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1993 Elvis Presley Commemorative Postage Stamp goes on sale.
1746 Bonnie Prince Charlie’s troops occupy Stirling.
1815 Battle of New Orleans-War of 1812 ended 12/24/1814 but nobody knew.
1973 Secret peace talks between US & North Vietnam resumed near Paris.
1979 Vietnamese troops overtook Khmer Rouge & occupy Phnom Penh.
1926 Abdul-Aziz ibn Sa’ud becomes king of Hejaz; renames it Saudi Arabia.
1986 President Reagan freezes Libyan assets in the US.
1998 Unabomber suspect Theodore Kaczynski asks to act as his own lawyer.
1998 World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Ahmed Yousef sentenced to life.
1894 Columbus World’s fair in Chicago destroyed by fire.
1962 Dutch express train crashes into slow commuter train, 91 die (Netherlands).
1979 512 die as oil tanker Bantry Bay blows up.
1989 Boeing 737-400 crashes in England, 46 die.
1918 Mississippi becomes 1st state to ratify 18th amendment (prohibition).
1964 President Lyndon B Johnson declares “War on Poverty”.
1982 Justice Department withdraws antitrust suit against IBM, pending since 1969.
1992 US President George Bush gets ill & vomits on Japanese prime minister’s lap during Japanese tour.
1923 Typography strike in Amsterdam.
1998 Roseanne files for divorce from 3rd husband Ben Thomas.
1598 Jews are expelled from Genoa Italy.
1978 Israel’s Cabinet votes to `strengthen’ settlements in occupied Sinai.
1716 Dutch gang leader “Sjako” arrested.
BUSINESS & FINANCE
1675 1st American commercial corporation chartered (New York Fishing Co).
1870 US mint at Carson City NV begins issuing coins.
1974 Gold hits record $126.50 an ounce in London.
1974 Silver hits record $3.40 an ounce in New York.
1987 Dow Jones closes above 2,000 for 1st time (2,002.25).
1988 Dow Jones down 140.58 points.
1760 Comet C/1760 A1 (Great comet) approaches within 0.0682 astronomical units (AUs) of Earth.
1973 USSR launches Luna 21 for Moon landing.
1790 George Washington delivers 1st “State of the Union” address.
1798 11th Amendment ratified, judicial powers construed.
1806 Cape colony becomes English colony.
1830 Dutch King Willem I fires him displeasing parliament members.
1947 General George Marshall becomes Secretary of State.
1959 Charles de Gaulle inaugurated as President of France’s 5th Republic.
1800 Wild Boy of Aveyron discovered in southern France.
1806 Lewis & Clark find skeleton of 105′ blue whale in Oregon.
1971 29 pilot whales beach themselves & die at San Clemente Island CA.
1811 Louisiana slave revolt by Charles Deslondes at German Coast.
1838 Rebellion at Amherstburg, Ontario breaks out.
1848 Austrian soldiers kill 10 students, Pavia.
1958 Cuban revolutionary forces capture Havana.
1833 Boston Academy of Music, 1st US music school, established.
1838 1st telegraph message sent using dots & dashes, New Jersey.
1856 Dr John A Veatch discovers borax, Tuscan Springs CA.
1929 1st telephone connection between Netherlands & West-Indies.
1982 Johnny Cash Parkway opens in Hendersonville Tennessee.
1988 Hewlett-Packard introduces the HP-28S Advanced Scientific Calculator.
1853 1st US bronze equestrian statue (of Andrew Jackson) unveiled, Washington.
1867 Legislation gives suffrage to DC blacks, despite President Johnson’s veto.
1995 15th United Negro College Fund raises $12,200,000.
1884 Chrome tanning process for leather patented by Augustus Schultz.
1889 Dr Herman Hollerith receives 1st US patent for a tabulating machine (1st Computer).
1935 Spectrophotometer patented, AC Hardy.
1904 Pope Pius X banned low cut dresses in the presence of churchmen.
1925 1st all-female US state supreme court appointed, Texas.
1980 NCAA decides to sponsor women’s championships in 5 sports.
1940 Britain’s 1st WWII rationing (bacon, butter & sugar
1948 Queen Wilhelmina signs death sentence against Ans van Dijk for treaso
1951 Thought extinct since 1615, a Cahow is rediscovered in Bermuda.
1954 Elvis Presley pays $4 to a Memphis studio & records his 1st two songs, “Casual Love” & “I’ll Never Stand in Your Way”.
1956 Elvis Presley’s “Don’t Be Cruel/Hound Dog” single goes to #1 & stays #1 for a record 11 weeks (for a single).
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.
1955 Georgia Tech ends Kentucky’s 130-game home basketball win streak.
1962 Golfer Jack Nicklaus, 21, 1st pro appearance, he came in 50th.
1972 NCAA announces freshman can play on teams starting in fall.
1984 NCAA announces that basketball tournament will have 64 teams.
1993 Chicago Bull Michael Jordan scores his 20,000th career point.
1996 For 1st time in 25 years no one is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.
1963 “Mona Lisa”, on loan, unveiled in America’s National Gallery of Art.
