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January 8 Historical Events

The following events took place on January 8. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 50 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 307
    Jin Huidi, Chinese Emperor of the Jin dynasty, is poisoned and succeeded by his son Jin Huaidi.
  • 387
    Siyaj K‘ak’conquers Waka
  • 871
    Alfred the Great leads a West Saxon army to repel an invasion by Danelaw Vikings.
  • 1297
    François Grimaldi, disguised as a monk, leads his men to capture the fortress protecting the Rock of Monaco, establishing his family as the rulers of Monaco.
  • 1454
    The papal bull Romanus Pontifex is written.
  • 1499
    Louis XII of France marries Anne of Brittany.
  • 1697
    Last execution for blasphemy in Britain; of Thomas Aikenhead, student, at Edinburgh.
  • 1735
    Premiere performance of George Frideric Handel’s Ariodante at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
  • 1746
    Second Jacobite rising: Bonnie Prince Charlie occupies Stirling.
  • 1790
    George Washington delivers the first State of the Union address in New York, New York.
  • 1806
    Cape Colony becomes a British colony.
  • 1811
    An unsuccessful slave revolt is led by Charles Deslondes in St. Charles and St. James, Louisiana.
  • 1815
    War of 1812: Battle of New Orleans – Andrew Jackson leads American forces in victory over the British.
  • 1835
    The United States national debt is zero for the only time.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: Second Battle of Springfield
  • 1867
    African American men are granted the right to vote in Washington, D.C.
  • 1877
    Crazy Horse and his warriors fight their last battle against the United States Cavalry at Wolf Mountain, Montana Territory.
  • 1889
    Herman Hollerith is issued US patent #395,791 for the ‘Art of Applying Statistics’— his punched card calculator.
  • 1904
    The Blackstone Library is dedicated, marking the beginning of the Chicago Public Library system.
  • 1906
    A landslide in Haverstraw, New York, caused by the excavation of clay along the Hudson River, kills 20 people.
  • 1912
    The African National Congress is founded.
  • 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.
  • 1940
    World War II: Britain introduces food rationing.
  • 1945
    World War II: Philippine Commonwealth troops under the Philippine Commonwealth Army units enter the province of Ilocos Sur in Northern Luzon and attack Japanese Imperial forces.
  • 1956
    Operation Auca: Five U.S. missionaries are killed by the Huaorani of Ecuador shortly after making contact with them.
  • 1961
    In France a referendum supports Charles de Gaulle’s policies in Algeria.
  • 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.

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