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This Day in History for April 8 – Aaron Breaks Record and More

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Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1904 – Longacre Square in Manhattan is renamed Times Square after the New York Times (More info)

1935 – The Works Progress Administration is approved by Congress to help alleviate joblessness during the Great Depression (More info)

1974 – Hank Aaron hits his 715th career home run to surpass Babe Ruth’s 39-year-old record (More info)

1986 – Actor Clint Eastwood is elected mayor of Carmel, Calif. (More info)

1992 – Retired tennis great Arthur Ashe announces that he has AIDS, contracted from blood transfusions during one of his two heart surgeries (More info)

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