Historical Events for 8th April 2024

1767 – Ayutthaya kingdom falls to Burmese invaders
1929 – Indian Independence Movement: At the Delhi Central Assembly, Bhagat Singh and Batukeshwar Dutt throw handouts and bombs to court arrest
1961 – British liner “Dara” explodes in Persian Gulf, kills 236
1963 – 35th Academy Awards: “Lawrence of Arabia”, Anne Bancroft and Gregory Peck win
1966 – Time publishes its “Is God Dead” issue – its first issue without an image
1976 – 1976 NFL Draft: Lee Roy Selmon from University of Oklahoma first pick by Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2008 – 27th NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Stanford, 64-48; Volunteers’ back-to-back titles; coach Pat Summitt, 8 national championships
2012 – German writer Günter Grass labelled ‘persona non grata’ by Israeli internal affairs minister Eli Yishai, due to his poem “What Must Be Said”
2017 – 170th Grand National: Derek Fox wins aboard 14/1 One For Arthur; second ever Scottish-trained winner of the event
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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