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This Day In History: April 8

Today is the 99th day of 2008 and the 20th day of spring.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1513, explorer Juan Ponce de Leon declared Florida a territory of Spain. In 1935, Congress approved legislation creating the Works Progress Administration (WPA). In 2005, Pope John Paul II was buried at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Harvey Cushing (1869-1939), surgeon; Mary Pickford (1893-1979), actress; Sonja Henie (1912-69), ice skater; Betty Ford (1918- ), former first lady, is 90; Shecky Greene (1926- ), comedian, is 82; Kofi Annan (1938- ), former UN Secretary General, is 70; Robin Wright Penn (1966- ), actress, is 42.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1974, Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run, breaking Babe Ruth's record for career home runs.

TODAY'S QUOTE: Make them laugh, make them cry, and back to laughter. What do people go to the theatre for? An emotional exercise." - Mary Pickford

TODAY'S FACT: Florida did not become a U.S. possession until Spain surrendered it in a treaty in 1819.

TODAY'S NUMBER: 10 - number of languages used at least once during Pope John Paul II's funeral mass.

TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (April 5) and first quarter (April 12).


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