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Notable Historical Events for January 8th

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

1993NBC offers "Tonight Show" to David Letterman

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

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

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

1947Gen George Marshall becomes US Secretary of State

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

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

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

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

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Notable Birthdays on January 8th

1969R. Kelly [Robert Sylvester Kelly], Chicago, Illinois, American R&B singer (I Wish I Could Fly)

1935Elvis Presley, Tupelo Miss, American singer and King of Rock and Roll (Blue Suede Shoes, Hounddog)

1821James Longstreet, Confederate general (1st Corps, ANV)

1823Alfred Russel Wallace, British zoologist/co-discoverer (evolution)

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Notable Weddings on January 8th

1951Actor Burgess Meredith (43) weds ballerina Kaja Sundsten

1973Actor Michael Caine (40) weds model Shakira Baksh (25) at Candlelight Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada

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Notable Deaths on January 8th

1642Galileo Galilei, Italian physicist/astronomer, dies at 77 in Italy

1946Dion Fortune, British occultist and author dies at 55

1976Zhou Enlai, Premier of the People's Republic of China (b. 1898)

1825Eli Whitney, American inventor (Cotton Gin), dies of prostate cancer at 59

1972Kenneth Patchen, US writer (See You in the Morning), dies at 60

1324Marco Polo, Venetian explorer, dies at 69

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