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On this day: April 8

Published On: Apr 04 2013 04:16:05 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 08 2014 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.

OTD April 8 - Pope John Paul II's funeral
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2005: More than four million mourners gather in Rome, Italy, for the funeral of Pope John Paul II. Between 250,000 and 300,000 watched the funeral mass from within the Vatican's walls.

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