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217Roman Emperor Caracalla is assassinated (and succeeded) by his Praetorian Guard prefect, Marcus Opellius Macrinus.

1455Alfonso de Borgia elected as Pope Callistus III

1500Battle at Novara: King Louis XII beats duke Ludovico Sforza

1796Carl Friedrich Gauss, German mathematician, proves the quadratic reciprocity law (the ability to determine the solvability of any quadratic equation in modular arithmetic)

1832Charles Darwin begins trip through Rio de Janeiro

1886William Ewart Gladstone introduces the first Irish Home Rule Bill into the British House of Commons.

1941Joe Louis TKOs Tony Musto in 9 for heavyweight boxing title

1943U.S. President Franklin 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 to common carriers and public utilities.

1953Jomo Kenyatta convicted of involvement with Mau Mau and sentenced to 7 years in Kenya

196335th Academy Awards - "Lawrence of Arabia", Anne Bancroft & Gregory Peck win

1966AFL chooses 36 year old Al Davis as commissioner

1968Gangsters Henry Hill and Jimmy Burke commit the Air France robbery, stealing $420,000

1974Hammerin' Hank Aaron hits 715th HR, breaking Babe Ruth's record in Atlanta

1986Clint Eastwood elected mayor of Carmel California, Make his day

199054th Golf Masters Championship: Nick Faldo wins, shooting a 278

1994Darryl Strawberry enters Betty Ford clinic

1995Oliver McCall beats Larry Holmes in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

200165th Golf Masters Championship: Tiger Woods wins, shooting a 272

2012Pope Benedict XVI calls for an end to Syrian blood shed in papal Easter message

2014Mike Babcock wins his 414th career game as head coach of the Detroit Red Wings, becoming the winningest coach in Red Wings history (passing Jack Adams)

On This Day In History
Date Event
Apr 8, 217
Roman Emperor Caracalla is assassinated (and succeeded) by his Praetorian Guard prefect, Marcus Opellius Macrinus. 
Apr 8, 1093
The new Winchester Cathedral is dedicated by Walkelin. 
Apr 8, 1139
Roger II of Sicily is excommunicated. 
Apr 8, 1149
Pope Eugene III takes refuge in the castle of Ptolemy II of Tusculum. 
Apr 8, 1195
Alexius III Angelus drives out brother Isaak II as Byzantine emperor 
Apr 8, 1271
In Syria, sultan Baybars conquers the Krak of Chevaliers (a fortress near Homs). 
Apr 8, 1341
Francesco Petrarca crowned in Rome 
Apr 8, 1378
Bartolomeo Prignano elected as Pope Urban VI 
Apr 8, 1455
Alfonso de Borgia elected as Pope Callistus III 
Apr 8, 1500
Battle at Novara: King Louis XII beats duke Ludovico Sforza 
Apr 8, 1513
Explorer Juan Ponce de Leon claimed Florida for Spain 
Apr 8, 1730
1st Jewish congregation in US forms synagogue, "Shearith Israel, NYC" 
Apr 8, 1759
British troops chase French out of Masulipatam India 
Apr 8, 1766
1st fire escape patented, wicker basket on a pulley & chain 
Apr 8, 1767
Ayutthaya kingdom falls to Burmese invaders. 
Apr 8, 1781
Premiere of Mozart's violin sonata K379 
Apr 8, 1783
Catharina II of Russia annexes the Crimea. [What goes around comes around.] 
Apr 8, 1789
First meeting of the US House of Representatives 
Apr 8, 1796
Carl Friedrich Gauss, German mathematician, proves the quadratic reciprocity law (the ability to determine the solvability of any quadratic equation in modular arithmetic) 
Apr 8, 1801
Soldiers riot in Bucharest, kill 128 Jews 
Apr 8, 1802
French Protestant church becomes state-supported & -controlled 
Apr 8, 1808
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Baltimore was promoted to an archdiocese, with the founding of the dioceses of New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Bardstown (now Louisville) by Pope Pius VII. 
Apr 8, 1820
The Venus de Milo is discovered on the Aegean island of Melos. 
Apr 8, 1832
Charles Darwin begins trip through Rio de Janeiro 
Apr 8, 1838
Steamship "Great Western" maiden voyage (Bristol, England, to NYC) 
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