About January 8

January 8, 2020 is the 8th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 358 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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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 17 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On January 8

  • 1746
    Second Jacobite Rising: Bonnie Prince Charlie occupies Stirling.
  • 1780
    An earthquake of estimated magnitude 7.7 hits the city of Tabriz, Iran, killing about 80,000 people and causing major damage.
  • 1790
    George Washington delivers the first State of the Union address in New York, New York.
  • 1806
    Cape Colony becomes a British colony.
  • 1815
    War of 1812: Battle of New Orleans – Andrew Jackson leads American forces in victory over the British.
  • 1838
    Alfred Vail demonstrates a telegraph system using dots and dashes (this is the forerunner of Morse code).
  • 1918
    President Woodrow Wilson announces his “Fourteen Points” for the aftermath of World War I.
  • 1920
    The steel strike of 1919 ends in a complete failure for the Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel and Tin Workers labor union.
  • 1962
    The Harmelen train disaster killed 93 people in the Netherlands.
  • 1964
    President Lyndon B. Johnson declares a “War on Poverty” in the United States.
  • 1975
    Ella T. Grasso becomes Governor of Connecticut, the first woman to serve as a Governor in the United States other than by succeeding her husband.
  • 1977
    Three bombs explode in Moscow within 37 minutes, killing seven. The bombings are attributed to an Armenian separatist group.
  • 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.
  • 1989
    The Kegworth air disaster. British Midland flight 92 crashes into the M1 motorway killing 47 people out of 127 on board.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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