About April 8

April 8, 2021 is the 98th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 267 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

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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 299 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On April 8

  • 1149
    Pope Eugene III takes refuge in the castle of Ptolemy II of Tusculum.
  • 1271
    In Syria, sultan Baybars conquers the Krak of Chevaliers.
  • 1730
    Shearith Israel, the first synagogue in New York City, is dedicated.
  • 1820
    The Venus de Milo is discovered on the Aegean island of Melos.
  • 1893
    The first recorded college basketball game occurs in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.
  • 1904
    Longacre Square in Midtown Manhattan is renamed Times Square after The New York Times.
  • 1904
    The French Third Republic and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland sign the Entente cordiale.
  • 1911
    Dutch physicist Heike Kamerlingh Onnes discovers superconductivity.
  • 1935
    The Works Progress Administration is formed when the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act of 1935 becomes law.
  • 1950
    India and Pakistan sign the Liaquat-Nehru Pact.
  • 1954
    South African Airways Flight 201 A de Havilland DH.106 Comet 1 crashes into the sea during night killing 21 people.
  • 1959
    A team of computer manufacturers, users, and university people led by Grace Hopper meets to discuss the creation of a new programming language that would be called COBOL.
  • 1961
    A large explosion on board the MV Dara in the Persian Gulf kills 238.
  • 1968
    BOAC Flight 712 catches fire shortly after take off. As a result of her actions in the accident, Barbara Jane Harrison is awarded a posthumous George Cross, the only GC awarded to a woman in peacetime.
  • 1975
    Frank Robinson manages the Cleveland Indians in his first game as major league baseball’s first African American manager.
  • 1975
    President Richard Nixon signs into law federal legislation authorizing the establishment of Voyageurs National Park in northern Minnesota.
  • 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.
  • 1993
    The Republic of Macedonia joins the United Nations.
  • 2006
    Shedden massacre: The bodies of eight men, all shot to death, are found in a field in Ontario, Canada. The murders are soon linked to the Bandidos motorcycle gang.

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