On This Day in History: April 8

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 William Gladstonedevolution 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 herDavid Rittenhouse 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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