This Day in History: April 8

On this day, April 8 ...1974: Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hits his 715th career home run in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, breaking Babe Ruth’s record.
Also on this day:1864: The United States Senate passes, 38-6, the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution abolishing slavery.
(The House of Representatives would pass it in January 1865; the amendment would be ratified and adopted in December 1865.)
The United States Senate passes, 38-6, the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution abolishing slavery.
(The House of Representatives would pass it in January 1865; the amendment would be ratified and adopted in December 1865.)
1913: The 17th Amendment to the Constitution, providing for popular election of U.S. senators (as opposed to appointment by state legislatures), is ratified.
The 17th Amendment to the Constitution, providing for popular election of U.S. senators (as opposed to appointment by state legislatures), is ratified.
1913: President Woodrow Wilson becomes the first chief executive since John Adams to address Congress in person as he asked lawmakers to enact tariff reform.
President Woodrow Wilson becomes the first chief executive since John Adams to address Congress in person as he asked lawmakers to enact tariff reform.
(The Supreme Court later would rule that Truman had overstepped his authority, opening the way for a seven-week strike by steelworkers.)
1963: "Lawrence of Arabia" wins the Oscar for best picture at the Academy Awards; Gregory Peck wins best actor for "To Kill a Mockingbird" while Anne Bancroft receives best actress honors for "The Miracle Worker."
1990: Ryan White, the teenage AIDS patient whose battle for acceptance had gained national attention, dies in Indianapolis at age 18.