Friday, April 8, 2016

Today in History: Friday, April 08, 2016

AP Highlight in History:
On April 8, 1974, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hit his 715th career home run, breaking Babe Ruth's record.
Audio LinkBraves announcer Mylo Hamilton makes the call
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On this date in:
1513Explorer Juan Ponce de Leon claimed Florida for Spain.
1913The 17th amendment to the Constitution, providing for the popular election of U.S. senators, was ratified.
1918First lady Betty Ford was born Elizabeth Bloomer in Chicago.
1935The Works Progress Administration was approved by Congress.
1952President Harry S. Truman seized the steel industry to avert a nationwide strike.
1970The Senate rejected President Richard Nixon's nomination of G. Harrold Carswell to the Supreme Court.
1973Artist Pablo Picasso died at age 91.
1977The Clash's self-titled debut album was released in Britain.
1990Ryan White, an AIDS patient whose battle for acceptance gained national attention, died at age 18.
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1992Tennis player Arthur Ashe announced that he had AIDS.
1994Rock singer-musician Kurt Cobain of Nirvana was found dead in Seattle at age 27 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 
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2002Suzan-Lori Parks became the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for drama for her play "Topdog/Underdog."
2005World leaders joined pilgrims and prelates in St. Peter's Square for the funeral of Pope John Paul II.
AP Photo/Luca Bruno
2009Somali pirates hijacked the U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama. (The crew retook the cargo ship, and Navy sharpshooters killed two pirates holding the ship's American captain.)
2011Congressional and White House negotiators struck a last-minute budget deal ahead of a midnight deadline, averting a federal shutdown and cutting billions in spending.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood turns 75 years old today.
AP Photo/Jonathan Short
Shecky GreeneComedian90
Seymour HershInvestigative reporter79
Kofi AnnanFormer United Nations secretary-general78
John HavlicekBasketball Hall of Famer76
Darlene GillespieTV personality ("The Mickey Mouse Club")75
J.J. JacksonR&B singer75
Peggy LennonSinger (The Lennon Sisters)75
Steve HoweRock musician (Yes)69
John MaddenDirector ("Shakespeare in Love")67
John SchneiderActor, singer ("The Dukes of Hazzard")56
Izzy StradlinRock musician (Guns n' Roses)54
Julian LennonRock musician53
Biz MarkieRapper52
Patricia ArquetteActress ("Medium")48
Taylor KitschActor ("Friday Night Lights")35
Actress Robin Wright turns 50 years old today.
AP Photo/Dan Steinberg
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