Today's History Trivia for April 8
2014 Windows XP Microsoft will stop all support of the XP operating system.
1994 Smoking Smoking is banned in U.S. military workplaces, including the Pentagon.
1991 Willie Shoemaker Horse racing's all-time victory leader loses control of his vehicle while driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.13 percent. The wreck left him a quadriplegic, for which he successfully sued Ford Motor Co. (1993) for $1,000,000.
1989 One-Handed Pitcher Jim Abbott makes his Major League debut, for the California Angels. In 1993, he would pitch a no-hitter for the New York Yankees against Cleveland (4-0).
1988 Televangelist Jimmy Swaggart is defrocked by the Assemblies of God church after refusing to accept their punishment for the unnamed sins he had admitted to.
1986 Clint Eastwood is elected mayor of Carmel, California.
1983 David Copperfield makes the Statue of Liberty disappear.
1981 A Japanese freighter sinks after colliding with an American submarine in the East China Sea.
1974 Hank Aaron The baseball legend hits his 715th home run, breaking Babe Ruth's record.
1971 First legal off-track betting system in the U.S. opens in New York City.
1968 Vietnam War - Battle of Khe Sanh The attack on the U.S. Marine base near Laos ends. It was one of the largest sieges of the war.
1966 Is God Dead? Time magazine asks the controversial question on its cover.
1950 First NBA championship The first game between the Minneapolis Lakers and the Syracuse Nationals takes place. The Lakers went on to win four games to two.
1913 17th Amendment ratified defined the election of U.S. Senators.
1879 Milk Bottles First milk sold in glass bottles in the U.S. (Echo Farms Dairy Co. of New York).
Today's Birthdays for April 8
1963 Julian Lennon British singer, son of John Lennon.
1961 Richard Hatch American Survivor. He was the winner of the first U.S. version of Survivor. In 2006, he was sentenced to prison for not paying taxes on his Survivor winnings. Writings: 101 Survival Secrets.
1960 John Schneider American actor. TV: The Dukes of Hazzard (Bo Duke).
1941 Peggy Lennon American singer, one of the Lennon Sisters. She and her sisters were a mainstay of The Lawrence Welk Show during the 50's and 60's.
1937 Seymour Hersh American Pulitzer-winning reporter who broke the My Lai Massacre story while working for the New York Times.
1925 Shecky Greene American comedian. TV: Combat (Pvt. Braddock).
1918 Betty Ford d. 2011 (Elizabeth Ann Bloomer), American First Lady (1974-77), founder of the Betty Ford Clinic (1982).
1912 Sonja Henie d. 1969 Norwegian figure skater, actress. A 10-time world champion (1927-36), she won the Norwegian championship at age 11, the world title at age 13, and Olympic gold medals in 1928, 1932, and 1936.
1904 Sir John Richard Hicks d. 1989 British Nobel-winning economist. He won the 1972 Nobel Prize for demonstrating that economic equilibrium is achieved by the interaction of forces that cancel each other out.
1892 Mary Pickford d. 1979 (Gladys Louise Smith), Canadian-born American Oscar-winning silent film actress, "America's Sweetheart." She was a co-founder of United Artists (1919).
1875 Albert I d. 1934 King of Belgium (1909-34). He was killed while mountain climbing.
1818 Christian IX d. 1906 King of Denmark (1863-1906).
1818 August von Hofmann d. 1892 German chemist. His work established the synthetic dye industry.
Deaths for April 8
2013 Annette Funicello b. 1942 American actress, Mouseketeer and star of 1960s Beach Party movies.
1996 Benjamin Eisenstadt b. 1906 American inventor. He originated the idea of individual-sized sugar packets for use in restaurants and he and his son Marvin invented "Sweet'N Low" artificial sweetener (1957). The musical-scale logo for Sweet'N Low received Federal Trademark Registration No. 1,000,000.
1993 Marian Anderson b. 1902 American opera singer, first black artist to entertain at the White House (1939) and the first black to perform at the New York Metropolitan Opera (1954).
1990 Ryan White b. 1971 American AIDS victim. He became a national symbol when he was barred from the Indiana public school system (1985).
1981 Omar Nelson Bradley b. 1893 American World War II hero, the last U.S. five-star general. He commanded the 12th Army - the largest U.S. force ever commanded by a single person - and served 69 years on active duty, the longest ever served by a U.S. soldier.
1973 Pablo Ruiz Picasso b. 1881 Spanish artist, considered the greatest artist of the 20th century. His last words were "Drink to me," which Paul McCartney used in a song about his death.
1919 Frank W. Woolworth b. 1852 American businessman, founder of Woolworths (1879). His first store failed within three months, but he tried again and the rest is history.
1861 Elisha Graves Otis b. 1811 American inventor of the modern safety elevator (1852), with a device to protect passengers in case the cable broke. He also patented a steam driven elevator (1860).