This Day in History for 8th January (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 179 of 179

1968 - Jacques Cousteau's 1st undersea special on US network TV
1968 - Terence O'Neill, then Northern Ireland Prime Minister, travelles to Dublin to meet with Jack Lynch, Irish Prime Minister, to continue discussions on matters of joint interest to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland
1971 - 29 pilot whales beach themselves & die at San Clemente Island, Calif
1971 - Voyageurs National Park, Minn established
1972 - Dmitri Shostakovitch' 15th Symphony, premieres in Moscow
1972 - NCAA announces freshman can play on teams starting in fall
1973 - "Tricks" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 8 performances
1973 - Greg Chappell's best Test bowling, 5-61 v Pakistan at SCG
1973 - Secret peace talks between US & North Vietnam resumed near Paris
1973 - USSR launches Luna 21 for Moon landing
Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist Jacques CousteauOceanographer, Explorer and Scientist Jacques Cousteau 1974 - E Wilson Jr's musical "Let My People Come," premieres in NYC
1974 - Gold hits record $126.50 an ounce in London
1974 - Loch Ness Monster photographed
1974 - Silver hits record $3.40 an ounce in New York
1975 - Judge Sirica orders release of Watergate's John W Dean III, Herbert W Kalmbach & Jeb Stuart Magruder from prison
1976 - Franklin Mint strikes 1st gold coins for Netherlands Antilles
1978 - Israeli government votes to `strengthen' settlements in occupied Sinai
1978 - Harvey Milk becomes the 1st openly gay person elected to public office in California
1979 - 512 die as oil tanker Bantry Bay blows up
American Politician Harvey MilkAmerican Politician Harvey Milk 1979 - Argentina & Chile sign Beagle Canal accord
1979 - Today Show gets a new theme song
1979 - Vietnamese troops overtook Khmer Rouge & occupy Phnom Penh
1980 - Islander Glenn Resch's 20th shut-out opponent-Canucks 3-0
1980 - NCAA decides to sponsor women's championships in 5 sports
1981 - "Pirates of Penzance" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 772 performances
1981 - India all out 63 in one-day international v Australia
1981 - Reds become last team to sign a free agent (Larry Biitner)
1982 - AT&T agrees to divest itself of 22 Bell System companies
1982 - Johnny Cash Parkway opens in Hendersonville Tennessee
1982 - Justice Dept withdraws antitrust suit against IBM, pending since
1984 - NCAA announces that basketball tournament will have 64 teams
1984 - Wash Caps Bengt Gustafsson scores 5 goals to beat Phila 7-1
1985 - Japan launches Sakigake space probe to Halley's Comet
1986 - Willie McCovey is 16th elected to Hall of Fame in his 1st year
1987 - Dow Jones closes above 2,000 for 1st time (2,002.25)
1987 - Jack Sikma (Milwaukee) begins NBA free throw streak of 51 games
1988 - 9th largest NBA crowd 38,873-Chicago at Detroit
1988 - Dow Jones down 140.58 points
1988 - Hewlett-Packard introduces HP-28S Advanced Scientific Calculator
1988 - US female Figure Skating championship won by Debi Thomas
1989 - "42nd Street" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 3,486 perfs
1989 - "Starlight Express" closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 761 perfs
1989 - Boeing 737-400 crashes at Kegworth, England, 46 die
1989 - Soviet Union promises to eliminate stockpiles of chemical weapons
1989 - Beginning of Japanese Heisei era.
