ON THIS DAY IN RECENT HISTORY ~ April 8
1879 - Milk is sold in glass bottles for 1st time.
1892 - Mary Pickford, [Gladys Smith], actress (Poor Little Rich Girl), is born.
1893 - The Critic reports that ice cream soda is our national drink.
1914 - US & Colombia sign a treaty concerning Panama Canal Zone.
1918 - Betty Ford, First Lady of the United States, is born.
1925 - Shecky Greene, Chicago Ill, comedian/actor (Love Machine, Combat), is born.
1931- John Gavin, LA California, actor (Back Street, Psycho, Murder for Sale) is born.
1941 - Joe Louis TKOs Tony Musto in 9 for heavyweight boxing title.
1941 - Original Mouseketeer Darlene Gillespie is born in Montreal, Canada.
1941 - Peggy Lennon, LA California, singer (Lennon Sisters), is born.
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.
1950 - "Miss Liberty" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 308 performances.
1960 - John Schneider, Mt Kisco NY, actor (Bo-Dukes of Hazzard), is born.
John Schneider on Dukes of Hazzard
1963 - 35th Academy Awards - "Lawrence of Arabia," A Bancroft & G Peck win.
1963 - Julian Lennon, John's son/singer (Too Late for Goodbyes), is born.
1964 - The Supremes record "Where Did Our Love Go." The song will be their first No. 1 single.
1966 - Robin Wright Penn, Dallas Tx, actress (Santa Barbara, Princess Bride, Forrest Gump), is born.
1968 - The Petula Clark TV special "Petula" airs on NBC.
1971 - 1st legal off-track betting system begins (OTB-New York).
1971 – The band Chicago becomes the first rock group to sell out a week of shows at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
1973 – Pablo Picasso, Spanish/French painter (Guernica), dies at 91.
1973 - Disneyland's Main Street Opera House debuts The Walt Disney Story (presented by Gulf Oil) with special guest Mrs. Lillian Disney Truyens (Walt’s widow).
1974 - Hammerin' Hank Aaron hits 715th HR, breaks Babe Ruth's record.
1975 - 47th Academy Awards - "Godfather II," Ellen Burstyn & Art Carney win.
1975 - Aerosmith releases "Toys in the Attic."
1979 - 204th & final episode of "All in the Family."
1979 - Van Halen begins their first world tour.
1981 - Omar Bradley, last US 5-star general, (Normandy) dies in NY at 88.
1983 - Danny Rapp (Danny and the Juniors) is found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He is 41.
1986 - Actor and director Clint Eastwood is elected mayor of Carmel, California. He wins by a landslide.
1990 - "Twin Peaks" with Peggy Lipton premieres on ABC-TV.
1991 - Michael Landon announces he has inoperable cancer of the pancreas.
1994 - Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) is found dead at the age of 27. He had committed suicide three days before.
1996 - Ben Johnson, cowboy actor (Tex, Dillinger), dies of heart attack at 77.
1997 - Microsoft Corp releases Internet Explorer 4.0
1998 - It is reported that Ronnie Wood (Rolling Stones) has been rescued along with 11 others after a fire broke out aboard a small boat in the islands south of Rio de Janneiro.
1998 - George Michael is released on bail. The arrest was for engaging in lewd conduct in a park restroom.
2000 - Claire Trevor, American actress (b. 1910), dies.
Claire Trevor with John Wayne in Stagecoach