April 8

Kurdish refugees streaming out of Iraq during the Iraq civil war were being strafed by Iraqi helicopter gunships, 1991.

President George H. W. Bush ordered federal troops to assist in cleaning up oil spilled from the tanker Exxon Valdez, 1989. The oil slick was threatening the nation's richest fishing port at Kodiak, Alaska.

Boise's St. Alphonsus Hospital offered tours of its new facility on the west side of town, 1972. The hospital had been located downtown since its founding in 1894.

The Lowman-to-Stanley highway, part of Highway 21, was completed, 1965.

President Truman ordered a government take over of the nation’s steel mills to prevent a strike, 1952.

The League of Nations began its last meeting in Geneva, 1946, before turning the organization over to the newly-formed United Nations.

Congress approved the Emergency Relief Appropriations Act, 1935, sending another $5 billion out in the form of relief and jobs programs. Government spending for relief and makework jobs had exploded since the Hoover administration.

A pro-Nazi rally at a stadium in Queens, New York drew 9,000 people, 1934. Many were attending to protest the ban on importation of German goods to the United States. Fights broke out between Nazis and Communist demonstrators who were estimated to number around 200. At the end of the rally, the audience sang the Horst Wessel song and shouted, "Heil Roosevelt."

U.S. Senators began to be elected by voters, instead of state legislators, according to the Seventeenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified on this date in 1913.

Siddhartha Gautama, known as the Buddha (Enlightened One), was born in 563 B.C.
Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule. -- Buddha

"Bill says he is always ready to fulfill his wife's smallest wish. Do you believe it?" "Oh yes -- if it's small enough."

They say there are only two certainties in life, taxes and death. The only difference is, death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets. -- Sen. Spark Matsunaga

1 John 3:2 (American Standard Version)

Beloved, now we are the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

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