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January 8th, 2008 (January 08 2008)EventNew Jersey officially apologizes for slavery, becoming the first Northern state to do so. Oddly enough, it happened within hours of the death of Clyde Otis.
January 8th, 2006 (January 08 2006)EventA 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.
January 8th, 2004 (January 08 2004)EventThe RMS Queen Mary 2, the largest passenger ship ever built, is christened by her namesake s granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II.
January 8th, 2002 (January 08 2002)EventPresident George W. Bush signs into law the No Child Left Behind Act.George W. Bush Quotes
January 8th, 1996 (January 08 1996)EventAn Antonov 32 cargo turboprop powered plane crashes into the central market in Kinshasa, Zaire killing more than 350 people.
January 8th, 1994 (January 08 1994)EventRussian cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov on Soyuz TM-18 leaves for Mir. He would stay on the space station until March 22, 1995, for a record 437 days in space.
January 8th, 1989 (January 08 1989)EventThe Kegworth air disaster. British Midland flight 92 crashes into the M1 motorway killing 47 people out of 127 onboard.
January 8th, 1989 (January 08 1989)EventBeginning of Japanese Heisei era.
January 8th, 1982 (January 08 1982)EventAT&T agrees to divest itself of twenty-two subdivisions.
January 8th, 1979 (January 08 1979)EventThe tanker Betelgeuse explodes in Bantry Bay, Ireland (The Betelgeuse incident).
January 8th, 1975 (January 08 1975)EventElla Grasso becomes Governor of Connecticut, becoming the first woman to serve as a Governor in the United States who did not succeed her husband.
January 8th, 1973 (January 08 1973)EventSoviet space mission Luna 21 is launched.
January 8th, 1973 (January 08 1973)EventWatergate scandal: The trial of seven men accused of illegal entry into Democratic Party headquarters at Watergate begins.
January 8th, 1964 (January 08 1964)EventPresident Lyndon B. Johnson declares a "War on Poverty" in the United States.Lyndon Johnson Quotes
January 8th, 1962 (January 08 1962)EventLeonardo da Vinci s Mona Lisa is exhibited in the United States for the first time at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
January 8th, 1962 (January 08 1962)EventThe Harmelen train disaster kills 93 people in The Netherlands.
January 8th, 1961 (January 08 1961)EventIn France, a referendum supports Charles de Gaulle s policies in Algeria.Charles de Gaulle Quotes
January 8th, 1959 (January 08 1959)EventFidel Castro s Cuban Revolution is completed with the take over of Santiago de Cuba.Fidel Castro Quotes
January 8th, 1956 (January 08 1956)EventOperation Auca: Five U.S. missionaries are killed by the Huaorani of Ecuador shortly after making contact with them.
January 8th, 1940 (January 08 1940)EventWorld War II: Britain introduces food rationing.
January 8th, 1926 (January 08 1926)EventAbdul-Aziz ibn Saud becomes the King of Hejaz and renames it Saudi Arabia.
January 8th, 1918 (January 08 1918)EventPresident Woodrow Wilson announces his "Fourteen Points" for the aftermath of World War I.
January 8th, 1916 (January 08 1916)EventWorld War I: Allied forces withdraw from Gallipoli.
January 8th, 1912 (January 08 1912)EventThe African National Congress is founded.
January 8th, 1906 (January 08 1906)EventA landslide in Haverstraw, New York, caused by the excavation of clay along the Hudson River, kills 20 people.
January 8th, 1900 (January 08 1900)EventPresident William McKinley places Alaska under military rule.William McKinley Quotes
January 8th, 1877 (January 08 1877)EventCrazy Horse and his warriors fight their last battle with the United States Cavalry at Wolf Mountain (Montana Territory).
January 8th, 1867 (January 08 1867)EventAfrican American men granted the right to vote in Washington, D.C.
January 8th, 1863 (January 08 1863)EventAmerican Civil War: Second Battle of Springfield
January 8th, 1838 (January 08 1838)EventAlfred Vail demonstrates a telegraph using dots and dashes (this is the forerunner of Morse code).
January 8th, 1835 (January 08 1835)EventThe United States national debt is 0 for the first and only time.
January 8th, 1815 (January 08 1815)EventWar of 1812: Battle of New OrleansAndrew Jackson leads American forces in victory over the British.Andrew Jackson Quotes
January 8th, 1811 (January 08 1811)EventA unsuccessful slave revolt was led by Charles Deslandes in St. Charles and St. James, Louisiana.
January 8th, 1806 (January 08 1806)EventCape Colony becomes a British colony.
January 8th, 1790 (January 08 1790)EventGeorge Washington delivers the first State of the Union Address address in New York City.George Washington Quotes
January 8th, 1746 (January 08 1746)EventBonnie Prince Charlie occupies Stirling.
January 8th, 1734 (January 08 1734)EventPremiere of George Frideric Handel s Ariodante at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.George Frideric Handel Quotes
January 8th, 1499 (January 08 1499)EventLouis XII of France marries Anne of Brittany.
January 8th, 1297 (January 08 1297)EventMonaco gains its independence.
January 8th, 0871 (January 08 0871)EventBattle of AshdownEthelred of Wessex defeats a Danish invasion army.

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