Saturday, April 08, 2017
History for April 8 - On-This-Day.com
Guatama Buddha 563 BC - 'The Enlightened One' in the Buddhist faith, Edgar Yipsel "Yip" Harburg 1896 - Song lyricist ("Over the Rainbow," all of the songs in The Wizard of Oz), Sonja Henie 1912 - Ice skater
Elizabeth "Betty" Ford (Bloomer) 1918 - Wife of 38th U.S. President Gerald R. Ford, founder of the Betty Ford Clinic, Seymore Hersh 1937 - Investigative reporter, Kofi Annan 1938 - United Nations secretary-general
1864 - The U.S. Senate passed the 13th Amendment (S.J. Res. 16) by a vote of 38 to 6.
1913 - The Seventeenth amendment was ratified, requiring direct election of senators.
1946 - The League of Nations assembled in Geneva for the last time.
1952 - U.S. President Truman seized steel mills to prevent a nationwide strike.
1974 - Hank Aaron hits 715th home run breaking Babe Ruth's record.
1975 - Frank Robinson of the Cleveland Indians became first black manager of a major league baseball team.
1986 - Clint Eastwood was elected mayor of Carmel, CA.
1987 - Los Angeles Dodgers executive Al Campanis resigned over remarks he had made. While on ABC's "Nightline" Campanis said that blacks "may not have some of the necessities" to hold managerial jobs in major-league baseball.