On this day: April 8

Published On: Apr 04 2013 04:16:05 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 08 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT

The Venus de Milo is uncovered, Pablo Picasso dies, Hank Aaron belts a milestone home run, "The Godfather Part II" makes Oscar history, and Somali pirates briefly seize an American vessel, all on this day.

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Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

1935: The Works Progress Administration, the largest and most ambitious New Deal agency, is formed when the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act of 1935 becomes law. The WPA employed millions of unemployed people to carry out public works projects, including the construction of public buildings and roads.

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