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 - Laura Nyro
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1997: Singer-songwriter Laura Nyro, best known for writing hit songs such as "Wedding Bell Blues," "Stoned Soul Picnic," "And When I Die" and "Eli's Coming," dies of ovarian cancer at the age of 49 in Danbury, Conn. Nyro, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, also received critical acclaim with her own recordings, particularly the late-1960s albums "Eli and the Thirteenth Confession" and "New York Tendaberry." Her best-selling single was her recording of Carole King and Gerry Goffin's "Up on the Roof."

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