April 8

April 8 – Britain and France sign Entente Cordiale, 1904

The Entente Cordiale was a series of agreements signed on 8 April 1904 between the United Kingdom and the French Third Republic. Beyond the immediate concerns of colonial expansion addressed by the agreement, the signing of the Entente Cordiale marked the end of almost a millenniumof intermittent conflict between the two nations and their predecessor states, and the formalisation of the peaceful co-existence that had existed since the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815. The Entente Cordiale, along with the Anglo-Russian Entente and the Franco-Russian Alliance, later became part of the Triple Entente among the UK, France, and Russia.

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The agreement settled many long-standing issues. France recognized British control over Egypt, while Britain reciprocated regarding France in Morocco. France gave up its exclusive fishery rights on the shores of Newfoundland and in return received an indemnity and territory in Gambia(Senegal) and Nigeria. Britain dropped complaints regarding the French customs régime in Madagascar. The respective spheres of influence were defined in Siam (Thailand).

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Here are other significant historical bits

AMERICAN REVOLUTION : John Adams arrives in Paris to replace Silas Deane, 1778
AUTOMOTIVE : Waltrip beats Petty in last-lap thriller, 1979
CIVIL WAR : Confederates rout Union at Battle of Mansfield, 1864
COLD WAR :McCarthy publicly attacks Owen Lattimore, 1950
CRIME :Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph agrees to plead guilty, 2005
DISASTER : California road race kills five, 1916
GENERAL INTEREST :Buddhists celebrate birth of Gautama Buddha, 563 B.C. ,WPA established by Congress, 1935 ,Kenyatta jailed for Mau Mau uprising, 1953
HOLLYWOOD : Twin Peaks premieres on ABC, 1990
LITERARY:  Barbara Kingsolver is born, 1955
MUSIC : Kurt Cobain is found dead, 1994
OLD WEST : Elizabeth Bacon Custer is born in Michigan, 1842
PRESIDENTIAL : FDR signs Emergency Relief Appropriation Act, 1935
SPORTS : Aaron hits his 715th home run, 1974
VIETNAM WAR : North Vietnamese forces open a third front, 1972 ,Weyand reports to Congress, 1975
WORLD WAR I : Britain and France sign Entente Cordiale, 1904
WORLD WAR II : Russians attack Germans in drive to expel them from Crimea, 1944 ,Defiant theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer is hanged, 1945 ,  Omar Bradley dies, 1981
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