Today in History
Today is Friday, April 8, the 98th day of 2022. There are 267 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in the story:
On April 8, 1974, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hit his 715th career home run in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, breaking Babe Ruth’s record.
To this date :
In 1513, explorer Juan Ponce de Leon and his expedition began exploring the Florida coastline.
In 1864, the United States Senate adopted, 38 votes against 6, the 13th amendment to the American Constitution abolishing slavery. (The House of Representatives passed it in January 1865; the amendment was ratified and passed in December 1865.)
In 1911, an explosion at the Banner colliery in Littleton, Alabama claimed the lives of 128 men, most of them convicts released from prison.
In 1913, the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, providing for popular election of U.S. senators (as opposed to nomination by state legislatures), was ratified. Chairman Woodrow Wilson became the first chief executive since John Adams to address Congress in person as he urged lawmakers to pass tariff reform.
In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered a wage and price freeze to fight inflation.
In 1952, President Harry S. Truman took over America’s steel industry to avert a nationwide strike. (The Supreme Court later ruled that Truman exceeded his authority, setting the stage for a seven-week strike by steelworkers.)
In 1973, artist Pablo Picasso died in Mougins (MOO’-zhun), France, at the age of 91.
In 1990, Ryan White, the teenager with AIDS whose battle for acceptance had captured national attention, died in Indianapolis at the age of 18.
In 1992, tennis great Arthur Ashe announced at a press conference in New York that he had AIDS (Ashe died the following February of AIDS-related pneumonia at the age of 49) .
In 1993, singer Marian Anderson died in Portland, Oregon at the age of 96.
In 2010, President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed the New START treaty in Prague.
In 2020, a 76-day lockdown was lifted in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the global pandemic began; residents should use a smartphone app showing they had not had recent contact with anyone confirmed to have the virus. Senator Bernie Sanders has ended his presidential bid, making Joe Biden the presumptive Democratic nominee to challenge President Donald Trump.
Ten years ago: A UN-brokered plan to stop the bloodshed in Syria effectively crumbled after President Bashar Assad’s government raised new last-minute demands that the world’s largest rebel group country quickly rejected. The United States and Afghanistan have signed an agreement giving Afghans authority over raids on Afghan homes, resolving one of the most contentious issues between the two wartime allies. Bubba Watson saved pine straw par and won the Masters on the second hole of a playoff against Louis Oosthuizen (WUHST’-hy-zen).
Five years ago: Immigrant workers at the famed Tom Cat Bakery in New York City, threatened with firing if they failed to produce legal work documents, gathered outside President Donald Trump’s Manhattan home.
A year ago: Medical experts testifying at the murder trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin say George Floyd died of lack of oxygen after being pinned to the sidewalk with a knee on his neck , flatly rejecting the defense theory that Floyd’s drug use and underlying health conditions killed him. American author John Naisbitt, whose 1982 bestseller “Megatrends” was published in dozens of countries, has died in Austria aged 92.
Today’s birthdays: Comedian Shecky Greene turns 96. Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Seymour Hersh is 85. “Mouseketeer” Darlene Gillespie is 81 years old. Singer Peggy Lennon (The Lennon Sisters) is 81 years old. Singer-songwriter-producer Leon Huff is 80 years old. Actor Stuart Pankin is 76 years old. Rock musician Steve Howe is 75 years old. Former House Republican leader Tom DeLay is 75. Director John Madden is 73 years old. Rock musician Mel Schacher (Grand Funk Railroad) is 71 years old. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., is 67. Actor John Schneider is 62. Richard Hatch, the winner of “Survivor”, is 61 years old. Rock musician Izzy Stradlin is 60 years old. Singer Julian Lennon is 59 years old. Actor Dean Norris is 59 years old. Singer and rock musician Donita Sparks is 59 years old. Actor Robin Wright is 56 years old. Actor Patricia Arquette is 54 years old. Actor JR Bourne is 52 years old. Rock singer Craig Honeycutt (Everything) is 52. Rock musician Darren Jessee is 51 years old. Actor Emma Caulfield is 49 years old. Actor Katee Sackhoff is 42 years old. Actor Taylor Kitsch is 41 years old. -the musician Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend) is 38 years old. Actor Taran Noah Smith is 38 years old. Kirsten Storms is 38 years old. Actor Sadie Calvano is 25 years old.
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