1991 - "Davis Rules," with Jonathan Winters & Randy Quaid premieres on ABC-TV
1991 - Gaylord Perry, Ferguson Jenkins & Rod Carew elected to Hall of Fame
1991 - Rod Carew is 22nd player elected to Hall of Fame on 1st try
1991 - Tamas Darnyi swims world record 400m medley (4:12.36)
US President George H. W. BushUS President George H. W. Bush 1992 - George Bush gets ill & vomits on Japanese prime minister's lap
1993 - Chicago Bull Michael Jordan scores his 20,000th career point
1993 - Elvis Presley Commemorative Postage Stamp goes on sale
1993 - NBC offers "Tonight Show" to David Letterman
1994 - Rintje Ritsma skates world record 1500m (1:51.60)
1994 - Russian manned space craft TM-18, launches into orbit
1994 - US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Davis
1995 - "Guys & Dolls" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 1143 perfs
1995 - 15th United Negro College Fund raises $12,200,000
1995 - Mike Schmidt is elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame
MLB Third Baseman Mike SchmidtMLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt 1996 - Blizzard buries eastern US causing at least 50 deaths
1996 - For 1st time in 25 years no one is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
1998 - NY Giant GM George Young resigns to accept NFL position
1998 - Unabomber suspect Ted Kaczynski asks to act as his own lawyer
1998 - World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Ahmed Yousef sentenced to life
2000 - "Music City Miracle", with 16 seconds left in the AFC Wild Card Playoff Game, the Tennessee Titans' Lorenzo Neal handed the ball to Frank Wycheck, who then lateraled the ball across the width of the field to his teammate, Kevin Dyson, who in turn ran the length of the field down the sideline for the game-winning touchdown to defeat the Buffalo Bills 22-16
Serial Murderer and Domestic Terrorist Ted KaczynskiSerial Murderer and Domestic Terrorist Ted Kaczynski 2001 - 28th American Music Award: Faith Hill & Kid Rock win
2002 - President George W. Bush signs into law the No Child Left Behind Act.
2004 - The RMS Queen Mary 2, the largest passenger ship ever built, is christened by her namesake's granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II.
2006 - A magnitude 6.9 earthquake with its epicenter just off the Greek island of Kythira hits much of the country and is felt throughout the entire eastern Mediterranean Sea.
2008 - New Jersey officially apologizes for slavery, becoming the first Northern state to do so.
2008 - 34th People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Reese Witherspoon win (Movie Star) and Patrick Dempsey & Katherine Heigl win (TV)
NFL Head Coach Joe GibbsNFL Head Coach Joe Gibbs 2008 - Joe Gibbs retires, for the second time, as head coach of the Washington Redskins
2009 - A 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit Costa Rica´s region of Volcan Poás, with an epicenter near Cinchona. It was caused by Varablanca-Angel fault.
2011 - Attempted assassination of Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and subsequent shooting in Casas Adobes, Arizona at a Safeway grocery store kills 6 and wounds 13, including Giffords
2012 - "The 3:16 Game", the Denver Broncos' Tim Tebow connected with Demaryius Thomas on an 80-yard touchdown pass on the first scrimmage play of overtime, giving the underdog Broncos a 29–23 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Wild Card Playoff Game
2013 - 130 wildfires across Australia’s east coast force thousands to evacuate their homes
2013 - 2,130 prisoners held by the Syrian government are exchanged for 48 Iranians kidnapped by Syrian rebels
Basketball Player Steve NashBasketball Player Steve Nash 2013 - Steve Nash records his 10,000th career assist against Houston
2014 - 40th People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Sandra Bullock win (Movie Star) and Josh Charles & Stana Katić win (Dramatic TV)

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 271

1910 - Galina Ulanova, St Petersburg Russia, ballerina (Bolshoi)
1911 - Andrej Ocenas, composer
1912 - José Ferrer, San Juan Puerto Rico, actor/director (Blood Tide, Dune)
1912 - Rudolf G Escher, Dutch composer (True Face of Peace)
1913 - Horace Smith, cricketer (NZ, only Test wkt off his 1st ball (Paynter))
1914 - Charles Borromeo Mills, composer
1915 - Walker Cooper, American baseball player (d. 1991)
1917 - Peter Taylor, US writer
1917 - Stanley Prager, NYC, comedian (College Bowl)
1920 - Hendrikus J Wittebold, civil servant/resistance fighter
