Famous Events on this Day in History, January 08:

624 - Moslem army occupies Kurashitische Caravan
794 - Vikings attacked Lindisfarne Island
871 - Battle at Ashdown: Ethelred of Wessex beats Danish invasion army
1198 - Lotario di Segni elected Pope Innocentius III
1214 - Earl Ferrand of Flanders drops ties with France
1297 - Monaco gains its independence.
1499 - Louis XII of France after papal divorce marries Anne, Duchess of Brittany to keep duchy for the crown
1558 - French troops under duke de Guise occupy Calais
1598 - Genoa Italy expels Jews
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 - Georg 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 - George Washington delivers 1st state of union address (or Jan 4)
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 English 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 ended 12/24/1814 but nobody knew
1830 - Dutch King Willem I fires him displeasing parliament members
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 - 1st telegraph message sent using dots & dashes (NJ)
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, Wash
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
1865 - Sen Everett Dirksen introduces a bill to make marigold the natl flower
1867 - Legislation gives suffrage to DC blacks, despite Pres Johnson's veto
1867 - African American men granted the right to vote in Washington, D.C.
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 - 1st Computer patented
1889 - Dr Herman Hollerith receives 1st US patent for a tabulating machine
1894 - Columbus World's fair in Chicago destroyed by fire
1897 - Michael Eagan wins 1st US national amateur handball championship
1901 - NSW score 918 all out vs South Australia in 560 minutes
1902 - 1st National Bowling Championship held (Chicago, Ill)
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 - The African National Congress is founded.
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 WW I
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
1930 - Belgium Princess Marie-Jose marries Italian's crown prince Umberto
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.
1941 - British Air Marshal Richard Peirse resigns
1945 - "Youth for Christ" organizes
1947 - Gen George Marshall becomes Sect 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 govt
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 - European Parliament accept Mansholt Plan
1964 - President Lyndon B Johnson declares "War on Poverty"
1965 - Sen Dirksen proposes marigold as national flower (didn'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 appointed French premier
1966 - Who & the Kinks perform on the last "Shindig" TV show on ABC
1968 - Jacques Cousteau's 1st undersea special on US network TV
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 govt votes to `strengthen' settlements in occupied Sinai
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 in 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 - Michael Jordan scores his 20,000th career point
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 - Roseanne files for divorce from 3rd husband Ben Thomas
1998 - Unabomber suspect Theodore Kaczynski asks to act as his own lawyer
1998 - World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Ahmed Yousef sentenced to life
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.
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.
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