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This Day in History for April 8

1862 – John D Lynde patents aerosol dispenser.

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

1913 – 17th Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified by Congress, providing for election of senators by popular vote.

1935 – 2nd Augusta National Invitation Tournament (Masters) Golf: Gene Sarazen wins Monday playoff with Craig Wood by 5 strokes.

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

1941 – Joe Louis TKOs Tony Musto in 9 for heavyweight boxing title.

1942 – Arnold Schoenberg & Tudor’s ballet “Pillar of Fire” premieres in NYC.

1943 – U.S. President Franklin D. 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.

1945 – 1945 NFL Draft: Charley Trippi from University of Georgia first pick by Chicago Cardinals.

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

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

1963 – Tigers claim young pitcher Denny McLain from the White Sox for $25,000.

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

1968 – 40th Academy Awards postponed to April 10th due to death of Martin Luther King.

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

1974 – Hammerin’ Hank Aaron hits 715th HR, breaking Babe Ruth’s record in Atlanta.

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

1990 – 54th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Nick Faldo of England goes back-to-back with a par on the 2nd sudden-death playoff hole with Raymond Floyd.

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

2012 – 76th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Bubba Watson wins on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff with South African Louis Oosthuizen.

2019 – 600 million birds die each year in the US after striking tall buildings with Chicago the worst city, according to Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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