On This Day for 8th January (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 187 of 187

  • 1968 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill travels to Dublin to meet with Irish Prime Minister Jack Lynch to continue discussions on matters of joint interest to the two governments
  • 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 government votes to 'strengthen' settlements in occupied Sinai

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1978 Harvey Milk becomes the 1st openly gay person elected to public office in California

American Politician Harvey Milk
American Politician
Harvey Milk
  • 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
  • 1984 AFC Championship Game: Los Angeles Raiders beat Seattle Seahawks 30-14
  • 1984 NFC Championship Game: Washington Redskins beat San Francisco 49ers 24-21
  • 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 performances
  • 1989 "Starlight Express" closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 761 performances
  • 1989 Boeing 737-400 crashes at Kegworth, England, 46 die
  • 1989 Soviet Union promises to eliminate stockpiles of chemical weapons
  • 1989 Beginning of Japanese Heisei era.
  • 1989 AFC Championship Game: Cincinnati Bengals beat Buffalo Bills 21-10
  • 1989 NFC Championship Game: San Francisco 49ers beat Chicago Bears 28-3
  • 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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 George Bush gets ill & vomits on Japanese prime minister's lap

US President George H. W. Bush
US President
George H. W. Bush

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1993 Chicago Bull Michael Jordan scores his 20,000th career point

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1993 Elvis Presley Commemorative Postage Stamp goes on sale

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1993 NBC offers "Tonight Show" to David Letterman

Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
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 performances
  • 1995 15th United Negro College Fund raises $12,200,000

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1995 Mike Schmidt is elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1998 Unabomber suspect Ted Kaczynski asks to act as his own lawyer

Serial Murderer and Domestic Terrorist Ted Kaczynski
Serial Murderer and Domestic Terrorist
Ted Kaczynski
  • 1998 World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Ahmed Yousef sentenced to life
  • 2000 "Music City Miracle", with 16 seconds left in the AFC Wild Card Playoff Game, the Tennessee Titans' Lorenzo Neal handed the ball to Frank Wycheck, who then lateraled the ball across the width of the field to his teammate, Kevin Dyson, who in turn ran the length of the field down the sideline for the game-winning touchdown to defeat the Buffalo Bills 22-16

Music awardsMusic Awards

2001 28th American Music Awards: Faith Hill & Kid Rock win

Country Singer Faith Hill
Country Singer
Faith Hill
  • 2001 The identities of 2 boys who murdered a toddler in 1993 will be kept secret, the High Court rules

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2002 President George W. Bush signs into law the No Child Left Behind Act.

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
  • 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.
  • 2007 9th BCS National Championship: #2 Florida beats #1 Ohio State, 41-14
  • 2008 New Jersey officially apologizes for slavery, becoming the first Northern state to do so.

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

2008 34th People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Reese Witherspoon win (Movie Star) and Patrick Dempsey & Katherine Heigl win (TV)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2008 Joe Gibbs retires, for the second time, as head coach of the Washington Redskins

NFL Head Coach Joe Gibbs
NFL Head Coach
Joe Gibbs
  • 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.
  • 2009 14th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: Slumdog Millionaire wins Best Film
  • 2009 11th BCS National Championship: #2 Florida beats #1 Oklahoma, 24-14
  • 2011 Attempted assassination of Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and subsequent shooting in Casas Adobes, Arizona at a Safeway grocery store kills 6 and wounds 13, including Giffords
  • 2012 "The 3:16 Game", the Denver Broncos' Tim Tebow connected with Demaryius Thomas on an 80-yard touchdown pass on the first scrimmage play of overtime, giving the underdog Broncos a 29–23 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Wild Card Playoff Game
  • 2013 130 wildfires across Australia’s east coast force thousands to evacuate their homes
  • 2013 2,130 prisoners held by the Syrian government are exchanged for 48 Iranians kidnapped by Syrian rebels

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2013 Steve Nash records his 10,000th career assist against Houston

Basketball Player Steve Nash
Basketball Player
Steve Nash
  • 2014 40th People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Sandra Bullock win (Movie Star) and Josh Charles & Stana Katić win (Dramatic TV)
  • 2016 Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announces the recapture of drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, six months after he escaped prison

