Birthdays of Monday, April 8
Comedian Shecky Greene is 87. Author and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Seymour Hersh is 76. Basketball Hall-of-Famer John Havlicek is 73. "Mouseketeer" Darlene Gillespie is 72. Rhythm-and-blues singer J.J. Jackson is 72. Singer Peggy Lennon (The Lennon Sisters) is 72. Actor John Schneider is 53. Singer Julian Lennon is 50. Rock singer-musician Donita Sparks is 50. Rapper Biz Markie is 49. Actress Robin Wright is 47. Actress Patricia Arquette is 45. Rock singer Craig Honeycutt (Everything) is 43. Rock musician Darren Jessee is 42. Actress Emma Caulfield is 40. Actress Katee Sackhoff is 33. Actor Taylor Kitsch is 32. Rock singer-musician Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend) is 29.
On April 8 in
1820 The Venus de Milo statue was discovered by a farmer on the Greek island of Milos.
1913 The 17th Amendment to the Constitution, providing for popular election of United States 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 as he asked lawmakers to enact tariff reform.
1952 President Harry S. Truman seized the American steel industry to avert a nationwide strike. (The Supreme Court later ruled that Truman had overstepped his authority, opening the way for a seven-week strike by steelworkers.)
1963 Lawrence of Arabia won the Oscar for best picture at the Academy Awards; Gregory Peck won best actor for To Kill a Mockingbird while Anne Bancroft received best actress honors for The Miracle Worker.
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.
1988 TV evangelist Jimmy Swaggart resigned from the Assemblies of God after he was defrocked for rejecting an order from the church's national leaders to stop preaching for a year amid reports he'd consorted with a prostitute.
1993 Singer Marian Anderson died in Portland, Ore., at age 96.
1994 Kurt Cobain, singer and guitarist for the grunge band Nirvana, was found dead in Seattle from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound; he was 27.
In The Star
April 8, 1938, in The Star: A violent spring storm raked the mid-South today, bringing death and damage to residents in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee. Locally, the system resulted in 4½ inches of rain in 12 hours, which inundated thousands of acres of farmland, and winds that tore the roofs off of rural structures and brought down trees and limbs. East of Oxford, four homes on the farm of Mrs. W. A. Neal lost their tops and porches early this morning, but no one was reported injured. All routes to Talladega today were blocked due to flooded roads and the Bankhead Highway was blocked between Lincoln and the Coosa River because of two feet of water over the highway at Blue Eye Creek. Traffic to Birmingham was being routed by way of Gadsden. Streets in Anniston were filled with rocks and sand washed into them by the floodwater. Homes in the vicinity of 12th Street and Boynton Avenue sustained flooding as high as two feet. Also this date: Talladega is making plans for its second annual Pilgrimage, to be held in May, when thousands of visitors are expected to view ante-bellum homes, antiques gathered in the new museum and a number of flower gardens for which the town is famous.
April 8, 1988, in The Star: Holding his first press conference ever, Calhoun County Probate Judge Arthur Murray announced yesterday that he would seek a third full six-year term. He was appointed to the job in 1975 by Gov. George Wallace and has been re-elected twice since. State Sen. Donald Holmes is challenging Murray for the post. Also this date: Construction in Anniston of Mead Ink’s 55,000-square-foot facility, now under way in the National East Industrial Park, should be complete by August. Production of overprint varnishes and relatively new water-based inks should begin in September, said plant manager Grover Garrett.