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1966Georges Pompidou re-appointed French Prime Minister and forms new government

2013Steve Nash records his 10,000th career assist against Houston

1993Elvis Presley Commemorative Postage Stamp goes on sale

1959Charles de Gaulle inaugurated as pres of France's 5th Republic

1992George Bush gets ill & vomits on Japanese prime minister's lap

1956Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog," single goes to #1 & stays #1 for a record 11 weeks (for a single)

1962Golfer Jack Nicklaus, 21, 1st pro appearance, he came in 50th

1964President Lyndon B. Johnson declares "War on Poverty"

1877Crazy Horse and his warriors fight their last battle with the United States Cavalry at Wolf Mountain (Montana Territory).

1995Mike Schmidt is elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame

1968Jacques Cousteau's 1st undersea special on US network TV

1947Gen George Marshall becomes US Secretary of State

1954Elvis Presley pays $4 to a Memphis studio & records his 1st two songs, "Casual Love" & "I'll Never Stand in Your Way"

2008Joe Gibbs retires, for the second time, as head coach of the Washington Redskins

1705George F Handel's 1st opera "Almira," premieres in Hamburg

2002President George W. Bush signs into law the No Child Left Behind Act.

1734Premiere of George Frideric Handel's Ariodante at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

1993NBC offers "Tonight Show" to David Letterman

1998Unabomber suspect Ted Kaczynski asks to act as his own lawyer

1978Harvey Milk becomes the 1st openly gay person elected to public office in California

1993Chicago Bull Michael Jordan scores his 20,000th career point

1938Bradman scores 107 for South Australia v Qld (1st innings)

200834th People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Reese Witherspoon win (Movie Star) and Patrick Dempsey & Katherine Heigl win (TV)

