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April 8 Historical Events

The following events took place on April 8. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 58 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 217
    Roman Emperor Caracalla is assassinated. He is succeeded by his Praetorian Guard prefect, Marcus Opellius Macrinus.
  • 632
    King Charibert II is assassinated at Blaye (Gironde), along with his infant son Chilperic.
  • 876
    The Battle of Dayr al-'Aqul saves Baghdad from the Saffarids.
  • 1093
    The new Winchester Cathedral is dedicated by Walkelin.
  • 1139
    Roger II of Sicily is excommunicated.
  • 1149
    Pope Eugene III takes refuge in the castle of Ptolemy II of Tusculum.
  • 1232
    Mongol–Jin War: The Mongols begin their siege on Kaifeng, the capital of the Jin dynasty.
  • 1271
    In Syria, sultan Baibars conquers the Krak des Chevaliers.
  • 1665
    English colonial patents are granted for the establishment of the Monmouth Tract, for what would eventually become Monmouth County in northeastern New Jersey.
  • 1730
    Shearith Israel, the first synagogue in New York City, is dedicated.
  • 1740
    War of Jenkins’ Ear: Three British ships capture the Spanish third-rate Princesa, taken into service as HMS Princess.
  • 1808
    The Roman Catholic Diocese of Baltimore is promoted to an archdiocese, with the founding of the dioceses of New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Bardstown (now Louisville) by Pope Pius VII.
  • 1820
    The Venus de Milo is discovered on the Aegean island of Milos.
  • 1832
    Black Hawk War: Around three-hundred United States 6th Infantry troops leave St. Louis, Missouri to fight the Sauk Native Americans.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: Battle of Mansfield: Union forces are thwarted by the Confederate army at Mansfield, Louisiana.
  • 1866
    Italy and Prussia ally against the Austrian Empire.
  • 1886
    William Ewart Gladstone introduces the first Irish Home Rule Bill into the British House of Commons.
  • 1895
    In Pollock v. Farmers’ Loan & Trust Co. the Supreme Court of the United States declares unapportioned income tax to be unconstitutional.
  • 1904
    The French Third Republic and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland sign the Entente cordiale.
  • 1904
    British mystic Aleister Crowley transcribes the first chapter of The Book of the Law.
  • 1904
    Longacre Square in Midtown Manhattan is renamed Times Square after The New York Times.
  • 1906
    Auguste Deter, the first person to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, dies.
  • 1908
    Harvard University votes to establish the Harvard Business School.
  • 1911
    Dutch physicist Heike Kamerlingh Onnes discovers superconductivity.
  • 1913
    The 17th Amendment to the United States Constitution, requiring direct election of Senators, becomes law.
  • 1916
    In Corona, California, race car driver Bob Burman crashes, killing three (including himself), and badly injuring five spectators.
  • 1918
    World War I: Actors Douglas Fairbanks and Charlie Chaplin sell war bonds on the streets of New York City’s financial district.
  • 1924
    Sharia courts are abolished in Turkey, as part of Atatürk’s Reforms.
  • 1929
    Indian independence movement: At the Delhi Central Assembly, Bhagat Singh and Batukeshwar Dutt throw handouts and bombs to court arrest.
  • 1935
    The Works Progress Administration is formed when the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act of 1935 becomes law.

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