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On This Day in History, April 8

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 – April 8

  • 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 – April 8

  • 2013 Margaret Thatcher

    English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

  • 1981 Omar Bradley

    American general

  • 1973 Pablo Picasso

    Spanish painter, sculptor

  • 1950 Vaslav Nijinsky

    Russian dancer, choreographer

  • 1857 Mangal Pandey

    Indian freedom fighter

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