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Events of January 8th:

January 8th is the 8th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 357 days remaining until the end of the year (358 days in leap years).

On this page, we have placed information about January 8th, including famous people born on, historical events that occurred on, holidays and observances that fall on, and astrological connections of, this day.
Famous People born on January 8th:

1742 Philip Astley (creator of the modern circus)

1823 Alfred Russel Wallace (naturalist, independently developed the theory of evolution by natural selection from Charles Darwin)

1870 Miguel Primo de Rivera (Prime Minister of Spain 1923-1930)

1929 Saeed Jaffrey (actor)

1934 Roy Kinnear (actor)

1935 Elvis Presley (singer, actor, "The King")

1937 Shirley Bassey (singer)

1941 Graham Chapman (comedian - Monty Python)

1942 Stephen Hawking (physicist and author)

Stephen Hawking

1947 David Bowie (singer, actor)

David Bowie

1965 Michelle Forbes (actress)

1967 R. Kelly (singer, producer)

1969 Sean Paul (singer)

1980 Rachel Nichols (actress)

1982 Gabby Hoffmann (actress)

1985 Rachael Lampa (singer)

1986 David Silva (soccer player)

January 8th in History:

1198 Innocent III becomes Pope.

1297 Monaco gains independence.

1912 African National Congress founded in South Africa.

1918 US President Woodrow Wilson announces his "Fourteen Points" for ending World War I.

Woodrow Wilson

1940 Britain introduces food rationing.

1958 Bobby Fischer, aged 14, wins the United States Chess Championship.


1964 US President Lyndon B. Johnson announces a "War on Poverty"

Lyndon Johnson

1971 NASDAQ opens for the first time.

1987 DOW Jones Industrial Average closes for the first time above 2,000.

January 8th is also:

Commonwealth Day in the Northern Mariana Islands


People born on January 8th are Capricorn


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