History Blog

April 8

Happy Birthday RIP “Mary Pickford”(Gladys Smith 1892–1979) Elizabeth “Betty” Ford(1918–2011) Sheldon Greenfield(“Shecky Greene” 1926–2023) ; John Schneider IV–64 Jeffrey “Izzy Stradlin” Isbell–62 John Julian Lennon–61 Robin Wright–58 Patricia Arquette–56 ; 1913 – The 17th amendment to the Constitution, providing for the popular election of U.S. senators, was ratified ; 1958 – A team of computer manufacturers, users, and university people led by Grace Hopper (pioneer of first high level mainframe programming language) meets to discuss the creation of a new language that would be called COBOL(common oriented business language)