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 272

  • 1910 Galina Ulanova, St Petersburg Russia, ballerina (Bolshoi)
  • 1911 Andrej Ocenas, composer
  • 1912 José Ferrer, San Juan Puerto Rico, actor/director (Blood Tide, Dune)
  • 1912 Rudolf G Escher, Dutch composer (True Face of Peace)
  • 1913 Horace Smith, cricketer (NZ, only Test wkt off his 1st ball (Paynter))
  • 1914 Charles Borromeo Mills, composer
  • 1915 Walker Cooper, American baseball player (d. 1991)
  • 1917 Peter Taylor, US writer
  • 1917 Stanley Prager, comedian (College Bowl), born in NYC, New York
  • 1920 Hendrikus J Wittebold, civil servant/resistance fighter
  • 1920 Douglas Wilmer, British actor (Sherlock Holmes), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1921 Herta Bothe, Nazi concentration camp guard
  • 1922 Abbey Simon, pianist, born in NYC, New York
  • 1923 Giorgio Tozzi, basso, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1923 Iva Michiels, [Rik Ceuppens], Flemish writer (Ksiega Alfa)
  • 1923 Johnny Wardle, cricketer (Yorkshire & England left-arm bowler of 50's)
  • 1923 Joseph Wiezenbaum, artificial intelligence pioneer
  • 1923 Larry Storch, comedian (F Troop, Larry Storch Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1923 Joseph Weizenbaum, German-American author and computer scientist (d. 2008)
  • 1924 Antai Ribari, composer
  • 1924 Benjamin Lees, [Lysniansky], Harbin Manchuria, composer
  • 1924 Robert Starer, composer, born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1924 Ron Moody, actor (12 Chairs, Oliver!), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • 1925 James Saunders, English chemist/playwright (Ark)
  • 1925 Helmuth Hubener, German activist (d. 1942)
  • 1926 Evelyn Lear, [Shulman], soprano, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1926 Jani Christou, composer
  • 1926 Soupy Sales, [Milton Hines], NC, comedian (Soupy Sales Show)
  • 1926 Kelucharan Mohapatra, Indian Odissi dancer (d. 2004)
  • 1927 Charles Tomlinson, British poet and translator, born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire (d. 2015)
  • 1928 Sander Vanocur, news anchor (NBC Weekend News), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1928 Gaston Miron, Quebec poet and editor (d. 1996)
  • 1929 Saeed Jaffrey, Indian actor (The Chess Players, Gandhi), born in Punjab, India (d. 2015)
  • 1930 Doreen Wilber, US, archer (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • 1931 Bill Graham, Germany, rock promoter (Fillmore)
  • 1931 May Wynn, [Donna Lee Hickey], actress (Caine Mutiny, Noah's Ark), born in NYC, New York
  • 1933 Charles Osgood, news anchor (CBS Weekend News), born in NYC, New York
  • 1933 Jean-Marie Straub, France, director (Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach)
  • 1933 Ko Un, Korean poet
  • 1934 Jacques Anquetil, France, Tour de France cyclist (5-time winner)
  • 1934 Michael Grierson Jarrett, archaeologist
  • 1934 Piet Dankert, Dutch politician (PvdA)
  • 1934 Roy Kinnear, Lancashire England, actor (TW3, Help!, The 3 Musketeers)
  • 1934 Gene Freese, American baseball player, (d. 2013)
  • 1934 Alexandra Ripley, American writer (d. 2004)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1935 Elvis Presley, Tupelo Miss, American singer and King of Rock and Roll (Blue Suede Shoes, Hounddog)

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1935 Jesse Garon Presley, stillborn twin brother of Elvis
  • 1935 Nolan Miller, Burkburnett Tx, fashion designer (Dynasty, Love Boat)
  • 1935 Ian Bargh, Prestwick, Scotland, Canadian jazz pianist and composer (d.2012)
  • 1936 Ferdinand Hartzenberg, South African minister of Education (1979-82)
  • 1936 Zdeněk Mácal, Czech conductor
  • 1936 Robert May, Baron May of Oxford, Australian-born British scientist
  • 1937 Robert Moran, composer
  • 1937 Shirley Bassey, Cardiff Wales, singer (Goldfinger, Moonraker)
  • 1938 Bob Eubanks, TV host (Newlywed Game), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1940 Anthony Gaurdine, (Little Anthony & Imperials-Goin Out of My Head)
  • 1940 Cristy Lane, US, country/gospel singer
  • 1940 Little Anthony [Gourdine], rocker (& Imperials)
  • 1941 Graham Chapman, England, comedian (Monty Python's Flying Circus)
  • 1941 Boris Vallejo, Peruvian illustrator
  • 1942 John Peterson, rocker

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1942 Stephen Hawking, English physicist (Black Holes & Baby Universes)