1965 Senator Everett Dirksen introduces a bill to make marigold the national flower (didn’t pass).
1656 Oldest surviving commercial newspaper begins (Haarlem, Netherlands).
1966 Who & the Kinks perform on the last “Shindig” TV show on ABC.
1968 Jacques Cousteau’s 1st undersea special on US network TV.
1979 Today Show gets a new theme song.
1993 NBC offers “Tonight Show” to David Letterman.
1974 Loch Ness Monster photographed.
1975 Judge Sirica orders release of Watergate’s John W Dean III, Herbert W Kalmbach & Jeb Stuart Magruder from prison.
1996 Blizzard buries eastern US causing at least 50 deaths.
1814 Thomas Green Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1864
1821 James Longstreet Confederate General (1st Corps, ANV)
1823 Alfred Russel Wallace British zoologist/co-discoverer (evolution)
1836 Fannie M Jackson pioneer & educator, 1st US Black woman college grad
1862 Frank Nelson Doubleday publisher/founder (Doubleday & Co)
1886 Noble Drew Ali [Timothy Drew], North Carolina, prophet (Moorish Science Temple)
1902 Georgy M Malenkov Stalin’s successor as head of CPSU, PM (1953-55)
1904 Peter Arno New York City NY, cartoonist (New Yorker)
1923 Larry Storch New York City NY, comedian (F Troop, Larry Storch Show)
1926 Soupy Sales [Milton Hines], North Carolina, comedian (Soupy Sales Show)
1928 Sander Vanocur Cleveland OH, news anchor (NBC Weekend News)
1931 Bill Graham Germany, rock promoter (Fillmore)
1933 Charles Osgood New York City NY, news anchor (CBS Weekend News)
1935 Elvis Aaron Presley Tupelo MS, rocker (Blue Suede Shoes, Hounddog)
1935 Jesse Garon Presley stillborn twin brother of Elvis
1937 Bob Eubanks Flint MI, TV host (Newlywed Game)
1937 Shirley Bassey Cardiff Wales, singer (Goldfinger, Moonraker)
1939 Yvette Mimieux Hollywood CA, actress (Time Machine, Where the Boys Are)
1940 Cristy Lane US, country/gospel singer
1940 Little Anthony [Gourdine] rocker (& Imperials)
1941 Graham Chapman England, comedian (Monty Python’s Flying Circus)
1942 Stephen Hawking English physicist (Black Holes & Baby Universes)
1946 Kathleen Noone actress (All My Children, Party of 5, Knots Landing)
1946 Robbie Kreiger Los Angeles CA, guitarist (Doors-Come on Baby Light My Fire)
1947 Igor Ivanov Leningrad, Canadian chess champion (1981-84, 1985- )
1947 Terry Sylvester rocker (Hollies-The Air that I Breathe)
1947 David Bowie [Jones], London, singer/actor (Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust)
1948 Paul King rocker (Blue Oyster Cult)
1952 Laurie Walters San Francisco CA, actress (Joannie-Eight is Enough)
1953 Bruce Sutter pitcher (Cubs, Cards, Braves)
1955 Mike Reno Vancouver BC Canada, rock vocalist (Loverboy-Get Lucky, Heaven in Your Eyes)
1969 R Kelly singer (I Wish I Could Fly)
1971 Brenda Lee Armstrong Albert Lea MN, Miss Minnesota-America (1990)
1978 Petra Minarova Miss Czech Republic-Universe (1997)
1979 Sequoyah chimpanzee (son of Washoe)
1982 Gaby Hoffman actress (Field of Dreams, Uncle Buck, Now & Then)
1324 Marco Polo Venetian explorer/Governor of Nanking, dies
1642 Galileo Galilei Italian physicist/astronomer, dies at 78 in Arceti Italy
1880 [Joshua] Norton I Emperor of US/Protector of México, dies at 60
1934 Alexandre Stavisky French swindler, dies
1941 Lord Robert Baden-Powell founder of the Boy Scout movement, dies at 83
1975 John Dierkes actor (Red Badge of Courage), dies at 69
1976 Chou En-lai China’s PM (1949-76), dies of cancer in Beijing at 78
1982 Reta Shaw actress (Ghost & Mrs Muir), dies of emphysema at 69
1991 Steve Clark guitarist (Def Leppard-Hysteria), dies at 30
1992 Menachim Begin Israeli PM, dies at 78 of a heart attack
1994 Harvey Haddix pitcher (12 perfect inning game), dies at 68
1994 Lady Caithness wife of British undersecretary, commits suicide
1994 Pat Buttram actor (Haney-Green Acres), dies of kidney failure at 78
1996 Francois Mitterrand President of France (1981-95), dies of cancer at 79
1997 Ronald William Eastman cinematographer, dies at 60
1998 Walter Diemer inventor (bubble gum 1928), dies of heart failure at 93
January 8, the 8th day of 2008. There are 358 days left in the year.
compiled by Mondoreb
[Source: Today in History