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Births for April 08


  • 563 -BC- Gautama Buddha, (as celebrated in Japan-Kambutsue)
  • 1460 Ponce de Le¢n, Spain, searched for fountain of youth, found Florida
  • 1533 Claudio Merulo, organist/composer
  • 1605 Philip IV, King of Spain & Portugal (1621-65)
  • 1631 Coirnelis de Heem, painter
  • 1655 Louis Willem I, Count of Baden-Baden
  • 1692 Giuseppe Tartini, Italy, violinist/composer (Trillo del Diavolo)
  • 1726 Lewis Morris, signed Decl of Independence
  • 1731 William Williams, signed Decl of Independence
  • 1783 John Claudius, London England, horticulturist
  • 1798 Dionysios Solomos, poet
  • 1816 Frederick William Burton, painter
  • 1818 Christaan IX, king of Denmark (1863-1906)
  • 1828 George Baird Hodge, Brig General (Confederate Army)
  • 1831 Allard Pierson, theology/philosopher/art historian/poet
  • 1832 Count Alfred von Waldersee, Prussian field marshal
  • 1843 Asger Hamerik, (Hammerich), composer
  • 1850 William Henry Welch, US, pathologist, founded John Hopkins
  • 1859 Edmund Husserl, Germany, philosopher, founded Phenomenology
  • 1869 Harvey Cushing, US, neurosurgeon (blood pressure studies)
  • 1875 Albert I LCMM von Saksen-Coburg, king of Belgium (1909-34)
  • 1880 Victor Schertzinger, coposer/director (Uptown NY)
  • 1887 Walter Connolly, actor (Good Earth, 5th Avenue Girl)
  • 1889 Adrian Boult, Chester England, conductor (BBC Sym Orch)
  • 1893 Henri Puvrez, Belgian sculptor (Sereniteit)
  • 1893 Mary Pickford, (Gladys Smith), actress (Poor Little Rich Girl)
  • 1897 Herbert Eimert, German composer/musicologist (Glockenspiel)
  • 1898 C M Bowra, professor of poetry (Oxford University)
  • 1898 Cecil (Maurice) Bowra, British classics expert (Greek experience)
  • 1898 E Y "Yip" Harburg, (Isidore Hochberg), lyricist/librettist
  • 1902 Josef Krips, Vienna Austria, conductor (London Symph 1954-63)
  • 1903 Ilka Chase, NYC, actress (Masquerade Party, Trials of O'Brien)
  • 1904 John R Hicks, British economist (Nobel 1972)
  • 1905 Helen B M Fennell Joseph, anti-apartheid writer (Side by Side)
  • 1906 Charles J B Jonckheere, Flemish poet/writer (Mirror of the Sea)
  • 1907 Maurice Stacey, chemist
  • 1908 Neil Lawson, British high court judge
  • 1910 George Musso, NFL guard (Chicago Bears)
  • 1911 Melvin Calvin, US chemist (photosynthesis, Nobel 1961)
  • 1912 Sonja Henie, Oslo Norway, ice skater/actress (Olympic-gold-1928,32,36
  • 1919 Ian Smith, PM (Rhodesia)
  • 1920 Erik Pausin, Austria, figure skating pairs (Olympics-silver-1936)
  • 1921 Betty Bloomer Ford, 1st lady/namesake for Betty Ford Clinic
  • 1922 Carmen McRae, NYC, singer (Down Beats New Star of 1954)
  • 1923 Edward Mulhare, Cork Ireland, actor (Daniel Gregg-Ghost & Mrs Muir)
  • 1923 Franco Corelli, Anconia Italy, tenor (Don Jos‚-Carmen)
  • 1925 Shecky Greene, Chicago Ill, comedian/actor (Love Machine, Combat)
  • 1928 Eric Porter, London England, actor (Antony & Cleopatra, 39 Steps)
  • 1928 John Gavin, LA Calif, actor (Back Street, Psycho, Murder for Sale)
  • 1928 Monty Sunshine, bandleader
  • 1929 Jacques Brel, Belgium, singer/actor (Pain in the A__)
  • 1929 Walter Berry, Austria singer/ex husband of Christa Ludwig
  • 1930 Dorothy Tutin, London, actress (Importance of Being Ernest, Cromwell)
  • 1930 John Bartholomew Tucker, Pa, TV host (Candid Camera, Treasure Island)
  • 1930 John Reardon, NYC, baritone (Falke-Die Fledermaus)
  • 1930 Julien Van Remoortere, (Piet Mortelman), Flemish writer (Fist)
  • 1930 Mary Moore, principal (St Hilda's College, Oxford)
  • 1933 Fred Ebb, lyricist (Cabaret)
  • 1935 Albert G Bustamante, (Rep-D-TX, 1985- )
  • 1935 Donald Thompsett, cricket umpire
  • 1936 Klaus Lowitsch, Berlin, actor (Despair, Marriage of Marla Braun)
  • 1937 Seymour Hersh, award winning investigative reporter (NY Times)
  • 1938 Lory Patrick, Beckley WV, actress (TRina-Tales of Welles Fargo)
  • 1940 John Havlicek, Martin's Ferry Ohio, NBA hall-of-famer (Boston Celtics
  • 1941 Peggy Lennon, LA Calif, singer (Lennon Sisters)
  • 1942 Eduard Fisherman, writer (Fyffes to be called now Chiquita)
  • 1942 Eduard Visser, writer (Fyffes heten nu Chiquita)
  • 1943 Carol Lavell, Fairfax Vt, US Equestrian athlete (Olympic-92)
  • 1943 J P Kavanaugh, racehorse trainer
  • 1943 Michael Bennett, aids victim/choreographer (Chorus Line)
  • 1943 Robby Weaver, actor (Stone)
  • 1943 Tony Banks, English politician (Lab)
  • 1943 William Garth Morrison, Chief scout
  • 1944 Anthony Farrar Hockley, military historian
  • 1944 Roger Chapman, vocalist (Family-Family Entertainment)
  • 1944 Santiago Jimenez Jr, US accordionist
  • 1945 Ian White, MEP
  • 1946 Jim "Catfish" Hunter, major-league pitcher (A's, Yankees)
  • 1947 Cindy Pickett, Norman Okla, actress (Guiding Light, St Elsewhere)
  • 1947 Steve Howe, Yes, he plays guitar (Asia, Yes-Roundabout)
  • 1947 Thomas D Delay, (Rep-R-Texas, 1985- )
  • 1948 Richard Alan Litchfield, Mass, bank robber (FBI most wanted)
  • 1949 Jim Lampley, Hendersonville NC, newscaster (Monday Night Baseball)
  • 1952 Adam Woods, rocker (Fixx)
  • 1954 Gary Carter, catcher (Mont Expos, NY Mets)
  • 1954 John Schneider, Mt Kisco NY, actor (Bo-Dukes of Hazzard)
  • 1959 Martin Weston, cricketer
  • 1962 Izzy Stradin, rocker (Guns 'n' Roses-Welcome to the Jungle)
  • 1963 Alec Stewart, cricketer
  • 1963 Erica Terwillegar, Nelsonville NJ, lugist
  • 1963 Julian Lennon, John's son/singer (Too Late for Goodbyes)
  • 1967 Robin Wright, Dallas Tx, actress (Kelly-Santa Barbara, Princess Bride
  • 1984 Taran Noah Smith, actor (Home Improvement)


