On April 8…

536 B.C. – Buddha (Gautama Shakyamuni Buddha) was born in India.

1834 – Cornelius Lawrence became the first mayor to be elected by popular vote in a city election.  The voters of New York City decided to make him mayor.

1873 – Alfred Paraf of New York City patented the first successful oleomargarine.

1892 – Silent movie star Mary Pickford was born in Toronto, Canada.


1935 – Congress votes to approve President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration (WPA).


1953 – Jomo Kenyatta, leader of the Kenyan independence movement, was convicted by Kenya’s British rulers of leading the extremist Mau Mau in their violence against White settlers and the colonial government.


1969 – The Montreal Expos and the New York Mets played in Shea Stadium in New York in the first international baseball game in the major leagues.


1971 – Chicago became the first rock group to play Carnegie Hall in New York City.


1974 – Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s home run record by collecting his 715th home run at Atlanta’s Fulton County Stadium.  Aaron finished his career two years later with 755 home runs; a record that still stands.


1986 – Actor Clint Eastwood was elected mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, in a landslide victory, receiving 72.5% of the vote.


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