About April 8

April 8, 2020 is the 99th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 267 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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Aries is the sun 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 310 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On April 8

  • 1139
    Roger II of Sicily is excommunicated.
  • 1866
    Italy and Prussia ally against Austrian Empire.
  • 1886
    William Ewart Gladstone introduces the first Irish Home Rule Bill into the British House of Commons.
  • 1893
    The first recorded college basketball game occurs in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.
  • 1895
    In Pollock v. Farmers’ Loan & Trust Co. the Supreme Court of the United States declares unapportioned income tax to be unconstitutional.
  • 1904
    The French Third Republic and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland sign the Entente cordiale.
  • 1906
    Auguste Deter, the first person to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, dies.
  • 1916
    In Corona, California, race car driver Bob Burman crashes, killing three, and badly injuring five, spectators.
  • 1918
    World War I: Actors Douglas Fairbanks and Charlie Chaplin sell war bonds on the streets of New York City’s financial district.
  • 1929
    Indian Independence Movement: At the Delhi Central Assembly, Bhagat Singh and Batukeshwar Dutt throw handouts and bombs to court arrest.
  • 1942
    World War II: Siege of Leningrad – Soviet forces open a much-needed railway link to Leningrad.
  • 1943
    U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in an attempt to check inflation, freezes wages and prices, prohibits workers from changing jobs unless the war effort would be aided thereby, and bars rate increases by common carriers and public utilities.
  • 1950
    India and Pakistan sign the Liaquat-Nehru Pact.
  • 1953
    Mau Mau leader Jomo Kenyatta is convicted by Kenya’s British rulers.
  • 1954
    South African Airways Flight 201 A de Havilland DH.106 Comet 1 crashes into the sea during night killing 21 people.
  • 1960
    The Netherlands and West Germany sign an agreement to negotiate the return of German land annexed by the Dutch in return for 280 million German marks as Wiedergutmachung.
  • 1961
    A large explosion on board the MV Dara in the Persian Gulf kills 238.
  • 1985
    Bhopal disaster: India files suit against Union Carbide for the disaster which killed an estimated 2,000 and injured another 200,000.
  • 1987
    Los Angeles Dodgers executive Al Campanis resigns amid controversy over racially charged remarks he had made while on Nightline.
  • 2004
    Darfur conflict: The Humanitarian Ceasefire Agreement is signed by the Sudanese government and two rebel groups.

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