April 8 — JACQUES BREL
Belgian-born wry, sardonic folksinger, composer.
APRIL 8, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
*Thailand & Japan: BUDDHA’S BIRTHDAY. Children’s holiday; dancing & the release of captive animals.
* DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN DAY.
ALSO ON APRIL 8 IN HISTORY…
1341 — Petrarch crowned poet laureate, steps of Capitol in Rome
1864 — Thirteenth Amendment passes, abolishing slavery in the U.S.
1898 — Yip Harburg, American lyricist born.
1929 — Ironic Belgian folksinger Jacques Brel born.
1973 — Spanish painter and communist Pablo Picasso dies, Mougins, France
1978 — French anarchist combatant, historian Gaston Leval dies.