Today in History
What happened today in history?
Today is April 8. A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred today in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened this day in history.
This day in History
Frank Robinson of the Cleveland Indians becomes first black manager of a major league baseball team.
Hank Aaron hits his 715th home run, breaking Babe Ruth’s record.
Bay of Pigs invaders get thirty years imprisonment in Cuba.
President Truman orders the seizure of U.S. steel mills to prevent a strike.
The Soviets open a rail link to the besieged city of Leningrad.
Italy invades Albania.
The Works Progress Administration (WPA) is approved by Congress.
The 17th Amendment is ratified, requiring direct election of senators.
British General Horatio Kitchener defeats the Khalifa, leader of the dervishes in Sudan, at the Battle of Atbara.
General Robert E. Lee‘s retreat is cut off near Appomattox Court House.
In the Battle of Mansfield, Louisiana, Federals are routed by Confederate Gen. Richard Taylor.
Some 300 American troops of the 6th Infantry leave Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, to confront the Sauk Indians in what would become known as the Black Hawk War.
The U.S. House of Representatives holds its first meeting.