Passings for April 08


  • 217 Caracalla, (Marcus A Antoniius), Roman emperor (211-17), dies at 29
  • 1143 John II Comnenus, Emperor of Byzantium (1118-43), dies in an accident
  • 1364 Jan II, the Good, King of France (1350-64), dies at 44
  • 1697 Niels Juel, Danish admiral (Oland, Moen, Kj”gebocht), dies at 67
  • 1794 Marie-Jean-Antoine-Nicholas-Caritat, mathematician dies
  • 1870 Charles-Auguste the Beriot, Belgian violinist/composer, dies
  • 1890 Junius Morgan, philanthropist, dies at 76
  • 1894 Bankim C Chattopadhyaya, writer (Mrinalini, Anandamath), dies at 55
  • 1897 Heinrich von Stephan, UK politician, dies
  • 1902 Sipyagain, Russian min of interior/headed Secret Service, assassinate
  • 1914 Jakub Arbes, Czech author (And‚l Miru), dies at 73
  • 1919 Roland baron E”tv”s, Hungarian physicist, dies at 70
  • 1921 Earnest von Possart, German actor/stage manager, dies
  • 1931 Eric Axel Karlfeldt, poet, dies
  • 1935 Edwin Cannan, economist, dies
  • 1937 William Henry Hadow, musicologist (Studies in Modern Music), dies
  • 1941 Eugne-Marcel Pr‚vost, novelist, dies
  • 1943 Paul Colin, Belgian journalist/collaborator, executed
  • 1943 Richard Sears, 1st to win US amateur national tennis match, dies at 8
  • 1947 Henry Ford, US industrialist (Ford cars), dies
  • 1950 Vaslav Fromich Nijinsky, Ukrainian ballet dancer, dies in London
  • 1959 Gustave Charlier, Belgian literature historian, dies
  • 1969 Denton Cooley, US open heart surgeon, dies at 48
  • 1970 Marie V Felix, Prince of Luxemburg, dies
  • 1973 Pablo Picasso, artist, dies near Mougins, France, at 91
  • 1976 Phil Ochs, rock producer (Joe Hill), dies at 35
  • 1977 Frank Milan, actor (Witness), dies at 71
  • 1978 Ford C Frick, baseball commissioner, dies at 83
  • 1981 Omar Bradley, last US 5-star general, (Normandy) dies in NY at 88
  • 1987 Francis C Denebrink, US Naval officer (WW I, WW II, Korea) dies at 90
  • 1990 Ryan White, hemophiliac aids sufferer, dies at 18
  • 1993 H Earnest, bishop of Breda
  • 1993 Marian Anderson, US alto singer (My Lord, What a Morning), dies at 91