17901st US President George Washington delivers 1st state of the union address

January 8th Historical Events
Date Event
794
Vikings attacked Lindisfarne Island 
871
Battle of Ashdown: Ethelred of Wessex and his brother Alfred (the Great) beat invading Danish army 
1198
Lotario di Segni elected Pope Innocentius III 
1214
Earl Ferrand of Flanders drops ties with France 
1297
Monaco gains its independence. 
1558
French troops under duke de Guise occupy Calais 
1598
Jews are expelled from Genoa, Italy 
1656
Oldest surviving commercial newspaper begins (Haarlem, Netherlands) 
1675
1st American commercial corporation chartered (NY Fishing Co) 
1705
George F Handel's 1st opera "Almira," premieres in Hamburg 
1716
Dutch gang leader "Sjako" arrested 
1734
Premiere of George Frideric Handel's Ariodante at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. 
1745
England, Austria, Neth & Saxon sign anti-Prussian Quadruple Alliance 
1746
Bonnie Prince Charlie's troops occupy Stirling [NS=Jan 19] 
1760
Comet C/1760 A1 (Great comet) approaches within 0.0682 AUs of Earth 
1790
1st US President George Washington delivers 1st state of the union address 
1798
11th Amendment ratified, judicial powers construed 
1800
Austrians defeat French in 2nd battle of Novi 
1800
Wild Boy of Aveyron discovered in southern France 
1806
Cape colony becomes British colony 
1806
Lewis & Clark find skeleton of 105' blue whale in Oregon 
1811
Louisiana slave revolt by Charles Deslondes at German Coast 
1815
Battle of New Orleans (War of 1812); the war had ended on 24th December 1814 but none of the combatants knew 
1833
Boston Academy of Music, 1st US music school, established 
1835
The United States national debt is 0 for the first and only time. 
1838
Rebellion at Amherstburg, Ontario breaks out 
1842
Dutch King Willem II charters Technical College Delft 
1848
Austrian soldiers kill 10 students, Pavia 
1853
1st US bronze equestrian statue (of Andrew Jackson) unveiled, Washington 
1856
Dr John A Veatch discovers borax, Tuscan Springs, Calif 
1857
Dion Boucicauly's "Poor of NY," premieres in NYC 
1863
American Civil War: Second Battle of Springfield 
1867
African American men granted the right to vote in Washington, D.C. despite President Johnson's veto 
1870
US mint at Carson City, Nevada begins issuing coins 
1877
Crazy Horse and his warriors fight their last battle with the United States Cavalry at Wolf Mountain (Montana Territory). 
1878
Secret meeting of King Leopold II's agent & Henry Morton Stanley 
1884
Chrome tanning process for leather patented by Augustus Schultz 
1889
Dr Herman Hollerith receives 1st US patent for a mechanical tabulating machine 
1894
Columbus World's fair in Chicago destroyed by fire 
1897
Michael Eagan wins 1st US national amateur handball championship 
1901
New South Wales score 918 all out vs South Australia in 560 minutes 
1902
1st National Bowling Championship held (Chicago, Ill) 
1902
The United Irish League, a leading force for unification in all Ireland and independence from Britain, holds its convention in Dublin 
1904
Pope Pius X banned low cut dresses in the presence of churchmen 
1906
A landslide in Haverstraw, New York, caused by the excavation of clay along the Hudson River, kills 20 people. 
1912
Chiefs, representatives of people's and church organisations, and other prominent individuals form the African National Congress and declare its aim to bring all Africans together as one people to defend their rights and freedoms 
1913
Frank Chance becomes Yankee manager 
1916
World War I: Allied forces withdraw from Gallipoli. 
1917
Austria-Hungarian troops conquer Forlani Italy 
1918
Mississippi becomes 1st state to ratify 18th amendment (prohibition) 
1918
Pres Wilson outlines his 14 points for peace after the Great War 
1923
Typography strike in Amsterdam 
1925
1st all-female US state supreme court appointed, Texas 
1926
Abdul-Aziz ibn Sa'ud becomes king of Hejaz; renames it Saudi Arabia 
1929
1st telephone connection between Netherlands & West-Indies 
1929
CBS radio network buys WABC in NYC 
1931
Phila Quakers set then NHL record of 15 straight loses 
1932
Ratification of present SF City Charter 
1934
Jaap Speyers "Bluejackets" premieres in Amsterdam 
1935
Spectrophotometer patented, AC Hardy 
1937
-50°F (-45.6°C), San Jacinto, Nevada (state record) 
1938
Bradman scores 107 for South Australia v Qld (1st innings) 
1940
Britain's 1st WW II rationing (bacon, butter & sugar) 
1940
World War II: Britain introduces food rationing. 
1942
British Air Marshal Richard Peirse replaced as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Bomber Command 
