April 8th – On This Day In History
On this date in history, ‘Old Blue Eyes’ gave some guy a black eye, Hank Aaron broke the ‘Babe’s home run record, the world’s most famous grunge rocker is found dead and Carmel, California makes Clint Eastwood’s day!
67 years ago . . . In 1947, FRANK SINATRA punched out Lee Mortimer, amusement editor of the “New York Mirror”, after Mortimer suggested that Sinatra had been too friendly with gangsters in Havana. Frank claimed it was because Mortimer called him a “dago”. The punch cost Sinatra $9,000 . . . but he later said, quote, “It was worth it, baby.”
40 years ago . . . In 1974, baseball superstar HANK AARON, of the Atlanta Braves, broke BABE RUTH’S lifetime home run record by hitting his 715th in a game against the L.A. Dodgers. And that was even after receiving 3,000 letters a day, much of it hate mail from racist-type honky crackers.
39 years ago . . . In 1975, FRANK ROBINSON won his first game as Major League Baseball’s FIRST BLACK MANAGER, as he led the Cleveland Indians to a 5-3 victory over the New York Yankees.
28 years ago . . . In 1986, CLINT EASTWOOD was elected mayor of Carmel, California, by a landslide.
24 years ago . . . In 1990, RYAN WHITE lost his 4-and-a-half year struggle with AIDS. Ryan White was a hemophiliac who contracted the AIDS virus through a tainted blood transfusion. His mother, grandparents and ELTON JOHN were with him when he died.
20 years ago . . . In 1994, Nirvana lead singer KURT COBAIN was found dead in his Seattle home after having supposedly comitting three days earlier. Conspiracy theories still speculate if his death was murder.
19 years ago . . . In 1995, NICOLAS CAGE married PATRICIA ARQUETTE on her 27th birthday. They divorced six years later, in May of 2001.
Nine years ago . . . In 2005, POPE JOHN PAUL THE SECOND’S funeral took place.