Special events for April 08


  • 1341 Francesco Petrarca crowned in Rome
  • 1378 Bartolomeo Prignano elected as Pope Urban VI
  • 1455 Alfonso the Borgia elected as Pope Callistus III
  • 1513 Ponce de Le¢n discovers Florida
  • 1730 1st Jewish congregation in US consecrates synagogue (NY)
  • 1766 1st fire escape patented, wicker basket on a pulley & chain
  • 1789 House of Representives 1st meeting
  • 1802 French Protestant church becomes state-supported & -controlled
  • 1838 Steamship "Great Western" maiden voyage (Bristol England to NYC)
  • 1861 US mint at Dahlonega, Georgia seized by confederacy
  • 1864 Battle of Mansfield, La Federals routed by Gen Richard Taylor
  • 1865 Lee's retreat cut off near Appomattox Court House
  • 1876 Opera "La Gioconda" is produced (Milan)
  • 1893 The Critic reports that ice cream soda is our national drink
  • 1898 Battle of Atbara River, Anglo-Egyptian forces crush 6,000 Sudanese
  • 1904 Entente Cordiale signed by France & England
  • 1904 Gr Brit & France sign Cordial Entente concerning colonial matter
  • 1908 Herbert Henry Asquith becomes PM of England
  • 1912 Steamers collide in Nile, drowning 200
  • 1913 17th amendment, requiring direct election of senators, ratified
  • 1914 US & Columbia sign a treaty concerning Panama Canal Zone
  • 1916 Norway approves active & passive female suffrage
  • 1931 "White Horse Inn" opens in London
  • 1935 Works Progress Administration approved by Congress
  • 1938 H Alikoski discovers asteroid #2911
  • 1939 King Milk I of Angolia flees
  • 1940 Germany battle cruiser sinks British aircraft carrier Glorious
  • 1941 Heavyweight Joe Louis KOs Tony Musto in St Louis
  • 1943 Detroit Red Wings sweep Boston Bruins for Stanley Cup
  • 1943 Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya convicted of involvement with Mau Mau
  • 1946 League of Nations assembles for last time
  • 1947 Largest recorded sunspot (7,000) observed
  • 1952 Pres Truman seizes steel mills to prevent a strike
  • 1953 Dag Hammarskj”ld chosen as secretary-general of UN
  • 1954 "By the Beautiful Sea" opens at Majestic Theater on Broadway
  • 1956 6 marine recruits drown during exercise at Paradies Is SC
  • 1956 M Bandaranaikes People's front wins election in Ceylon
  • 1960 Neth & Germany sign accord concerning war casualties
  • 1961 British liner "Dara" explodes in Persian Gulf, kills 236
  • 1962 Accords of Evian (Algeria) accepted by referendum in France
  • 1964 Unmanned Gemini 1 launched
  • 1966 AFL chooses 36 year old Al Davis as commissioner
  • 1966 OAO 1, 1st orbiting astronomical observatory, launched
  • 1968 New socialist constitution of East Germany takes effect
  • 1968 WKPI TV channel 22 in Pikeville, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1970 Senate rejects Nixon's nomination of Carswell to Supreme Court
  • 1971 1st legal off-track betting system begins (OTB-New York)
  • 1974 Discovery Island opens
  • 1974 Hammerin' Hank Aaron hits 715th HR, breaks Babe Ruth's record
  • 1975 Frank Robinson 1st black baseball mgr (Cleveland, beats NY 5-3)
  • 1978 W Liller discovers asteroid #2449
  • 1979 204th & final episode of "All in the Family"
  • 1981 Islanders scored 9 goals against Toronto in playoffs
  • 1982 Penguins 2-Isles 4-Preliminary-Isles hold 2-0 lead
  • 1982 Tracy Caulkins, 19, wins her 36th US swimming title
  • 1985 India files suit against Union Carbide over Bhopal disaster
  • 1986 Clint Eastwood elected mayor of Carmel, California, Make his day
  • 1987 Al Campanis, LA Dodger VP resigns after racial remarks on "Nightline"
  • 1989 Entertainment Tonights Mary Hart marries producer Burt Sugarman
  • 1990 "Twin Peaks" with Peggy Lipton premiers on ABC-TV
  • 1990 Norwegian Scandinavian Star catches fire; about 170 die
  • 1991 Michael Landon announces he has inoperable cancer of pancreas
  • 1991 Oakland A's stadium becomes 1st outdoor arena to ban smoking
  • 1992 "Five Guys Named Moe" opens at Eugene O'Neill theater on Broadway
  • 1992 After 151 years Britain's "Punch Magazine" final issue


Songs for date April 08


  • 04/08/43 --- Velvet Moon (James, Harry)
  • 04/08/49 --- Again (Torme, Mel)
  • 04/08/67 --- Don't You Care (Buckinghams)
  • 04/08/67 --- I'm A Man (Davis, Spencer)
  • 04/08/72 --- Doctor My Eyes (Browne, Jackson)
  • 04/08/72 --- Look What You've Done For Me (Green, Al)
  • 04/08/78 --- You're The One That I Want (Newton-John, Olivia)
  • 04/08/78 --- With A Little Luck (McCartney, Paul)
  • 04/08/81 --- Living Inside Myself (Vannelli, Gino)
  • 04/08/89 --- Rock On (Damian, Michael)
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