What Happened On This Day – April 8
2005 Over 4 million people pay their last respects to Pope John Paul II
Karol Józef Wojtyła from Poland was an immensely popular Pope. He was succeeded by German Pope Benedict XVI, born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger.
1977 The Clash release their debut album of the same name
The British combo around lead vocalist Joe Strummer is considered one of the most influential early punk rock bands.
1959 One of the first modern programming languages is created
The Common Business-Oriented Language or COBOL was primarily designed by a woman, Grace Hopper. Also known as Amazing Grace, she is regarded as one of the pioneers in the field.
1953 Jomo Kenyatta is sentenced to 7 years hard labor
Kenyatta led the Mau Mau movement against the British colonialists. He is considered to be Kenya's founding father and became the country's first President in 1964.
1904 France and the United Kingdom sign the Entente cordiale
The treaty, which was initially designed to regulate the countries' colonial interests in Africa, later evolved into the Triple Entente to fight Germany in World War I.
Births On This Day,
1938 Kofi Annan
Ghanaian diplomat, 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations
1929 Jacques Brel
Belgian singer-songwriter, actor
1918 Betty Ford
American wife of Gerald R. Ford, 40th First Lady of the United States
1859 Edmund Husserl
Austrian mathematician, philosopher
1827 Ramón Emeterio Betances
Puerto Rican doctor, politician
Deaths On This Day,
2013 Margaret Thatcher
English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
1981 Omar Bradley
1973 Pablo Picasso
Spanish painter, sculptor
1950 Vaslav Nijinsky
Russian dancer, choreographer
1857 Mangal Pandey
Indian freedom fighter