This day in history

Monday, April 8, is the 98th day of 2013. There are 267 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Comedian Shecky Greene is 87. Author and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Seymour Hersh is 76. Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan is 75. Basketball Hall-of-Famer John Havlicek is 73. Rock musician Steve Howe is 66. Former House Republican leader Tom
DeLay is 66. ‘‘Survivor’’ winner Richard Hatch is 52. Rock musician Izzy Stradlin is 51. Singer Julian Lennon is 50. Actress Robin Wright is 47. Actress Patricia Arquette is 45. Actor Taylor Kitsch is 32. Rock singer-musician Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend) is 29.

In 1913, the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, providing for popular election of United States senators (as opposed to appointment by state legislatures), was ratified.


In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Emergency Relief Appropriations Act, which provided money for programs such as the Works Progress Administration.

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In 1952, President Truman seized the US steel industry to avert a nationwide strike.

In 1974, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hit his 715th career home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers, breaking Babe Ruth’s record.

In 1994, Kurt Cobain, singer and guitarist for the grunge band Nirvana, was found dead in Seattle from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound; he was 27.