Physicist Stephen Hawking
Physicist
Stephen Hawking
  • 1942 Vyacheslav Dmitriyevich Zudov, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 23)
  • 1942 Junichiro Koizumi, Japanese politician
  • 1942 Yvette Mimieux, American actress (Time Machine, Where the Boys Are), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1943 Lee Jackson, rocker (Nice)
  • 1943 Marcus Hutson, rock vocalist (Whispers)
  • 1944 Terry Brooks, US, sci-fi author (Sword of Shannara)
  • 1945 John Peters, rock drummer (Harpers Bizarre)
  • 1945 Terry Sylvester, rocker (Hollies)
  • 1946 Elaine Cheris, Dotham Al, fencer-epee (Olympics-96)
  • 1946 Kathleen Noone, actress (All My Children, Party of 5, Knots Landing)
  • 1946 Robby Krieger, American guitarist (Doors-Light My Fire), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1946 Tod Brannan, VP (Logos Network Corp)
  • 1947 David Bowie [Jones], English singer-songwriter (Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust), born in London, England (d. 2016)
  • 1947 Igor Ivanov, Leningrad, Canadian chess champion (1981-84, 1985- )
  • 1947 Terry Sylvester, rocker (Hollies-You are the Air that I Breathe)
  • 1947 Don Bendell, American author & karate master
  • 1947 Samuel Schmid, Swiss politician
  • 1948 Gillies Mackinnon, director (Playboys)
  • 1949 Lawrence Rowe, cricketer (prolific WI batsman, 302 v Eng 1974)
  • 1951 John McTiernan, actor (Predator, Die Hard, Medicine Man), born in Albany, New York
  • 1951 Paul Dresher, composer
  • 1951 Kenny Anthony, Saint Lucian politician
  • 1952 Lauri Walters, actress (8 is Enough, Harrad Experiment), born in San Franciso, California
  • 1952 Norm Jarvis, Prince Albert Sask, golfer (1984 Chilliwack)
  • 1952 Vladimir Feltsman, Russian-American pianist
  • 1953 Bruce Sutter, pitcher (Cubs, Cards, Braves)
  • 1955 Mike Reno, rock vocalist (Loverboy), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1955 Spiros Livathinos, Greek footballer
  • 1957 Nacho Duato, Spanish classical dancer and choreographer
  • 1958 Rey Misterio, Sr., Mexican wrestler
  • 1959 Michael Harwood, Australian golfer, born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1959 Paul Hester, Australian drummer (d. 2005)
  • 1960 Jolanda Egger, Luzean Switz, playmate (June, 1983)
  • 1961 Shoaib Mohammad, cricketer (son of Hanif Patient & prolific batsman)
  • 1961 Kazuki Takahashi, Japanese creator of Yu-Gi-Oh
  • 1961 Calvin Smith, American athlete
  • 1962 Chris Marion, American musician
  • 1963 Hiromi Kobayashi, Fukushima Japan, LPGA golfer (1993 JAL Big Apple)

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Famous Deaths

Deaths 101 - 172 of 172

  • 1981 Matthew Beard, entertainer, dies
  • 1981 Woody Chamblis, actor (Mr Lathrop-Gunsmoke), dies at 66
  • 1982 Gregoire Aslan, actor (Concrete Jungle), dies of 73 of a heart attack
  • 1982 Reta Shaw, actress (Ghost & Mrs Muir), dies of emphysema at 69
  • 1983 Gale Page, actress (4 Daughters, Knute Rockney), dies of cancer at 72
  • 1983 Lois Wilson, actress (Alice-Aldrich Family), dies at 88
  • 1983 Tom McCall, Governor of Oregon (b. 1913)
  • 1983 Gerhard Barkhorn, German fighter pilot (b. 1919)
  • 1983 Ron Frazer, Australian actor (b. 1924)
  • 1986 Yaroslav Seifert, Czech poet (Nobel 1984), dies at 84
  • 1986 Pierre Fournier, French cellist (b. 1906)
  • 1987 P G Joshi, cricketer (12 Tests for India 1951-60, ct 18 stp 9), dies
  • 1987 Peter Adams, actor (Alternative, Blowing Hot & Cold), dies at 69
  • 1988 Frank Pace Jr, US Secretary of Army (1950-53), dies at 76
  • 1989 Johnny Jordaan, [Jan van Musscher], Dutch folk singer, dies at 64
  • 1989 Kenneth McMillan, actor (Malone, Concrete Beat), dies of heart attack at 56
  • 1990 Terry Thomas, Engl comic (Heroes), dies of Parkinson's disease at 78
  • 1991 Steve Clark, guitarist (Def Leppard-Hysteria), dies at 30
  • 1992 Abderrahim Bouabid, Morroco prime secretary (1972), dies
  • 1992 Johnny [Jan] Meijer, Dutch king of accordians (Body & Soul), dies
  • 1992 Menachim Begin, Israeli PM, dies at 78 of a heart attack
  • 1993 Asif Nawaz, Pakistani general, dies
  • 1993 Hakija Turajlic, Bosnian vice-premier, murdered
  • 1993 Theo Bruins, Dutch pianist/composer (Syncope), dies at 63
  • 1994 Edward Duke, actor (Decadence, Silver Bears), dies of cancer at 40
  • 1994 Harvey Haddix, pitcher (12 perfect inning game), dies at 68
  • 1994 Jay Blackton, US conductor/arranger (Oklahoma!), dies at 84
  • 1994 Lady Caithness, wife of Brit undersecretary, commits suicide
  • 1994 Pat Buttram, actor (Haney-Green Acres), dies of kidney failure at 78
  • 1994 Sri Chandrashekhara Saraswathi, guru of Kanchi, dies at 99
  • 1994 Vittorio Mezzogiorno, Italian actor (Octopus), dies at 52
  • 1995 Carlos Monzon, [El Macho], Argentine medium weight boxing champ (1970-77), dies at 52
  • 1995 Joyce McCartan, peace campaigner, dies at 68

