April 8 in Pop Culture History

April 8 Fun Facts, Trivia and History

April 8 History Highlights

  • 1820 – Created nearly 2,000 years earlier, the Venus de Milo staue was discovered on the Aegean island of Milos.
  • 1974 – Henry Aaron hit his 715th Home Run, beating Babe Ruth’s record of 714.
  • 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.
  • If you were born on April 8th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… July 16th (prior year)

Seventeenth Amendment to the United States Constitution

Passed on April 8, 1913.
The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. The electors in each State shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the State legislatures.

When vacancies happen in the representation of any State in the Senate, the executive authority of such State shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies: Provided, That the legislature of any State may empower the executive thereof to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the legislature may direct.

This amendment shall not be so construed as to affect the election or term of any Senator chosen before it becomes valid as part of the Constitution

April 8 is…

Empanada Day
Dog Fighting Awareness Day
Draw a Picture of a Bird Day
Milk in Glass Bottles Day
Zoo Lover’s Day

April 8 Birthday Quotes

“The world never puts a price on you higher than the one you put on yourself.”
– Sonja Henie

“Today is a new day. You will get out of it just what you put into it…If you have made mistakes, even serious mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down.”
– Mary Pickford

“Blues is to jazz what yeast is to bread–without it, it’s flat.”
– Carmen McRae

“They say I look and sound ugly but I don’t be carin’.”
– Biz Markie

“Nothing changes, until you change. Everything changes, once you change.”
– Julian Lennon

April 8 Birthdays

1892 – Mary Pickford, Canadian-American actress and producer, co-founded United Artists (died in 1979)
1896 – Yip Harburg, American composer (died in 1981)
1912 – Sonja Henie, Norwegian-American figure skater and actress (died in 1969)
1918 – Betty Ford (Elizabeth Bloomer), 40th American First Lady (died in 2011)
1922 – Carmen McRae, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actress (died in 1994)
1926 – Shecky Greene, American comedic actor
1942 – Douglas Trumbull, American special effects artist
1947 – Steve Howe, English guitarist/songwriter
1949 – Brenda Russell, African-American-Canadian singer/songwriter
1960 – John Schneider, American actor
1963 – Julian Lennon, English singer-songwriter
1964 – Biz Markie, American rapper
1966 – Robin Wright, American actress
1968 – Patricia Arquette, French-Canadian Russian/Polish Jewish-American actress
1973 – Emma Caulfield, American actress
1980 – Katee Sackhoff, American actress
1984 – Ezra Koenig, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1984 – Taran Noah Smith, American actor
1990 – Kim Jong-hyun, South Korean singer-songwriter, 27 club (died in 2017)

April 8 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 – A “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.

1911 – Dutch physicist Heike Kamerlingh Onnes discovered superconductivity.

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, 1989April 14, 1989: Roxette – The Look

1990 – Twin Peaks premiered on ABC

1992 – Retired tennis great Arthur Ashe announces that he had AIDS, acquired from blood transfusions during one of his two heart surgeries.

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

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

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

“Hallo. Vould you like a roll in ze hay? It’s fun. Roll, roll, roll in ze hay.” – Inga #moviequotes

Han shot first. #true

“I’m not a crook!” – Richard Nixon

Arby’s isn’t named after the RB in Roast Beef, but rather the initials of the Raffel Brothers (R.B.) who founded the franchise.

Bono – Real Name: Paul Hewson

“Million dollar ideas are a dime a dozen. The determination to see the idea through is what’s priceless.” – Robert Dieffenbach

When the years switch to 5 digits, will years be displayed with a comma? #planningahead

Crayola means ‘oily chalk’, from the words ‘craie’ (French for ‘chalk’) and ‘ola’ for ‘oleaginous’ or ‘oily’.

Biggest film of 2007: Spider-Man 3 (Action/Adventure) earned ~ $336,000,000

TV Quotes… “Come on down!” (Johnny Olson) on “The Price is Right”

Whoever invented knock knock jokes should get a no bell prize.

“Open the pod bay doors please, Hal.” – David Bowman (Keir Dullea) #moviequotes

Sheldon Cooper would hate a show like The Big Bang Theory.

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