1774 ~ Kaspar Anton Karl van Beethoven the brother of Ludwig van Beethoven was born on the 8th April 1774 (died 15th November 1815).
1820 ~ Venus de Milo was discovered on the Aegean island of Melos on the 8th April 1820.
1904 ~ Longacre Square in Midtown Manhattan was renamed Times Square on the 8th April 1904, after The New York Times.
1906 ~ Auguste Deter the first person to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, died on the 8th April 1906.
1911 ~ Heike Kamerlingh Onnes the Dutch physicist discovered superconductivity on the 8th April 1911.
1918 ~ Charlie Chaplin & Douglas Fairbanks sold war bonds for World War I on the streets of New York City’s financial district on the 8th April 1918.
1947 ~ Steve Howe the English guitarist and songwriter from Yes and Asia was born on the 8th April 1947.
1959 ~ Grace Hopper led a team of computer manufacturers, users, and university people to discuss the creation of a new programming language on the 8th April 1959, that would be later called COBOL.
1962 ~ Evan Davis the English journalist, economist and presenter for the BBC was born on the 8th April 1962. Evan Davis is well known as the presenter for the BBC venture-capitalist programme Dragons’ Den.
1963 ~ Julian Lennon the English singer-songwriter, actor, and photographer was born on the 8th April 1963.
1966 ~ Charlotte Dawson the New Zealand-Australian television host was born on the 8th April 1966.
1973 ~ Pablo Picasso the Spanish painter and sculptor died while drawing in his bed, in Mougins, France on the 8th April 1973 aged 91 (born in Málaga, Spain 25th October 1881). Picasso official website: www.Picasso.fr | YouTube video: The Power of Art – Picasso (complete episode)…
1975 ~ Anouk the Dutch singer was born on the 8th April 1975.
1992 ~ Arthur Ashe the retired tennis great announced that he had AIDS on the 8th April 1992, due to a blood transfusions during one of his two heart surgeries.
2005 ~ The Funeral of Pope John Paul II was attended by over 4 million people on the 8th April 2005.
2008 ~ Bahrain World Trade Centre become the World’s first building to integrate wind turbines with its completion on the 8th April 2008.
Today in History for April 8th ~ video presented by the Associated Press…