April 8

April 8 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

 Holidays and Observances

2016 Daily Holidays that fall on April 8, include:

  • Buddha Day 
  • Draw a Picture of a Bird Day 
  • International Romani Day
  • National Dog Fighting Awareness Day 
  • National Empanada Day 
  • Trading Cards for Grown-ups Day 
  • Zoo Lovers Day 

2016 Weekly Holidays that include April 8, are:

  • Bat Appreciation Week - April 3-9, 2016 (First Full Week of April)
  • Explore Your Career Options Week - April 4-10, 2016
  • Hate Week - April 4-10
  • Holocaust Remembrance Week - April 3-9, 2016 (Starts the Sunday before Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, and continues through the following Sunday)
  • National Blue Ribbon Week - April 3-9, 2016 (First Full Week of April)
  • National Public Health Week - April 3-9, 2016
  • National Robotics Week - April 2-10, 2016
  • National Week of the Ocean - April 3-9, 2016 
  • National Window Safety Week - April 3-9, 2016 (First Full Week of April)
  • National Youth Violence Prevention Week - April 4-8, 2016
  • Orthodox Lent - March 14 - April 22, 2016

2016 Monthly Holidays that include April 8, are:

There are too many monthly holidays to include here, so please check out our April Holidays page to see all of the holidays that are celebrated the entire month of April.


  1. A page on each holiday will be coming soon and linked above.
  2. If a date is a movable holiday, that is different every year, I'll include the year as well as the date rule above. Otherwise, the holiday falls on the same date each year.

World Festivals and Events

  • The Masters Tournament - April 4-10, 2016  - The Masters Tournament is one of the four major championships in professional golf.  The event will be held at the Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta, GA

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for April 8 is Aries.

Birth Flower of the Month

The Birth Flower(s) for the Month for April are:

  • Daisy - signifies innocence, loyal love, and purity
  • Sweet Pea - signify blissful pleasure, but are also used to say good-bye.


The Birthstone(s) for April is the diamond, a symbol of enduring love.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1918 – Betty Ford, American First Lady (1974-1977), wife of former US President Gerald Ford, and founder of the Betty Ford Center (d. 2011)
  • 1946 – Catfish Hunter, American baseball player (d. 1999)
  • 1963 – Julian Lennon, English singer songwriter (son of John Lennon), actor, and photographer
  • 1966 – Robin Wright, American actress (Forrest Gump, Message in a Bottle)
  • 1968 – Patricia Arquette, American actress (Medium)

Famous Deaths

  • 1947 - Henry Ford, US industrialist (Ford Motor Company Founder)
  • 1973 – Pablo Picasso, Spanish artist and sculptor (b. 1881)
  • 1990 – Ryan White, American AIDS activist,he became infected with the Aids virus from contaminated blood and gained National attention when he was expelled from middle school (b. 1971)
  • 2013 – Annette Funicello, American actress and singer (Original Mickey Mouse Club in the 1950's) (b. 1942)
  • 2013 – Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1925)

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1989 - Entertainment Tonight's Mary Hart marries producer Burt Sugarman
  • 2006 - Former Miss USA and actress Ali Landry, weds film director Alejandro Gomez Monteverde
  • 2012 - American actress and television host Ricki Lake weds jewelry designer Christian Evans

Quote of the Day

Margaret Thatcher passed away today, April 8th, in 2013.  She was the Prime Minister for the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and the Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990.  She was the only woman to have held the Prime Minister position, and was often called the IRON LADY.

Recipe of the Day or a
Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day

The Holidays and Observances Recipe of the Day for April 8, is a Sprouted Bean Trio Soup Recipe, from Kerry, of Healthy Diet Habits.

The Holidays and Observances Recipe of the Day for April 8, is a Sprouted Bean Trio Soup Recipe, from Kerry, of Healthy Diet Habits. (link opens a new browser in her website)

This Day in History

  • 1766 - 1st fire escape patented
  • 1789 - House of Representatives 1st meeting
  • 1820 - The Venus de Milo is discovered on the Aegean island of Melos
  • 1869 - American Museum of Natural History opens in New York City
  • 1879 - Milk was sold in glass bottles for 1st time
  • 1893 – The first recorded college basketball game occurs at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
  • 1904 – Longacre Square in  Manhattan is renamed Times Square after The New York Times
  • 1913 - 17th amendment, requiring direct election of senators, ratified
  • 1914 - US & Colombia sign a treaty concerning Panama Canal Zone
  • 1952 – U.S. President Harry Truman calls for the seizure of all domestic steel mills to prevent a nationwide strike
  • 1986 - Clint Eastwood elected mayor of Carmel California
  • 1991 - Michael Landon, the beloved actor of Little House on the Prairie, announces he has inoperable cancer of pancreas
  • 1994 - Smoking banned in Pentagon & all US military bases (See Military Holidays)
  • 2005 – Over four million people attend the funeral of Pope John Paul II

This Day in Music

  • 1980 - CBS airs the TV movie The Gambler, staring Kenny Rogers, based on his song, The Gambler
  • 1989 - Roxette' single, The Look hits # 1 in the US
  • 1994 - The Offspring's breakthrough album Smash is released

Above, is Roxette's video, The Look that hit #1 on this day in 1989. They are one of Sweden's most famous bands. (Please check out my Holidays in Sweden page - I have another one of their video's that was featured in the movie, Pretty Woman)

This Day in Sports

  • 1968 - Baseball's Opening Day is postponed because of Martin Luther King assassination
  • 1974 - Hank Aaron hits 715th Home Run, and breaks Babe Ruth's record
  • 1991 - Major league umpires & baseball reach a 4-year agreement
  • 1991 - Oakland A's stadium, in Oakland, California becomes the 1st outdoor arena to ban smoking

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

cross swords (verb)

1. (idiomatic) To quarrel or argue with someone, to have a dispute with someone.

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