Apr 8 Kambutsue, celebration of Buddha's birthday, in Japan Apr 8 1974 Hammerin' Hank Aaron hits 715th home run, beats Babe Ruth's record. Apr 8 1913 17th Amendment, requiring direct election of senators, ratified. Apr 8 1766 The first patent is granted for a fire escape ... a wicker basket on a pully and a chain, designed by a London watchmaker. Apr 8 1513 Ponce de Leon arrives in Florida.
Apr 8 1963 Julian Lennon, singer, son of a Beatle. Apr 8 1918 Betty Ford, founded drug/alcohol abuse clinic for the rich & famous. Apr 8 1889 Sir Adrian Boult, conductor (BBC Symphony Orchestra)