Lost and Found – April 8th Edition

What to remember about April 8th…

  • 1778  John Adams arrives in Paris to join diplomatic mission
  • 1884  Confederate forces halt Union’s Red River campaign to invade Texas from Louisiana with rout at Battle of Mansfield
  • 1895  Supreme Court of the United States declares unapportioned income tax to be unconstitutional in Pollock v. Farmers’ Loan & Trust Co.
  • 1913  With passage in Connecticut, 17th Amendment to the Constitution is ratified; direct election of Senators required by all states
  • 1935  Works Progress Administration is created as Congress passes President Roosevelt’s “New Deal”
  • 1945  Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Lutheran minister and vocal opponent of Hitler, is hanged just days before Flossenberg prison camp liberated by Allies
  • 1954  President Truman orders seizure of all steel mills to avoid strike
  • 1974  African-American baseball player Hank Aaron breaks Babe Ruth’s home run record with his 715th career home run
  • 1994  Body of Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain is found of apparent suicide in his home; many fans blame girlfriend Courtney Love for his death
  • 2005  Serial bomber Eric Robert Rudolph agrees to plead guilty in exchange for 4 life sentences; placed bombs at Atlanta Olympics, abortion clinics, and nightclubs and then eluded police for eight years
  • 2013 Baroness Margaret Hilda Thatcher, the “Iron Lady”, Britain’s 1st female Prime Minister dies of a stroke (b. 1925)


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