Today in history – April 8, 2020

1904 – Longacre Square in Midtown Manhattan is renamed Times Square after The New York Times.

1913 – The 17th Amendment to the Constitution, requiring the direct election of Senators, becomes law.

1935 – Congress approves the Works Progress Administration, a central part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal.

1952 – President Harry Truman calls for the seizure of all domestic steel mills in an attempt to avoid a general strike.

1992 – Former tennis great Arthur Ashe confirmed he has AIDS. He said he contracted the disease from a blood transfusion.