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On This Day: January 08th

This is 8th day of the year and 357 days remain in the year.

in history
1815
The Battle of New Orleans, the last battle in the War of 1812, was fought.
1918
Woodrow Wilson outlined his Fourteen Points peace program.
1958
Bobby Fischer won the United States Chess Championship for the first time at age 14.
1959

Charles de Gaulle became the first president of France's Fifth Republic.

1964
President Lyndon Johnson announced his War on Poverty.
1982
The AT&T Bell System telephone monopoly agreed to divest itself of 22 Bell System companies and split itself into seven "Baby Bells."
1998
The mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, Ramzi Yousef, was sentenced to life in prison.
2011
Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords is among 17 shot by a gunman at a meeting outside a grocery store. Six people are fatally wounded, including United States District Court Judge John Roll, and a young girl. Police identify the gunman as Jared Lee Loughner.
January 08 BirthdaysStephen William Hawking

1942–, British theoretical physicist.


Nicholas Biddlefinancier
William Piperairplane manufacturer
Wilkie Collinsauthor
Elvis Presleysinger, actor
John Carrollchurchman
Edmond Charles Genêtdiplomat
Emily Greene Balcheconomist and sociologist
Carl Rogerspsychologist
David Bowiemusician, actor
Jose Ferreractor



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