1945
"Youth for Christ" organizes 
1947
Gen George Marshall becomes US Secretary of State 
1947
Toronto Maple Leaf rookie Howie Meeker scores 5 goals in a game 
1948
Queen Wilhelmina signs death sentence against Ans van Dijk for treason 
1949
"Make Mine Manhattan" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 429 perfs 
1949
"My Romance" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 95 performances 
1949
"Small Wonder" closes at Coronet Theater NYC after 134 performances 
1951
Thought extinct since 1615, a Cahow is rediscovered in Bermuda 
1952
Jordan adopts constitution 
1953
Indians bar night games with Browns (who refuse to share TV receipts) 
1953
René Mayer forms French government 
1954
Elvis Presley pays $4 to a Memphis studio & records his 1st two songs, "Casual Love" & "I'll Never Stand in Your Way" 
1955
Furman sets NCAA basketball single-game scoring record with 154 pt 
1955
Georgia Tech ends Kentucky's 130-game home basketball win streak 
1955
Louise Sugg wins LPGA LA Golf Open 
1955
WUNC TV channel 4 in Chapel Hill, NC (PBS) begins broadcasting 
1956
Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Conrad Aiken 
1956
Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog," single goes to #1 & stays #1 for a record 11 weeks (for a single) 
1956
Operation Auca: Five U.S. missionaries are killed by the Huaorani of Ecuador shortly after making contact with them. 
1958
Cuban revolutionary forces capture Havana 
1959
Charles de Gaulle inaugurated as pres of France's 5th Republic 
1961
Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Yvor Winters 
1962
Dutch express train crashes into slow commuter train, 93 die (Neth) 
1962
Golfer Jack Nicklaus, 21, 1st pro appearance, he came in 50th 
1963
"Mona Lisa," on loan, unveiled in America's National Gallery of Art 
1963
Dmitri Shostakovitch' Katharina Ismailova, premieres in Riga 
1964
President Lyndon B. Johnson declares "War on Poverty" 
1965
Senator Everett Dirksen introduces a bill to make marigold the American natonal flower (doesn't pass) 
1965
Star of India returned to American Museum of Natural History 
1966
Beatles' "Rubber Soul," album goes #1 & stays #1 for 6 weeks 
1966
Beatles' "We Can Work It Out," single goes #1 & stays #1 for 3 weeks 
1966
Georges Pompidou re-appointed French Prime Minister and forms new government 
1966
Who & the Kinks perform on the last "Shindig" TV show on ABC 
1968
Jacques Cousteau's 1st undersea special on US network TV 
1968
Terence O'Neill, then Northern Ireland Prime Minister, travelles to Dublin to meet with Jack Lynch, Irish Prime Minister, to continue discussions on matters of joint interest to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland 
1971
29 pilot whales beach themselves & die at San Clemente Island, Calif 
1971
Voyageurs National Park, Minn established 
1972
Dmitri Shostakovitch' 15th Symphony, premieres in Moscow 
1972
NCAA announces freshman can play on teams starting in fall 
1973
"Tricks" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 8 performances 
1973
Greg Chappell's best Test bowling, 5-61 v Pakistan at SCG 
1973
Secret peace talks between US & North Vietnam resumed near Paris 
1973
USSR launches Luna 21 for Moon landing 
1974
E Wilson Jr's musical "Let My People Come," premieres in NYC 
1974
Gold hits record $126.50 an ounce in London 
1974
Loch Ness Monster photographed 
1974
Silver hits record $3.40 an ounce in New York 
1975
Judge Sirica orders release of Watergate's John W Dean III, Herbert W Kalmbach & Jeb Stuart Magruder from prison 
1976
Franklin Mint strikes 1st gold coins for Netherlands Antilles 
1978
Israeli government votes to `strengthen' settlements in occupied Sinai 
1978
Harvey Milk becomes the 1st openly gay person elected to public office in California 
1979
512 die as oil tanker Bantry Bay blows up 
1979
Argentina & Chile sign Beagle Canal accord 
1979
Today Show gets a new theme song 
1979
Vietnamese troops overtook Khmer Rouge & occupy Phnom Penh 
1980
Islander Glenn Resch's 20th shut-out opponent-Canucks 3-0 
1980
NCAA decides to sponsor women's championships in 5 sports 
1981
"Pirates of Penzance" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 772 performances 
1981
India all out 63 in one-day international v Australia 
1981
Reds become last team to sign a free agent (Larry Biitner) 
1982
AT&T agrees to divest itself of 22 Bell System companies 
1982
Johnny Cash Parkway opens in Hendersonville Tennessee 
1982
Justice Dept withdraws antitrust suit against IBM, pending since 
1984
NCAA announces that basketball tournament will have 64 teams 
1984
