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On this day.

217: Roman emperor Caracalla (Marcus Aurelius Antoninus) was assassinated.

1838: Brunel's 236ft steamship Great Western left Bristol for New York on her maiden voyage.

1904: Britain and France signed the Entente Cordiale, a mutual recognition of each other's colonial interests.

1908: Liberal Herbert Henry Asquith became Prime Minister.

1925: The Australian government and the British Colonial Office offered low-interest loans to enable Britons to emigrate to Australia.

1950: Russian dancer Vaslav Nijinsky died in London after many years of insanity.

1967: Bare-foot Sandie Shaw won the Eurovision Song Contest for Britain with Puppet On A String.

1973: Death of Pablo Picasso, Spanish painter and sculptor who pioneered Cubism, aged 91.

1986: Clint Eastwood was elected Mayor of Carmel in California.
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Date:Apr 8, 2005
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