On This Day In History, 8 April


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World Events Today

  • Winchester Cathedral, one of the largest cathedrals in Europe, was consecrated today in 1079
  • The former Hollywood star Clint Eastwood, was elected mayor of Carmel, California, today in 1986
  • The bodies of 8 men were found in a field in Ontario, Canada, today in 2006, the gang related incident became known as the “Shedden massacre”

Entertainment Events Today

  • Sandie Shaw, representing the United Kingdom, won the 12th Eurovision Song Contest today in 1967, she sang Puppet on a String
  • The American magician David Copperfield, in front of a live audience, made the Statue of Liberty disappear today in 1983

Family Events Today

  • The Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, died today in 1973 aged 91
  • The United States Army General Omar Nelson Bradley, a key commander during World War 2, died today in 1981 aged 88
  • Margaret Thatcher, also known as the Iron Lady, who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990, died today in 2013 aged 87

Main Event Today

  • The ancient Greek statue, the Venus de Milo, was discovered today in 1820

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Zoo Lovers Day

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