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April 8th In Pop Culture History

1730 - Shearith Israel, the first synagogue in New York City, was dedicated.

1820 - The Venus de Milo statue was discovered on the Aegean island of Melos.

1838 (Tornado) Calcutta, India.

1873 - The first commercially successful margarine manufacturing process was Patented (No. 137,564) by Alfred Paraf of New York.

1879 - "Fire Escape Ladder" was Patented (#214,224) by J.R. Winters.

1879 - Echo Farms Dairy Co. of New York sold milk in glass bottles for the first time in the US.

April 8, 19** Birthday (fictional) Alfred Pennyworth, Batman, DC Comics

1952 - US President Harry Truman announced the seizure of all domestic steel mills to prevent a nationwide strike.

1953 - Man in the Dark, the first 3D motion picture produced and released by a major company, opened at the Globe Theater in New York City.

1959 - A team of computer manufacturers, users, and university people led by Grace Hopper met to discuss the creation of a new programming language, leading to COBOL.

1964 - Gemini 1, an unmanned test flight, was launched.

April 8, 1968 Birthday (fictional) Chandler Bing, Friends, TV

1988 - #1 Hit April 8, 1989 - April 14, 1989: Roxette - The Look

1990 - Twin Peaks premiered on ABC

1994 - Lead Singer of Nirvana, Kurt Cobain was found dead, having committed suicide three days earlier.

2000 - #1 Hit April 8, 2000 - June 16, 2000: Santana featuring The Product G&B - Maria Maria

2005 - Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph agreed to plead guilty. A security guard named Richard Jewell was initially considered the prime suspect in the case.

2006 - #1 Hit April 8, 2006 - May 12, 2006: Daniel Powter - Bad Day

April 8th Celebrity Birthdays

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Conquistador, Juan Ponce de Leon (1460)
Actor, Walter Connolly (1887)
Actress, Mary Pickford (1892, d.1979)
Actress, Grace Cunard (1893)
Actress, Ilka Chase (1903)
Actor, George Baxter (1905)
Ice skater/actress, Sonja Henie (1912)
Actress, Maria Felix (1914)
U.S. First Lady, Betty Ford (1918, d.2011)
Musician, Carmen McRae (1920)
Actor, Alfie Bass (1921)
Actress, Virginia O'Brien (1921)
Actor, Edward Mulhare (1923)
Cartoonist, George Fisher (1923, d.2003)
Actor, Shecky Greene (1925)
Actor, Eric Porter (1928)
Actor, John Gavin (1928)
Musician, Monty Sunshine (1928)
Actor, Jacques Brel (1929)
Actress, Dorothy Tutin (1930)
TV host, John Bartholomew (1930)
Actor, Klaus Lowitsch (1936)
Actress, Lory Patrick (1938)
Musician, Peggy Lennon (1941)
Fashion designer, Vivienne Westwood (1941)
Director, Douglas Trumbull (1942)
Musician, Roger Chapman (1942)
Actor, Robby Weaver (1943)
Actor, Hywel Bennett (1944)
Comedian, Stuart Pankin (1946)
Actor, Tim Thomerson (1946)
Actress, Cindy Pickett (1947)
Director, Hsiao-hsien Hou (1947)
Musician, Steve Howe (1947)
Bank robber, Robert Alan Litchfield (1948)
Actor, Gerald McRaney (1948)
Director, John Madden (1949)
Musician, Adam Woods (1952)
Actor, John Schneider (1954)
Actor, Kane Hodder (1955)
Actress, Christine Boisson (1956)
Actor, Jim Piddock (1956)
Reality TV star, Richard Hatch (1961)
Musician, Izzy Stradlin (1962)
Musician, Julian Lennon (1963)
Musician, Biz Markie (1964)
Actress, Robin Wright Penn (1966)
Actor, Arwyn Davies (1967)
Actress, Patricia Arquette (1968)
Musician, Paul Gray (1972, d.2010)
Actor, Sung Kang (1972)
Actress, Emma Caulfield (1973)
Musician, Chino XL (1974)
Navy SEAL sniper, Chris Kyle (1974, d.2013)
Musician, Anouk (1975)
Computer programmer, Mark Spencer (1977)
Actress, Ana de la Reguera (1978)
Actress, Rachel Roberts (1978)
Musician, Alexi Leiho (1979)
Musician, Manuel Ortega (1980)
Actress, Katee Sackhoff (1980)
Model, Taylor Kitsch (1981)
Actor, Adrian Bellani (1983)
Actor, Taran Noah Smith (1984)
Model, Júlia Liptáková (1984)
Actress, Kristen Storms (1984)
Actress, Erika Sawajiri (1986)
Actress, Shelby Young (1992)
Actor, Trent Sullivan (1993)
Avoid alliteration.

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