January 8 Events in History - January 8 Birthdays - January 8 Deaths
2015 The U.S. has fined American Honda Motor Company $70 million for neglecting to report, from mid-2003 to mid-2014, over 1,700 safety issues that resulted in deaths or injuries
2014 Award nominations are announced ahead of the 67th British Academy Film Awards; heading the list is Sandra Bullock for best actress in 'Gravity' by director Alfonso Cuaron
2014 The U.S. Senate votes to renew jobless benefits for 1.3 million Americans; the bill,calling for a three-month extension, will not be approved unless House Democrats agree to deal to cover $6 billion dollar cost without adding to the federal debt
2013 Thousands of people on Australia's east coast are threatened by over 130 wildfires burning, and are forced to leave their homes
2013 U.S. scientists claim 2012 weather as the hottest year ever recorded
2012 After a year of being held hostage by pirates, 15 Georgian soldiers are released through efforts of the Somalian government
2011 U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords is shot, Judge John Roll killed, in a Tucson, Arizona shooting rampage that killed 6 people and injured 14
2011 Chinese prosecutors claim over 600 people were killed in Yunnan over a seven year period from official misconduct
2010 The parliament in Portugal approves a bill legalizing same-sex marriage
1998 New York Giant General Manager 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
1996 Blizzard buries eastern U.S. causing at least 50 deaths
1996 For 1st time in 25 years no one is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
1995 "Guys and Dolls" closes at Martin Beck Theater New York City after 1143 performances
1995 15th United Negro College Fund raises $12,200,000
1995 Mike Schmidt is elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame
1994 Rintje Ritsma skates world record 1500m (1:51.60)
1994 Russian manned space craft TM-18, launches into orbit
1994 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Davis
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
1992 George Bush gets ill and vomits on Japanese prime minister's lap
1991 "Davis Rules," with Jonathan Winters and Randy Quaid premieres on ABC-TV
1991 Gaylord Perry, Ferguson Jenkins and 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)
1989 "42nd Street" closes at Winter Garden Theater New York City after 3,486 performances
1989 "Starlight Express" closes at Gershwin Theater New York City after 761 performances
1989 Boeing 737-400 crashes in England, 46 die
1989 Soviet Union promises to eliminate stockpiles of chemical weapons
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 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Debi Thomas
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
1986 Willie McCovey is 16th elected to Hall of Fame in his 1st year
1985 Japan launches Sakigake space probe to Halley's Comet
1984 NCAA announces that basketball tournament will have 64 teams
1984 Washington Caps Bengt Gustafsson scores 5 goals to beat Philadelphia 7-1
1982 AT&T agrees to divest itself of 22 Bell System companies
1982 Johnny Cash Parkway opens in Hendersonville, Tennessee
1982 Justice Department withdraws antitrust suit against IBM
1981 "Pirates of Penzance" opens at Uris Theater New York City for 772 performances
1981 India all out 63 in one-day international vs. Australia
1981 Reds become last team to sign a free agent (Larry Biitner)
1980 Islander Glenn Resch's 20th shut-out opponent-Canucks 3-0
1980 NCAA decides to sponsor women's championships in 5 sports
1979 512 die as oil tanker Bantry Bay blows up
1979 Argentina and Chile sign Beagle Canal accord
1979 Today Show gets a new theme song
1979 Vietnamese troops overtook Khmer Rouge and occupy Phnom Penh
1978 Israeli government votes to 'strengthen' settlements in occupied Sinai
1976 Franklin Mint strikes 1st gold coins for Netherlands Antilles
1975 Judge Sirica orders release of Watergate's John W Dean III, Herbert W Kalmbach and Jeb Stuart Magruder from prison
1974 E Wilson Jr's musical "Let My People Come," premieres in New York City
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
1973 "Tricks" opens at Alvin Theater New York City for 8 performances
1973 Greg Chappell's best Test bowling, 5-61 vs. Pakistan at SCG
1973 Secret peace talks between U.S. and North Vietnam resumed near Paris
1973 U.S.S.R. launches Luna 21 for Moon landing
1972 Dmitri Shostakovich' 15th Symphony, premieres in Moscow
1972 NCAA announces freshman can play on teams starting in fall
1971 29 pilot whales beach themselves and die at San Clemente Island, California
1971 Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota established
1968 Jacques Cousteau's 1st undersea special on U.S. network TV
1966 Beatles' "Rubber Soul," album goes #1 and stays #1 for 6 weeks
1966 Beatles' "We Can Work It Out," single goes #1 and stays #1 for 3 weeks
1966 Georges Pompidou appointed French premier
1966 Who and the Kinks perform on the last "Shindig" TV show on ABC
1965 Senator Everett Dirksen introduces a bill to make marigold the national flower
1965 Star of India returned to American Museum of Natural History
1964 European Parliament accept Mansholt Plan
1964 President Lyndon B Johnson declares "War on Poverty"
