Today in History: April 8

Today in History: April 8

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1789

The U.S. House of Representatives holds its first meeting.

1832

Some 300 American troops of the 6th Infantry leave Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, to confront the Sauk Indians in what would become known as the Black Hawk War.

1864

In the Battle of Mansfield, Louisiana, Federals are routed by Confederate Gen. Richard Taylor.

1865

General Robert E. Lee's retreat is cut off near Appomattox Court House.

1898

British General Horatio Kitchener defeats the Khalifa, leader of the dervishes in Sudan, at the Battle of Atbara.

1913

The 17th Amendment is ratified, requiring direct election of senators.

1935

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) is approved by Congress.

1939

Italy invades Albania.

1942

The Soviets open a rail link to the besieged city of Leningrad.

1952

President Truman orders the seizure of U.S. steel mills to prevent a strike.

1962

Bay of Pigs invaders get thirty years imprisonment in Cuba.

1974

Hank Aaron hits his 715th home run, breaking Babe Ruth's record.

1975

Frank Robinson of the Cleveland Indians becomes first black manager of a major league baseball team.