It is Saturday, the 8th of April, the 98th day of the year 2023. There are 267 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
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.
In 1513, the explorer Juan Ponce de Leon and his maritime expedition began to explore Florida.
In 1864, the United States Senate, 38-6, repealed slavery in the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution. (The House of Representatives passed it in January 1865; the amendment was approved and carried in December 1865).
In 1911, an explosion at the Flag Coal Mine in Littleton, Alabama claimed the lives of 128 people, most believed to be convicts from prisons.
In 1913, the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, by popular election of US senators (as opposed to appointment by state legislatures), was ratified. President Woodrow Wilson became the first chief executive since John Adams to address Congress in person urging advocates for tariff reform.
In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered a wage and price freeze to fight inflation.
In 1952, President Harry S. Truman seized the American steel industry to warn of a national strike. (The Supreme Court later ruled that Truman had exceeded his authority, paving the way for a seven-week strike by the ironworkers.)
In 1973, the artist Pablo Picasso died in Mougins (MOO’-zhun), France, at the age of 91.
In 1990, Ryan White, a teenage aid patient whose fight for national acceptance had been attempted, died in Indianapolis at the age of 18.
In 1992, tennis great Arthur Ashe announced in a New York news conference that he had AIDS (Ashe the following February from 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, the 76th day was raised in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the global pandemic began; Residents must use the grocery store app showing that they have not been in recent contact with anyone confirmed to have the virus.
Ten years ago: President Barack Obama warned Congress not to use a moratorium on anti-gun laws and told the families of the Sandy Hook School shooting victims on a visit to Hartford, Connecticut, that it was “always a decision” to honor their children. tougher laws Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died at 87 in London. Actress and former Disney “Mouseketeer” Annette Funicello, 70, died in Bakersfield, California. Rick Pitino, who was inducted in Louisville’s NCAA championship game, was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame along with former NBA stars Bernard King and Gary Payton, former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian, North Carolina women’s coach Sylvia Hatchell, former University of Houston. coach Guy Lewis and former University of Virginia star Aurora Staley.
Five years ago: Patrick Reed won the Masters golf tournament for his first victory in a major, after recently recalling the challenges of Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth. Chuck McCann, the zany comedian who hosted a children’s TV show in the 1960s, as well as an actor in films and on TV, has died in a Los Angeles hospital of congestive heart failure; he was 83
One year later: Ukrainian authorities said a missile struck a train station where thousands of people had flocked to flee in eastern Ukraine, killing at least 50 people. Pictures from the scene showed bodies covered in tar on the ground and the remains of a rocket with the words “For the children” painted on it in Russian. Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, tearfully embracing the nation’s historic moment, said his affirmation on the day before the first black woman to the US Supreme Court showed progress, stating, “I did it to all of us.” “The motion picture academy banned Will Smith from attending the Oscars or any other academy event for 10 years following Chris Rock’s slap at the Academy Awards.
Today’s Birthdays: Comedian Shecky Greene is 97. Author and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Seymour Hersh is 86. “Mouseketeer” Darlene Gillespie is 82. Singer Peggy Lennon is 82. Songwriter-producer Leon Huff is 81. Actor Stuart Pankin is 77. Rock musician Steve Howe (Sic) is 76. Former Republican House Speaker Tom DeLay is 76. Mobile director John Madden is 74. Rock musician Mel Schacher (Grand Funk Railroad) is 72. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., is 68. Actor John Schneider is 63. “Survivor” winner Richard Hatch is 62. Rock musician Izzy Stradlin is 61. Singer Julian Lennon is 60. Actor Dean Norris is 60. Rock singer musician Donita Actor Robin Wright is 57. Actor Patricia Arquette is 55. Actor JR Bourne is 53. Rock singer Craig Honeycutt (All) is 53. Rock music Darren Jessee (Ben Folds Five) is 52. Actor Emma Caulfield Actor Katee Sackhoff is 43. Actor Taylor Kitsch is 42. Rock musician Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend) is 39. Actor Taran Noah Smith is 39. Actor Kirsten Tempest is 39. Actor Sadie Calvano is 26.