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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
1037 Su Dongpo (calligrapher and poet)
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)
1908 Simone de Beauvoir (philosopher)
1908 William Hartnell (actor - the first Dr Who)
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)
1947 David Bowie (singer, actor)
1965 Michelle Forbes (actress)
1967 R. Kelly (singer, producer)
1969 Sean Paul (singer)
1979 Sarah Polley (actress)
1980 Rachel Nichols (actress)
1982 Gabby Hoffmann (actress)
1983 or 1984 Kim Jong-un (leader of North Korea)
1985 Rachael Lampa (singer)
1986 David Silva (soccer player)
January 8th in History
1198 Innocent III becomes Pope.
1297 Monaco gains independence.
1790 George Washington delivers first State of the Union address in New York City.
1828 Democratic Party of the United States is organized.
1835 United States national debt is zero for the only time in history.
1912 African National Congress founded in South Africa.
1918 US President Woodrow Wilson announces his "Fourteen Points" for ending World War I.
1940 Britain introduces food rationing.
1958 Bobby Fischer, aged 14, wins the United States Chess Championship.
1959 Charles de Gaulle proclaimed President of French Fifth Republic.
1963 Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa is exhibited for the first time in the United States.
1964 US President Lyndon B. Johnson announces a "War on Poverty"
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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