On this day

In 1992, Retired tennis player Arthur Ashe announced that he was diagnosed with AIDS, which he contracted from a blood transfusion during his two heart operations. Image: Wikimedia Commons

On This Day: What happened on 08 April?

We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today.

On this day

In 1992, Retired tennis player Arthur Ashe announced that he was diagnosed with AIDS, which he contracted from a blood transfusion during his two heart operations. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 08 April, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 08 APRIL

2006 | Shedden massacre: The bodies of eight men, all shot to death, were found on a field in Shedden, Elgin County, Ontario. The killings were linked to the Bandidos Motorcycle Club.

2004 | On this day, a ceasefire agreement was signed by the Sudanese government and two rebel groups.

1999 | Haryana Gana Parishad, a political party in the Indian state of Haryana, joined the Indian National Congress.

1992 | Retired tennis player Arthur Ashe announced that he was diagnosed with AIDS, which he contracted from a blood transfusion during his two heart operations.

1987 | Los Angeles Dodgers executive Al Campanis resigned amid controversy over the racist remarks he made while on Nightline.

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BIRTHDAYS

1962 | American guitarist and songwriter, Izzy Stradlin.

1977 | Mexican actress, Ana de la Reguera.

1934 | Japanese architect, who designed the Nakagin Capsule Tower and Singapore Flyer, Kisho Kurokawa, died in 2007.

1964 | Scottish footballer and manager, John McGinlay.

1982 | Australian rugby league player, Brett White.

1950 | Polish footballer and coach, Grzegorz Lato.

ON THIS DAY: DEATHS

1725 | American minister, John Wise, 73

2004 | German actor, Werner Schumacher, 83.

2002 | Mexican actress, María Félix, 88.

1962 | Spanish bullfighter, Juan Belmonte, 70.

2012 | Polish-American soldier, historian, and political scientist, Janusz K. Zawodny, 91.

SPORTS

2021 | On this day, Granada were thumped by Manchester United 2-0 at their home stadium Estadio Los Carmenes in the UEFA Europa League first-leg.

ENTERTAINMENT

2011 | On this day for the first time, “Soul Surfer” was released in theaters in the United States.

AFRICA FACT

Mount Kenya is the tallest mountain in Kenya and the second tallest in Africa after Mount Kilimanjaro which is the first.