TODAY IN HISTORY: APRIL 8

1820: The Venus de Milo statue was discovered on the Aegean island of Menos.

1832: Charles Darwin begins his journey through Rio de Janiero.

1902: Growing unrest in Belgian society as people demand better education, better work and living conditions, the right to strike and universal male suffrage, culminate in a demonstration organised by Socialists. In the rioting that ensues, many Belgians are killed.

1904: British mystic Aleister Crowley transcribes the first chapter of the Book of the Law.

U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt, in an attempt to check inflation, freezes wages and prices, prohibits workers from changing jobs unless the war effort would be aided thereby, and bars rate increases to common carriers and public utilities.

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