January 8th - Basic Facts:
- January 8 is the 8th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar.
- There are 357 days remaining until the end of the year (358 in leap years).
- The preceding day is January 7.
- Next day is January 9.
January 8th Deaths (Here)
January 8th Events:
871 – Battle of Ashdown – Ethelred of Wessex defeats a Danish invading army.
1297 – Monaco gains independence.
1499 – Louis XII of France marries Anne of Brittany.
1734 – Covent Garden premiere of George Frideric Handel's Ariodante at the Royal Opera House.
1746 – Second Jacobite Rising - Bonnie Prince Charlie occupies Stirling.
1790 – First State of the Union Address delivered George Washington delivers in New York City.
1798 – 11th Amendment to US Constitution ratified.
1800 – First soup kitchens for the poor open in London.
1806 – Cape Colony becomes a British colony - Cape of Good Hope occupied.
1811 – Charles Deslandes leads unsuccessful slave revolt in St. Charles & St. James, Louisiana.
1815 – Battle of New Orleans (War of 1812) – Andrew Jackson leads American forces in victory over the British.
1835 – The United States national debt is 0 (zero) for the only time.
1838 – Alfred Vail demonstrates a telegraph system (using dots & dashes) - Morse code forerunner.
1863 – Yorkshire County Cricket Club is founded following a meeting at Adelphi Hotel in Sheffield.
1863 – Second Battle of Springfield (American Civil War).
1867 – African American men granted right to vote in Washington, D.C.
1877 – Crazy Horse & his warriors fight their last battle at Wolf Mountain (Montana Territory)against the United States Cavalry.
1886 – Severn tunnel (joining Wales & England) is opened.
1889 – Dr Herman Hollerith (from New York) patents an electrically operated computer for data processing (company evolves into IBM).
1900 – Alaska placed under military rule by President William McKinley.
1906 – Landslide in Haverstraw (New York), caused by the excavation of clay along the Hudson River.
1912 – The African National Congress is founded.
1916 – Final withdrawal of allied troops from Gallipoli.
1918 – Recruiting begins for Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS).
1918 – President Woodrow Wilson announces his "Fourteen Points" re aftermath of World War I.
1921 – Lloyd George is the first Prime Minister to reside at 'Chequers', a mansion near Wendover (Buckinghamshire).
1926 – Abdul-Aziz ibn Saud becomes the King of Hejaz & renames it Saudi Arabia.
1940 – World War II - Britain introduces food rationing.
1959 – Fidel Castro's Cuban Revolution is completed following the take over of Santiago de Cuba.
1959 – Charles de Gaulle becomes first President of the Fifth French Republic.
1961 – French referendum supports Charles de Gaulle's policies in Algeria.
1963 – Empire State building (New York) has serious fire damaging 7 floors.
1963 – Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa is exhibited at the National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C., United States) for the first time
1964 – President Lyndon B. Johnson declares a "War on Poverty" in the United States.
1971 – Sir Geoffrey Jackson (British ambassador in Uruguay) is kidnapped by Tupamaros urban guerrillas.
1973 – launch of Soviet space mission Luna 21.
1973 – Watergate scandal - Trial begins of 7 men accused of illegal entry into Watergate Democratic Party headquarters.
1975 – Ella Grasso becomes Governor of Connecticut, the first serving woman US Governor (other than by succeeding her husband).
1979 – Tanker Betelgeuse explodes in Bantry Bay, Ireland (The Betelgeuse incident).
1982 – The break up of AT&T.
1982 – Spain ends siege of Gibraltar.
1989 – Kegworth air disaster - British Midland flight 92 crashes into the M1 motorway.
1989 – Beginning of Japanese Heisei era.
1994 – Russian cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov on Soyuz TM-18 leaves for Mir.
1996 – An Antonov 32 cargo turboprop powered plane crashes into the central market in Kinshasa, Zaire.
2002 – No Child Left Behind Act signed in to law by President George W. Bush.
2004 – The RMS Queen Mary 2, christened by Queen Elizabeth II.
2005 – The nuclear sub USS San Francisco (SSN-711) collides with an undersea mountain south of Guam, the sub surfaces & is repaired.
2006 – Magnitude 6.9 earthquake off Greek island of Kythirawith.
2009 – Costa Rica is hit by a magnitude 6.2 earthquake.
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