Wash Caps Bengt Gustafsson scores 5 goals to beat Phila 7-1 
1985
Japan launches Sakigake space probe to Halley's Comet 
1986
Willie McCovey is 16th elected to Hall of Fame in his 1st year 
1987
Dow Jones closes above 2,000 for 1st time (2,002.25) 
1987
Jack Sikma (Milwaukee) begins NBA free throw streak of 51 games 
1988
9th largest NBA crowd 38,873-Chicago at Detroit 
1988
Dow Jones down 140.58 points 
1988
Hewlett-Packard introduces HP-28S Advanced Scientific Calculator 
1988
US female Figure Skating championship won by Debi Thomas 
1989
"42nd Street" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 3,486 perfs 
1989
"Starlight Express" closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 761 perfs 
1989
Boeing 737-400 crashes at Kegworth, England, 46 die 
1989
Soviet Union promises to eliminate stockpiles of chemical weapons 
1989
Beginning of Japanese Heisei era. 
1991
"Davis Rules," with Jonathan Winters & Randy Quaid premieres on ABC-TV 
1991
Gaylord Perry, Ferguson Jenkins & Rod Carew elected to Hall of Fame 
1991
Rod Carew is 22nd player elected to Hall of Fame on 1st try 
1991
Tamas Darnyi swims world record 400m medley (4:12.36) 
1992
George Bush gets ill & vomits on Japanese prime minister's lap 
1993
Chicago Bull Michael Jordan scores his 20,000th career point 
1993
Elvis Presley Commemorative Postage Stamp goes on sale 
1993
NBC offers "Tonight Show" to David Letterman 
1994
Rintje Ritsma skates world record 1500m (1:51.60) 
1994
Russian manned space craft TM-18, launches into orbit 
1994
US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Davis 
1995
"Guys & Dolls" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 1143 perfs 
1995
15th United Negro College Fund raises $12,200,000 
1995
Mike Schmidt is elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame 
1996
Blizzard buries eastern US causing at least 50 deaths 
1996
For 1st time in 25 years no one is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame 
1998
NY Giant GM George Young resigns to accept NFL position 
1998
Unabomber suspect Ted Kaczynski asks to act as his own lawyer 
1998
World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Ahmed Yousef sentenced to life 
2000
"Music City Miracle", with 16 seconds left in the AFC Wild Card Playoff Game, the Tennessee Titans' Lorenzo Neal handed the ball to Frank Wycheck, who then lateraled the ball across the width of the field to his teammate, Kevin Dyson, who in turn ran the length of the field down the sideline for the game-winning touchdown to defeat the Buffalo Bills 22-16 
2001
28th American Music Award: Faith Hill & Kid Rock win 
2002
President George W. Bush signs into law the No Child Left Behind Act. 
2004
The RMS Queen Mary 2, the largest passenger ship ever built, is christened by her namesake's granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II. 
2006
A magnitude 6.9 earthquake with its epicenter just off the Greek island of Kythira hits much of the country and is felt throughout the entire eastern Mediterranean Sea. 
2008
New Jersey officially apologizes for slavery, becoming the first Northern state to do so. 
2008
34th People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Reese Witherspoon win (Movie Star) and Patrick Dempsey & Katherine Heigl win (TV) 
2008
Joe Gibbs retires, for the second time, as head coach of the Washington Redskins 
2009
A 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit Costa Rica´s region of Volcan Poás, with an epicenter near Cinchona. It was caused by Varablanca-Angel fault. 
2011
Attempted assassination of Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and subsequent shooting in Casas Adobes, Arizona at a Safeway grocery store kills 6 and wounds 13, including Giffords 
2012
"The 3:16 Game", the Denver Broncos' Tim Tebow connected with Demaryius Thomas on an 80-yard touchdown pass on the first scrimmage play of overtime, giving the underdog Broncos a 29—23 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Wild Card Playoff Game 
2013
130 wildfires across Australia's east coast force thousands to evacuate their homes 
2013
2,130 prisoners held by the Syrian government are exchanged for 48 Iranians kidnapped by Syrian rebels 
2013
Steve Nash records his 10,000th career assist against Houston 
2014
40th People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Sandra Bullock win (Movie Star) and Josh Charles & Stana Katić win (Dramatic TV) 
2016
'Mission accomplished': Mexican President says 'El Chapo' caught 
2017
Suicide Bombing in Baghdad Kills at Least 36 
2017
Thousands of Mexicans protest gasoline price hikes 
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