Today is Thursday, April 8, the 98th day of 2021 with 267 to follow.
The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune and Saturn. Evening stars are Mars, 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; actor María Félix in 1914; former first lady Betty Ford in 1918; comedian Shecky Greene in 1926 (age 95); composer Jacques Brel in 1929; actor/former Ambassador to Mexico John Gavin in 1931; journalist Seymour Hersh in 1937 (age 84); former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 1938 (age 83); basketball Hall of Fame member John Havlicek in 1940; choreographer Michael Bennett in 1943; rock musician Steve Howe in 1947 (age 74); baseball Hall of Fame member Gary Carter in 1954; novelist Barbara Kingsolver in 1955 (age 66); actor/singer John Schneider in 1960 (age 61); musician Julian Lennon in 1963 (age 58); actor Robin Wright in 1966 (age 55); actor Patricia Arquette in 1968 (age 53); actor Sung Kang in 1972 (age 49); Navy SEAL veteran Chris Kyle in 1974; actor Taylor Kitsch in 1981 (age 40); actor Gabriella Wilde in 1989 (age 32); actor Skai Jackson in 2002 (age 19).
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 1918, actors Douglas Fairbanks and Charlie Chaplin pitch Third Liberty Loan bonds in front of the Sub-Treasury (now Federal Hall National Memorial) in New York City.
In 1935, the U.S. Congress approved the Works Progress Administration, a central part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal.
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 1990, Ryan White, who put the face of a child on AIDS, died of complications from the disease at age 18.
In 1992, former tennis great Arthur Ashe confirmed he had AIDS. He said he contracted the disease from a blood transfusion.
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 2013, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced the merger of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Al-Nusra Front under the name Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham, or ISIS.
In 2020, Sen. Bernie Sanders dropped out of the 2020 presidential race, leaving Joe Biden as the Democratic Party's only remaining candidate. Biden won the presidency in November 2020, beating out incumbent President Donald Trump.
A thought for the day: Indian activist Mahatma Gandhi said, "It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honored by the humiliation of their fellow beings."