On This Day in History for January 8 (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 131 of 131

  • 1982 Justice Dept withdraws antitrust suit against IBM, pending since
  • 1984 Wash Caps Bengt Gustafsson scores 5 goals to beat Philadelphia 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)
  • 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 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.
  • 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

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

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • 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 15th United Negro College Fund raises $12,200,000
  • 1996 Blizzard buries eastern US causing at least 50 deaths

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

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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

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2016 Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announces the recapture of drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, six months after he escaped prison


Birthdays in History

Birthdays 101 - 106 of 106

  • 1971 Brenda Lee Armstrong, Albert Lea Minn, Miss Minn-America (1991)
  • 1971 Jason Giambi, West Covina CA, infielder (Oakland A's)
  • 1973 Mark Knight, English sound designer
  • 1978 Boris Avrukh, Israeli chess grandmaster
  • 1979 Sequoyah, chimpanzee (son of Washoe)

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1983 Kim Jong-un, Supreme Leader of North Korea (2011-), born in Pyongyang

Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un
Supreme Leader of North Korea
Kim Jong-un

Weddings in History


Divorces in History


Deaths in History

Deaths 101 - 105 of 105

  • 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
  • 2017 Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, 4th President of Iran (1989-97) and de facto commander-in-chief of the Iranian military during the Iran-Iraq War, dies of a heart attack at 82
  • 2017 Roy Innis, American activist, leader of the Congress of Racial Equality, dies at 82