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 - DNA structure
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1953: At a conference in Belgium, Lawrence Bragg, the director of the Cavendish Laboratory, makes the announcement that molecular biologists James Watson (center) and Francis Crick (right) had deduced the double helix structure of DNA. Watson and Crick would submit a paper to the scientific journal Nature describing their discovery, which was published on April 25, 1953. They, along with Maurice Wilkins, were awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries.

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