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This Day in History for April 8

1838 – Steamship “Great Western” makes her maiden voyage from Bristol, England to New York.

1862 – John D. Lynde patents aerosol dispenser.

1869 – American Museum of Natural History opens in New York City.

1879 – Milk sold in glass bottles for 1st time.

1910 – 1st race at the Playa Del Ray Motordrome near Los Angeles begins (1st US auto speedway)

1913 – 17th amendment requiring direct election of US Senators, ratified.

1935 – Bartoks 5th String quartet premieres in Washington, D.C.

1935 – Works Progress Administration (WPA) approved by Congress.

1943 – U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt, in an attempt to check inflation, freezes wages and prices, prohibits workers from changing jobs unless the war effort would be aided thereby, and bars rate increases to common carriers and public utilities.

1952 – US President Harry Truman seizes steel mills to avert a strike.

1956 – 6 marine recruits drown during exercise at Paradise Island, South Carolina.

1960 – US Senate passes Civil Rights Bill with measures against discriminatory voting practices.

1966 – Time magazine publishes its “Is God Dead” issue – its first issue without an image.

1971 – 1st legal off-track betting system begins (OTB-New York)

1983 – In front of a live audience of 20 tourists, David Copperfield makes the Statue of Liberty disappear.

1991 – “Gunsmoke” star Michael Landon announces he has inoperable cancer of the pancreas.

1994 – Smoking banned in Pentagon & all US military bases.

2000 – Nineteen US Marines are killed when a V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft crashes near Marana, Arizona.

2004 – U.S. National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice testifies before the 9/11 Commission.

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