On This Day

What Happened on January 8, 2011

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • 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
  • Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Americans Bethanie Mattek-Sands & John Isner beat Belgian pair Justine Henin & Ruben Bemelmans 6-1, 6-3 to clinch a 2-1 victory; 6th title for the United States

Famous Deaths

  • John Roll, United States Federal Judge (b.1947)
  • Thorbjørn Svenssen, Norwegian footballer (b. 1924)
  • 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