About January 8

January 8, 2022 is the 8th day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 357 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

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Capricorn is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Garnet is the modern birthstone for this month. Emerald is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 24 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On January 8

  • 307
    Jin Huidi, Chinese Emperor of the Jin Dynasty, is poisoned and succeeded by his son Jin Huaidi.
  • 871
    Alfred the Great leads a West Saxon army to repel an invasion by Danelaw Vikings.
  • 1499
    Louis XII of France marries Anne of Brittany.
  • 1746
    Second Jacobite Rising: Bonnie Prince Charlie occupies Stirling.
  • 1912
    The African National Congress is founded.
  • 1940
    World War II: Britain introduces food rationing.
  • 1945
    World War II: Philippine Commonwealth troops under the Philippine Commonwealth Army units was enter the province of Ilocos Sur in Northern Luzon and attack Japanese Imperial forces.
  • 1962
    The Harmelen train disaster killed 93 people in the Netherlands.
  • 1963
    Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is exhibited in the United States for the first time, at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
  • 1964
    President Lyndon B. Johnson declares a “War on Poverty” in the United States.
  • 1973
    Soviet space mission Luna 21 is launched.
  • 1979
    The tanker Betelgeuse explodes in Bantry Bay, Ireland.
  • 1981
    A local farmer reports a UFO sighting in Trans-en-Provence, France, claimed to be “perhaps the most completely and carefully documented sighting of all time”.
  • 1989
    Beginning of Japanese Heisei period.
  • 1994
    Russian cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov on Soyuz TM-18 leaves for Mir. He would stay on the space station until March 22, 1995, for a record 437 days in space.
  • 1996
    An Antonov 32 cargo turboprop powered plane crashes into the central market in Kinshasa, Zaire killing more than 350 people.
  • 2002
    President George W. Bush signs into law the No Child Left Behind Act.
  • 2005
    The nuclear sub USS San Francisco collides at full speed with an undersea mountain south of Guam. One man is killed, but the sub surfaces and is repaired.
  • 2010
    Gunmen from an offshoot the Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda attacked the bus carrying the Togo national football team on its way to the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, killing three.
  • 2011
    An attempted assassination of Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and subsequent shooting in Casas Adobes, Arizona at a Safeway grocery store kills 6 people and wounds 13, including Giffords.

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