On This Day

Historical Events on January 8 (Part 2)

Album Release

2016 ISO/Columbia Records/Sony Music release David Bowie's 26th and final studio album "Blackstar" on his 69th birthday; enters charts in US and UK at #1

Golden Globes

2017 74th Golden Globes: "Moonlight", Casey Affleck and Isabelle Huppert win

  • 2018 US record year for cost of natural disasters announced - $306 billion in 2017
  • 2018 Self-declared Republic of Somaliland passes its first ever law against rape
  • 2018 College Football National Championship, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta: #4 Alabama beats #3 Georgia, 26-23
  • 2020 Iran launches missile strike on Irbil and Al Asad bases in Iraqi housing some American troops in retaliation to assassination of General Qasem Soleimani

Music History

2020 Singer Justin Bieber reveals he has Lyme disease, an infectious disease spread by ticks

  • 2020 Ukrainian Boeing 737-800 crashes just after take-off from Tehran, Iran, killing all 176 people on board
  • 2020 Duke and Duchess of Sussex announce they are stepping back as "senior" royals, will work towards becoming financially independent

COVID-19 Pandemic

2021 Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declares a state of emergency for Tokyo and surrounding areas after COVID-19 cases surge to their highest level

Historic Event

2021 Twitter bans US President Donald Trump permanently "due to the risk of further incitement of violence"

  • 2021 Storm Filomena hits Spain with 50cm (20 inches) of snow falling on Madrid, resulting in four deaths and leaving thousands stranded

Historic Event

2021 US Speaker Nancy Pelosi demands President Donald Trump's resignation or he will face impeachment, while also calling for vice-president Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove him

  • 2022 The United Kingdom passes 150,000 COVID-19 deaths, the first country in Europe and the seventh globally [1]