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Ryan White Lost his AIDS batte and Pope John Paul the Second was Laid to Rest

April 8th, Ol’ Blue Eyes throws a punch, Nic Cage marries David Arquettes sister, Hank Aaron beat the Babe, and

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. The ring-a-ding-ding cost The Chairman of the Board $9,000 but he later said, quote, “It was worth it, baby.”

1974 – Even after receiving 3,000 letters a day, much of it hate mail, 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.

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.

1986 – CLINT EASTWOOD was elected mayor of Carmel, California, by a landslide.

He ran so that he could add a few stories to his building, where his bar “The Hogsbreath Inn” is located.  And miraculously, after he became mayor, the board approved his project!


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.

Ryan White became famous in 1985 when he began a successful fight to attend the public school in Kokomo, Indiana, that had banned him because some parents were afraid their kids would catch AIDS.

1994 – KURT COBAIN, lead singer of Nirvana, was found dead in his Seattle home  after committing suicide three days earlier.

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1995 – NICOLAS CAGE married PATRICIA ARQUETTE on her 27th birthday.  (They divorced six years later, in May of 2001.)

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2005 – POPE JOHN PAUL THE SECOND’S funeral took place.

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