April 08, 1730 America's first synagogue, Shearith Israel, was dedicated in New York City.
April 08, 1988 Televangelist Jimmy Swaggart (cousin of Mickey Gilley and Jerry Lee Lewis), was defrocked by the Assemblies of God after he revealed his now infamous "I Have Sinned" speech in a live TV broadcast on February 21st that he was involved with a prostitute and announced that he would leave his ministry for an unspecified length of time. Swaggart was ordered to stay off TV for a year, but returned anyway after just three months. Swaggart's exposure came as retaliation for an incident in 1986 when Swaggart exposed New Orleans-based, fellow Assemblies of God minister Marvin Gorman. Gorman had been accused of having several affairs. Once exposed, Gorman was defrocked from the Assemblies of God with his ministry all but ended. Marvin Gorman hired his son Randy Gorman along with his son in law Garland Bilbo, to stake out the Travel Inn on Airline Highway in New Orleans. When Swaggart arrived, he reportedly went into Room 7 where Debra Murphree was waiting and from there it escalated to the infamous "I Have Sinned" speech. Swaggart still has a TV ministry today.
April 1996 Delegates at the General Conference of the United Methodist Church voted down a proposal to eliminate language in church law that declares homosexuality to be "incompatible with Christian teaching."