Today is Wednesday, April 8, the 99th day of 2020 with 267 to follow.
The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune and Saturn. Evening stars are Uranus and Venus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Aries. They include Lewis Morris, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, in 1726; actor Mary Pickford in 1892; Olympic figure skater/actor Sonja Henie in 1912; former first lady Betty Ford in 1918; comedian Shecky Greene in 1926 (age 94); composer Jacques Brel in 1929; actor/former Ambassador to Mexico John Gavin in 1931; journalist Seymour Hersh in 1937 (age 83); former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 1938 (age 82); basketball Hall of Fame member John Havlicek in 1940; choreographer Michael Bennett in 1943; rock musician Steve Howe in 1947 (age 73); baseball Hall of Fame member Gary Carter in 1954; novelist Barbara Kingsolver in 1955 (age 65); actor/singer John Schneider in 1960 (age 60); musician Julian Lennon in 1963 (age 57); actor Robin Wright in 1966 (age 54); actor Patricia Arquette in 1968 (age 52); Navy SEAL veteran Chris Kyle in 1974; actor Taylor Kitsch in 1981 (age 39); actor Gabriella Wilde in 1989 (age 31); actor Skai Jackson in 2002 (age 18).
On this date in history:
In 1913, the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was adopted, requiring that U.S. senators be "elected by the people."
In 1952, U.S. President Harry Truman ordered government seizure of the steel industry to avoid a general strike.
In 1960, the United States Senate passed the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1960. President Dwight D. Eisenhower would sign it into law on May 6, 1960.
In 1974, Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run, breaking Babe Ruth's longstanding career record. Aaron played two more seasons, ending with 755 home runs, a total eventually surpassed by Barry Bonds, who had 762.
In 1993, Marian Anderson, the first African-American singer to appear at New York's Metropolitan Opera, died at age 91.
In 2005, about 250,000 mourners attended a 3-hour funeral mass for Pope John Paul II in Rome's St. Peter's Square while about 1 million others gathered nearby. Among those in attendance were U.S. President George W. Bush and about 100 other world leaders.
In 2008, American Airlines grounded all 300 of its MD-80 jetliners after an FAA review found faulty wiring in nine of them. Over the next five days, American canceled about 3,300 flights, disrupting travel of more than 100,000 passengers.
In 2019, several people were killed as protesters took to the streets of Sudan demanding President Omar al-Bashir.
A thought for the day: "Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants." -- U.S Gen. Omar Bradley