(Tuesday, April 8, 1952, 10:30 p.m. ET) — President Harry S. Truman seized the vast steel industry tonight in the name of the United States government, averting a union shutdown of vital mills but touching off a great court battle.
(Monday, April 8, 2002, 4:44 p.m. EDT) — Space shuttle Atlantis thundered into orbit today with a new part for the international space station Alpha, a 44-foot section of latticework equipped with a rail car and track.
Atlantis and its crew soared into a clear sky, four days late because of a leaky fuel line on the launch pad that had to be repaired.
(Wednesday, April 8, 1992) — Tennis great Arthur Ashe announced at a New York news conference today that he has AIDS.
(Saturday, April 8, 1972) — Give Ireland Back To The Irish by Wings peaked at #21 on today’s Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for two weeks.
(Saturday, April 8, 1972) — Tiny Dancer by Elton John peaked at #41 on today’s Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for one week. It was ranked No. 387 on the 2004 List of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.