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1996 Francois Mitterrand, Pres of France (1981-95), dies of cancer at 79

21st President of France Francois Mitterrand
21st President of France
Francois Mitterrand
  • 1996 Kurt Schmucker, member (Union of Christian Democrats), dies
  • 1996 William Mac Lance "Tiny" McCloud, musician/songwriter, dies at 52
  • 1996 Howard Taubman, American music and theater critic (b. 1907)
  • 1997 Carole Carr, singer/actress (Down Among the Z Men), dies at 68
  • 1997 Jesse White, actor (Maytag repairman), dies at 77
  • 1997 Joseph George Handy Hendleman, musician, dies at 76
  • 1997 Melvin Calvin, scientist, dies at 85
  • 1997 Phyllis Hartnoll, writer/editor, dies at 90
  • 1997 Ronald William Eastman, cinematogrpaher, dies at 60
  • 1998 Michael Tippett, English composer/conductor (Child of our Time) dies at 93
  • 1998 Walter Diemer, inventor (bubble gum 1928), dies of heart failure at 93
  • 2000 Fritz Thiedemann, German equestrianist (b. 1918)
  • 2002 Alexander Prochorow, Nobel Prize in Physics laureate (b. 1916)
  • 2002 Dave Thomas, American fast food entrepreneur (b. 1932)
  • 2003 Ron Goodwin, British composer and conductor (b. 1925)
  • 2004 John A. Gambling, American radio talk-show host (b. 1930)
  • 2005 Campbell McComas, Australian impersonator and broadcaster (b. 1952)
  • 2005 Warren Spears, American choreographer and dancer
  • 2005 Michel Thomas, Polish linguist (b. 1914)
  • 2006 Tony Banks, British politician (b. 1943)
  • 2007 Jane Bolin, first African American female judge (b. 1908)
  • 2007 Yvonne De Carlo, Canadian-born actress (10 Commandments, Lily-Munsters), dies at 84
  • 2007 Francis Cockfield, British politician (b. 1916)
  • 2007 David Ervine, Northern Irish politician (b. 1953)
  • 2007 Iwao Takamoto, American animator (b. 1925)
  • 2008 George Moore, Australian champion jockey (b. 1923)
  • 2008 Clyde Otis, American song writer and music producer (b. c. 1924)
  • 2009 Richard John Neuhaus, Canadian-American Christian writer and editor (b. 1936)
  • 2010 Monica Maughan, Australian actor (b. 1933)
  • 2010 Tony Halme, Finnish boxer and politician (b. 1963)
  • 2011 Thorbjørn Svenssen, Norwegian footballer (b. 1924)
  • 2011 John Roll, United States Federal Judge (b.1947)
  • 2011 Vang Pao, charismatic Laotian general who commanded a secret army of his mountain people in a long, losing campaign against Communist insurgents, dies at 81
  • 2013 Kenojuak Ashevak, Canadian Inuit artist, dies from lung cancer at 85
  • 2013 Jeanne Manford, American gay rights activist, dies at 92
  • 2015 Andraé Crouch, American gospel singer (The Color Purple, The Lion King), dies at 72
  • 2015 Richard Meade, British equestrian (3 Olympic Golds 1968, 1970), dies at 76
  • 2016 Maria Teresa de Filippis, Italian racing car driver (first woman to complete in Formula One), dies at 89