January 8 in History

January 8 in Pop Culture History

January 8th is…
Argyle Day
Bubble Bath Day
Earth’s Rotation Day
English Toffee Day
JoyGerm Day
Man Watcher’s Day
Labrador Retriever Day
Winter Skin Relief Day

1780 (Earthquake) Tabriz, Iran

1790 – George Washington gave the first ‘State of the Union’ message, urging the opening of the US Patent Office.

1815 – Johnny Horton’s Battle of New Orleans derives its melody from a fiddle tune called The 8th of January, the date on which the Battle was fought. Andrew Jackson won the “Battle of New Orleans”.

1835 – The United States’ official debt was $0.00.

1889 – Dr. Herman Hollerith received the 1st U.S. patent for a tabulating machine; technically, this was the first computer patent!

1918 – Mississippi was the 1st state to ratify the 18th amendment (prohibition)

1963 – Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa was exhibited in the United States for the first time at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

1964 – US President Lyndon Johnson declared ‘War on Poverty’

1966 – #1 Hit January 8, 1966 – February 4, 1966: The Beatles – We Can Work It Out

1977 – #1 Hit January 8, 1977 – January 14, 1977: Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. – You Don’t Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show)

1987 – Dow Jones closed above 2,000 for 1st time (2,002.25)

1996 – Jacques Cousteau’s Calypso was accidentally rammed by a barge and sank in Singapore Harbor. It was raised and is now a museum in France.

2002 – President George W. Bush signed the bi-partisan No Child Left Behind Act into law.

2001 – #1 Hit January 8, 2011 – January 28, 2011: Bruno Mars – Grenade

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