April 8, 2023 was the 98th day of the year 2023 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 267 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Saturday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is samedi.
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Here’s the April calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
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Zodiac & Birthstone
Aries is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Diamond is the modern birthstone for this month. Opal is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
April 8 Historical Event(s)
Pope Eugene III takes refuge in the castle of Ptolemy II of Tusculum.
War of Jenkin’s Ear: Three British ships capture the Spanish third-rate Princesa.
American Civil War: Battle of Mansfield – Union forces are thwarted by the Confederate army at Mansfield, Louisiana.
Électricité de France, the world’s largest utility company, is formed as a result of the nationalisation of a number of electricity producers, transporters and distributors.
India and Pakistan sign the Liaquat-Nehru Pact.
BOAC Flight 712 catches fire shortly after take off. As a result of her actions in the accident, Barbara Jane Harrison is awarded a posthumous George Cross, the only GC awarded to a woman in peacetime.
Retired tennis great Arthur Ashe announces that he has AIDS, acquired from blood transfusions during one of his two heart surgeries.
Shedden massacre: The bodies of eight men, all shot to death, are found in a field in Ontario, Canada. The murders are soon linked to the Bandidos motorcycle gang.
Who were born on April 8?
King Philip IV of Spain, (d. 1665)
R. P. Keigwin, English academic (d. 1972)
John Hicks, British economist, Bank of Sweden Prize winner (d. 1989)
Jan Novák, Czech composer (d. 1984)
Catfish Hunter, American baseball player (d. 1999)
Grzegorz Lato, Polish footballer
Paul Gray, American bassist (Slipknot) (d. 2010)
Nnedi Okorafor, Nigerian American writer
Francesco Flachi, Italian footballer
Katee Sackhoff, American actress
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