avert a nationwide strike.

1970    The Senate rejected President Richard Nixon's nomination of G. Harrold Carswell to the Supreme Court.

1974    Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hit his 715th career home run, breaking Babe Ruth's record.

1977    The Clash's self-titled debut album was released in Britain.

1981    Omar N. Bradley, a World War II general and the first chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, died at age 88.

1987    Los Angeles Dodgers executive Al Campanis resigned after saying on ABC's "Nightline" that blacks may lack some of the "necessities" for becoming baseball managers.

1990    Ryan White, an AIDS patient whose battle for acceptance gained national attention, died at age 18.

1992    Tennis player Arthur Ashe announced that he had AIDS.

1994    Rock singer-musician Kurt Cobain of Nirvana was found dead in Seattle at age 27 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

2002    Suzan-Lori Parks became the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for drama for her play "Topdog/Underdog."

2005    World leaders joined pilgrims and prelates in St. Peter's Square for the funeral of Pope John Paul II.

2009    Somali pirates hijacked the U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama. The crew was able to retake the cargo ship, but the captain was taken captive by the raiders and held aboard a lifeboat.

Current Birthdays

Robin Wright turns 44 years old today.

AP Photo/Evan Agostini Actress Robin Wright turns 44 years old today.


92    Betty Ford
Former first lady

84    Shecky Greene
Comedian

73    Seymour Hersh
Investigative reporter

72    Kofi Annan
Former United Nations secretary-general

70    John Havlicek
Basketball Hall of Famer

69    Darlene Gillespie
TV personality ("The Mickey Mouse Club")

69    J.J. Jackson
R&B singer

69    Peggy Lennon
Singer (The Lennon Sisters)

63    Steve Howe
Rock musician (Yes)

61    John Madden
Director ("Shakespeare in Love")

56    Gary Carter
Baseball Hall of Famer

50    John Schneider
Actor, singer ("The Dukes of Hazzard")

48    Izzy Stradlin
Rock musician (Guns n' Roses)

47    Julian Lennon
Rock musician

46    Biz Markie
Rapper

37    Emma Caulfield
Actress ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Beverly Hills, 90210")

29    Taylor Kitsch
Actor ("Friday Night Lights")

Historic Birthdays

Sonja Henie

4/8/1912 - 10/12/1969
Norwegian-born American skater; Olympic gold medalist and popular entertainer.
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78    Giuseppe Tartini
4/8/1692 - 2/26/1770
Italian violinist, composer and theorist

64    David Rittenhouse
4/8/1732 - 6/26/1796
American astronomer and inventor

60    John Loudon
4/8/1783 - 12/14/1843
Scottish landscape architect and horticultural journalist

84    William Welch
4/8/1850 - 4/30/1934
American pathologist; modernized medical practices in the United States

70    Harvey Cushing
4/8/1869 - 10/7/1939
American surgeon; pioneered important neurosurgery techniques

59    Albert I
4/8/1875 - 2/17/1934
King of the Belgiams (1909-1934) and leader of Belgiam army during World War I

94    Sir Adrian Boult
4/8/1889 - 2/23/1983
English conductor; led the B.B.C. Symphony

87    Mary Pickford
4/8/1892 - 5/28/1979
Canadian-born American motion-picture actress

85    Sir John Hicks
4/8/1904 - 5/20/1989
English Nobel Prize-winning economist (1972)

74    Carmen McRae
4/8/1920 - 11/10/1994
American jazz vocalist and pianist

44    Michael Bennett
4/8/1943 - 7/2/1987
American dancer, choreographer, and stage director


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