On This Day

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

Events in History

  • 1982 AT&T agrees to divest itself of 22 Bell System companies
  • 1982 Johnny Cash Parkway opens in Hendersonville, Tennessee
  • 1982 Justice Department 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
  • 1987 Dow Jones closes above 2,000 for 1st time (2,002.25)
  • 1988 Dow Jones down 140.58 points

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1988 Hewlett-Packard introduces HP-28S Advanced Scientific Calculator

Electrical Engineer and Businessman Bill Hewlett
Electrical Engineer and Businessman
Bill Hewlett
  • 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.

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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

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1999 Tree planting protest against the privatisation of Karura Forest, including Wangari Maathai, attacked in Kenya prompting outrage

Environmentalist Wangari Maathai
Environmentalist
Wangari Maathai
  • 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

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2004 RMS Queen Mary 2, the largest passenger ship ever built, is christened by her namesake's granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
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

Person of InterestEl Chapo Finally Recaptured

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

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Mexican drug lord Joaquín
Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán in American custody after being extradited to the United States
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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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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

Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihide Suga
Prime Minister of Japan
Yoshihide Suga

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

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2021 Storm Filomena hits Spain with 50cm (20 inches) of snow falling on Madrid, resulting in four deaths and leaving thousands stranded

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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

US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
US Speaker of the House
Nancy Pelosi
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
48th Vice President of the United States Mike Pence
48th Vice President of the United States
Mike Pence

Birthdays in History


Weddings in History


Divorces in History


Deaths in History

  • 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
  • 2020 Peter T. Kirstein, British computer scientist 'European father of the internet' (Internet Protocol), dies at 86