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April 8: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

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Facts & Historic Events That Happened on April 8

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April 8th is known as Draw A Picture Of A Bird Day as well as Empanada Day.

Today marks day 99 of the year, and we have 267 days left in 2024.

If you’d like to learn some of the top historical events that all happened on this day, then you’ve come to the right place! Here we are going to fill you in on many areas including, religion, mathematics, sports, celebrities, animals and more.

Did you know that on this day in 1879, New York City started selling milk in glass bottles? Before this, people had to provide their own containers and the milk was received from large kegs.

Keep reading for more fun & interesting facts about April 8th in history!

Events

What memorable events happened on April 8 in history? Keep reading to find out!

2020

Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders dropped out of the race for US president.

2019

Researchers discovered that as many as 600 million birds die in the US every year after flying into skyscrapers.

OTD in 2019: Researchers discovered that as many as 600 million birds die in the US every year after flying into skyscrapers.

2013

The Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher died at 87 years old.

Thatcher was Britain’s first prime minister, and over 2,000 guests attended her funeral on April 17.

2008

Construction of the Bahrain World Trade Center was officially completed.

The Bahrain WTC was the first skyscraper in the world to integrate wind turbines into its design, which provide approximately 11-15% of the tower’s total power consumption.

1993

NASA’s Discovery space shuttle launched on mission STS-56.

The primary payload of STS-56 was the ATLAS-2 laboratory, which collected data on the Sun’s effect on Earth’s ozone layer during the space shuttle’s flight. The astronauts experimented during the mission with amateur radio equipment. They were able to successfully make radio contact with a few schools in the US, as well as the Soviet Mir space station.

1986

Clint Eastwood was elected as Mayor of Carmel, California.

OTD in 1986: Clint Eastwood was elected as Mayor of Carmel

1916

Racer Bob Burman died after crashing his race car in Corona, California.

Burman’s riding mechanic, a policeman, and three spectators were killed in the accident.

1906

The first person in the world to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s died.

Auguste Deter was born on May 16, 1950, in Cassell, Germany, and lived a relatively normal and happy life until her late forties. Over a short few years, Auguste’s mental condition rapidly deteriorated. At first, she showed symptoms similar to dementia, but by her 50th birthday, Auguste started to lose control of herself completely. She was admitted later that year to a mental institution, where she spent the rest of her life.

1879

New York City started selling milk in glass bottles, a first for the USA.

It was done in a move to make the sale and consumption of milk safer and more sanitary.

1796

German mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss became the first person to prove quadratic reciprocity law.

OTD in 1796: German mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss became the first person to prove quadratic reciprocity law.

The law of quadratic reciprocity is a theory from modular arithmetic giving conditions for solving quadratic equations modulo prime numbers.

1766

The first idea of a fire escape was patented.

The escape consisted of a wicker basket attached to a pulley and chain.

1271

One of the world’s most important medieval castles, Krak des Chevaliers, was conquered by Sultan Baibars.

1093

The iconic historical Winchester Cathedral in Hampshire, England, was dedicated to Bishop Walkelin.

OTD in 1093: The iconic historical Winchester Cathedral in Hampshire

217 AD

Roman Emperor Caracalla was stabbed to death by a guard while urinating.

Famous Births

Are you celebrating your birthday today? If so, did you know that you share the same birthday as Dean Norris? See what other famous people were born on this day.

1989

Matthew Healy

British

Singer

Matthew Healy

Age:

35 years old

Born In:

England, UK

1974

Chris Kyle

American

Sniper

Chris Kyle

Died On:

Feb 2, 2013 (Age 38)

Born In:

Texas, USA

1943

James Herbert

English

Writer

James Herbert

Died On:

Mar 20, 2013 (Age 69)

Born In:

England, UK

1963

Dean Norris

American

Actor

Dean Norris

Age:

61 years old

Born In:

Indiana, USA

1941

Vivienne Westwood

English

Fashion Designer

Vivienne Westwood

Died On:

Dec 29, 2022 (Age 81)

Born In:

England, UK

Famous Deaths

Unfortunately, April 8th has also been a day where we’ve had to say some goodbyes over the years…

1881

1973

Pablo Picasso

Spanish

Painter

Pablo Picasso

1881

1973

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso was a Spanish painter born on October 25, 1881. He died on this day in 1973, at age 91 in Mougins, France.

Died On:

Apr 8, 1973 (Age 91)

Died In:

Mougins, France

1925

2013

Margaret Thatcher

English

Politician

Margaret Thatcher

1925

2013

Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher was an English politician born on October 13, 1925. She died on this day in 2013, at age 87 in London, England, UK.

Died On:

Apr 8, 2013 (Age 87)

Died In:

England, UK

Quotes

Here we have the most notable quotes that have been spoken throughout history on April 8th.

1973

Drink to me, drink to my health. You know I can’t drink anymore.

1934

Be alone, that is the secret of invention; be alone, that is when ideas are born.

Special Holidays

Are you looking for something to do today? Well, here’s a few special days that might just give you some ideas.

April 8: National Empanada Day
United States

National Empanada Day

There’s so much more to empanadas than meat and cheese. The word empanada itself comes from the words “to wrap in bread.” Empanada day celebrates all kinds of empanadas, baked or fried, and you can take part yourself by eating or making one of your own!

April 8: Draw A Picture Of A Bird Day
United States

Draw A Picture Of A Bird Day

Did you know there are over 10,000 different species of bird living on our planet? So why not show your appreciation of our flying feathered friends today by taking part in Draw A Picture Of A Bird Day. Which bird will you draw?

THe Fact Site’s

Fun Fact Of The Day

An estimated 50% of all gold ever mined on Earth came from a single plateau in South Africa: Witwatersrand.

Birthday & Zodiac

People who were born on this day all share the Aries zodiac sign.

Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, and its mascot is the Ram. As a fire sign ruled by the planet Mars, Aries energy is often individualistic, bold, and brave.

People born during April have the Diamond birthstone. Wearing a diamond is said to make those born in April happier in relationships and more successful in life.

If you were born on April 8, you were likely conceived on the week of July 16 in the previous year.

Babies conceived on April 8, 2024, will be due around December 30, 2024.

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