1963 "Mona Lisa," on loan, unveiled in America's National Gallery of Art
1963 Dmitri Shostakovich' Katharina Ismailova, premieres in Riga
1962 Dutch express train crashes into slow commuter train, 93 die (Netherlands)
1962 Golfer Jack Nicklaus, 21, 1st pro appearance, he came in 50th
1961 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Yvor Winters
1959 Charles de Gaulle inaugurated as President of France's 5th Republic
1958 Cuban revolutionary forces capture Havana
1956 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Conrad Aiken
1956 Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog," single goes to #1 and stays #1 for a record 11 weeks (for a single)
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 WUNorth Carolina TV channel 4 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina (PBS) begins broadcasting
1954 Elvis Presley pays $4 to a Memphis studio and records his 1st two songs, "Casual Love" and "I'll Never Stand in Your Way"
1953 Indians bar night games with Browns (who refuse to share TV receipts)
1953 Rene Mayer forms French government
1952 Jordan adopts constitution
1951 Thought extinct since 1615, a Cahow is rediscovered in Bermuda
1949 "Make Mine Manhattan" closes at Broadhurst Theater New York City after 429 performances
1949 "My Romance" closes at Shubert Theater New York City after 95 performances
1949 "Small Wonder" closes at Coronet Theater New York City after 134 performances
1948 Queen Wilhelmina signs death sentence against Ans van Dijk for treason
1947 General George Marshall becomes Secretary of State
1947 Toronto Maple Leaf rookie Howie Meeker scores 5 goals in a game
1945 "Youth for Christ" organizes
1941 British Air Marshal Richard Peirse resigns
1940 Britain's 1st WW II rationing (bacon, butter and sugar)
1938 Bradman scores 107 for South Australia vs. Qld (1st innings)
1937 -50 degrees F (-45.6 degrees C), San Jacinto, Nevada (state record)
1935 Spectrophotometer patented, AC Hardy
1934 Jaap Speyers "Bluejackets" premieres in Amsterdam
1932 Ratification of present San Francisco City Charter
1931 Philadelphia Quakers set then NHL record of 15 straight loses
1930 Belgium Princess Marie-Jose marries Italian's crown prince Umberto
1929 1st telephone connection between Netherlands and West-Indies
1929 CBS radio network buys WABC in New York City
1926 Abdul-Aziz ibn Sa'ud becomes king of Hejaz; renames it Saudi Arabia
1925 1st all-female U.S. state supreme court appointed, Texas
1923 Typography strike in Amsterdam
1918 Mississippi becomes 1st state to ratify 18th amendment (prohibition)
1918 President Wilson outlines his 14 points for peace after WW I
1917 Austria-Hungarian troops conquer Forlani Italy
1913 Frank Chance becomes Yankee manager
1904 Pope Pius X banned low cut dresses in the presence of churchmen
1902 1st National Bowling Championship held (Chicago, Ill)
1901 NSW score 918 all out vs South Australia in 560 minutes
1897 Michael Eagan wins 1st U.S. national amateur handball championship
1894 Columbus World's fair in Chicago destroyed by fire
1889 1st Computer patented
1889 Dr. Herman Hollerith receives 1st U.S. patent for a tabulating machine
1884 Chrome tanning process for leather patented by Augustus Schultz
1878 Secret meeting of King Leopold II's agent and Henry Morton Stanley
1870 U.S. mint at Carson City, Nevada begins issuing coins
1867 Legislation gives suffrage to DC blacks, despite President Johnson's veto
1857 Dion Boucicauly's "Poor of NY," premieres in New York City
1856 Dr. John A Veatch discovers borax, Tuscan Springs, California
1853 1st U.S. bronze equestrian statue (of Andrew Jackson) unveiled, Wash
1848 Austrian soldiers kill 10 students, Pavia
1842 Dutch King Willem II charters Technical College Delft
1838 1st telegraph message sent using dots and dashes in New Jersey
1838 Rebellion at Amherstburg, Ontario breaks out
1833 Boston Academy of Music, 1st U.S. music school, established
1830 Dutch King Willem I fires him displeasing parliament members
1815 Battle of New Orleans-War of 1812 ended 12/24/1814 but nobody knew
1806 Cape colony becomes English colony
1806 Lewis and Clark find skeleton of 105' blue whale in Oregon
1800 Austrians defeat French in 2nd battle of Novi
1800 Wild Boy of Aveyron discovered in southern France
1798 11th Amendment ratified, judicial powers construed
1790 George Washington delivers 1st state of union address
1760 Comet C/1760 A1 (Great comet) approaches within 0.0682 AUs of Earth
1746 Bonnie Prince Charlie's troops occupy Stirling
1745 England, Austria, Netherlands and Saxon sign anti-Prussian Quadruple Alliance
1716 Dutch gang leader "Sjako" arrested
1705 Georg F Handels 1st opera "Almira," premieres in Hamburg
1675 1st American commercial corporation chartered (New York Fishing Co)
1656 Oldest surviving commercial newspaper begins (Haarlem, Netherlands)
1598 Genoa Italy expels Jews
1598 Jews are expelled from Genoa Italy
1558 French troops under duke de Guise occupy Calais
1499 Louis XII of France after papal divorce marries Anne, Duchess of Brittany to keep duchy for the crown
1214 Earl Ferrand of Flanders drops ties with France
1198 Lotario di Segni elected Pope Innocentius III
871 Battle at Ashdown: Ethelred of Wessex beats Danish invasion army
794 Vikings attacked Lindisfarne Island
624 Moslem army occupies Kurashitische Caravan