Today in history, a TV show that has since been confirmed for a revival premiered for the first time on ABC. Here is a look at events that happened on April 8.
1886: First Home Rule Bill Proposed
The First Home Rule Bill for Ireland was proposed by Prime Minister William Gladstone. It was the first time devolution happened for the Irish, meaning certain aspects would be decided upon independently for Ireland rather than by Westminster. Home rule was something Charles Stewart Parnell of the Irish Parliamentary Party had called for over the last decade or so. Gladstone’s own and the Irish MPs were excluded from the drafting.
1916: Three Die in California Road Race
The Boulevard Race in Corona ended tragically on this day in history. An early racing car lost control and drove into the spectators, killing two and the driver and injuring five others. It would lead to more regulations for car racing, but it would not be the last crash in racing. There have been many over the years, but each crash has led to further safety issues raised and fixed.
1990: Twin Peaks Premieres
ABC premiered Twin Peaks today in history, with the big question: who killed Laura Palmer? Created by David Lynch, the drama started with a naked blonde found dead on a riverbank. It was a case to solve for Agent Dale Cooper (played by Kyle MacLachlan). The show was later cancelled, but it is set to return soon with MacLachlan reportedly reprising his role.
2013: Death of the First Female British Prime Minister
On this day in history Margaret Thatcher died. She would be known as Britain’s first female and longest-serving prime minister, with controversial opinions and views. After a period of labor strikes, her government pushed for lower income taxes but higher VAT tax. Unemployment was a major issue, but a victory in the Falkland Islands saved her in 1983. Trade Union rights were restricted and she fought off a bitter miner’s strike that lasted for a year. Thatcher’s funeral took place at St. Paul’s Cathedral, while many people in Britain controversially celebrated her death.
Famous Birthdays on April 8
Buddhism founder Gautama Buddha—563BC
King Peter I of Portugal–1320
Fountain of Youth explorer Juan Ponce de Leon–1460
King Philip IV of Spain and Portugal—1605
Declaration of Independence signer Lewis Morris—1726
Declaration of Independence signer William Williams–1771
Inventor David Rittenhouse–1732
Over the Rainbow writer Edgar “Yip” Harburg—1893
First Lady Betty Bloomer Ford—1921
True Romance actress Patricia Arquette—1968
Slipknot bassist Paul Grey—1972
American Sniper writer and war hero Chris Kyle—1974
Pretty Little Liars author Sara Shepard—1977
Birthdays from HistoryNet.com, OnThisDay.com and FamousBirthdays.com
Featured image from Deposit Photos
Image of William Gladstone: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Ewart_Gladstone#/media/File:1271754717_william-e.-gladstone.jpg
David Rittenhouse: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Rittenhouse#/media/File:Charles_Willson_Peale_-_David_Rittenhouse_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg
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