1921 - Herta Bothe, Nazi concentration camp guard
1922 - Abbey Simon, NYC, pianist
1923 - Giorgio Tozzi, Chicago Illinois, basso
1923 - Iva Michiels, [Rik Ceuppens], Flemish writer (Ksiega Alfa)
1923 - Johnny Wardle, cricketer (Yorkshire & England left-arm bowler of 50's)
1923 - Joseph Wiezenbaum, artificial intelligence pioneer
1923 - Larry Storch, NYC, comedian (F Troop, Larry Storch Show)
1923 - Joseph Weizenbaum, German-American author and computer scientist (d. 2008)
1924 - Antai Ribari, composer
1924 - Benjamin Lees, [Lysniansky], Harbin Manchuria, composer
1924 - Robert Starer, Vienna Austria, composer
1924 - Ron Moody, London England, actor (12 Chairs, Wrong is Right)
1925 - James Saunders, English chemist/playwright (Ark)
1925 - Helmuth Hubener, German activist (d. 1942)
1926 - Evelyn Lear, [Shulman], Brooklyn, NY, soprano, (d. 2012)
1926 - Jani Christou, composer
1926 - Soupy Sales, [Milton Hines], NC, comedian (Soupy Sales Show)
1926 - Kelucharan Mohapatra, Indian Odissi dancer (d. 2004)
1927 - Charles Tomlinson, British poet and translator
1928 - Sander Vanocur, Cleve Ohio, news anchor (NBC Weekend News)
1928 - Gaston Miron, Quebec poet and editor (d. 1996)
1929 - Saeed Jaffrey, Indian actor
1930 - Doreen Wilber, US, archer (Olympic-gold-1972)
1931 - Bill Graham, Germany, rock promoter (Fillmore)
1931 - May Wynn, [Donna Lee Hickey], NYC, actress (Caine Mutiny, Noah's Ark)
1933 - Charles Osgood, NYC, news anchor (CBS Weekend News)
1933 - Jean-Marie Straub, France, director (Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach)
1933 - Ko Un, Korean poet
1934 - Jacques Anquetil, France, Tour de France bicycle racer (5-time winner)
1934 - Michael Grierson Jarrett, archaeologist
1934 - Piet Dankert, Dutch politician (PvdA)
1934 - Roy Kinnear, Lancashire England, actor (TW3, Help!, The 3 Musketeers)
1934 - Gene Freese, American baseball player, (d. 2013)
1934 - Alexandra Ripley, American writer (d. 2004)
Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis PresleySinger & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley (1935) 1935 - Elvis Presley, Tupelo Miss, American singer and King of Rock and Roll (Blue Suede Shoes, Hounddog)
1935 - Jesse Garon Presley, stillborn twin brother of Elvis
1935 - Nolan Miller, Burkburnett Tx, fashion designer (Dynasty, Love Boat)
1935 - Ian Bargh, Prestwick, Scotland, Canadian jazz pianist and composer (d.2012)
1936 - Ferdinand Hartzenberg, South African minister of Education (1979-82)
1936 - Zdeněk Mácal, Czech conductor
1936 - Robert May, Baron May of Oxford, Australian-born British scientist
1937 - Robert Moran, composer
1937 - Shirley Bassey, Cardiff Wales, singer (Goldfinger, Moonraker)
1938 - Bob Eubanks, Flint Mich, TV host (Newlywed Game)
1940 - Anthony Gaurdine, (Little Anthony & Imperials-Goin Out of My Head)
1940 - Cristy Lane, US, country/gospel singer
1940 - Little Anthony [Gourdine], rocker (& Imperials)
1941 - Graham Chapman, England, comedian (Monty Python's Flying Circus)
1941 - Boris Vallejo, Peruvian illustrator
1942 - John Peterson, rocker
Physicist Stephen HawkingPhysicist Stephen Hawking (1942) 1942 - Stephen Hawking, English physicist (Black Holes & Baby Universes)
1942 - Vyacheslav Dmitriyevich Zudov, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 23)
1942 - Junichiro Koizumi, Japanese politician
1942 - Yvette Mimieux, Los Angeles California, American actress (Time Machine, Where the Boys Are)
1943 - Lee Jackson, rocker (Nice)
1943 - Marcus Hutson, rock vocalist (Whispers)
1944 - Terry Brooks, US, sci-fi author (Sword of Shannara)
1945 - John Peters, rock drummer (Harpers Bizarre)
1945 - Terry Sylvester, rocker (Hollies)
1946 - Elaine Cheris, Dotham Al, fencer-epee (Olympics-96)
1946 - Kathleen Noone, actress (All My Children, Party of 5, Knots Landing)
1946 - Robby Krieger, Los Angeles, California, American guitarist (Doors-Light My Fire)
1946 - Tod Brannan, VP (Logos Network Corp)
1946 - Robbie Krieger, Los Angeles California, Guitarist and Songwriter (The Doors - Light My Fire)
1947 - David Bowie, [Jones], London, singer/actor (Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust)
1947 - Igor Ivanov, Leningrad, Canadian chess champion (1981-84, 1985- )
1947 - Terry Sylvester, rocker (Hollies-You are the Air that I Breathe)
1947 - Don Bendell, American author & karate master
1947 - Samuel Schmid, Swiss politician
1948 - Gillies Mackinnon, director (Playboys)
1949 - Lawrence Rowe, cricketer (prolific WI batsman, 302 v Eng 1974)
1951 - John McTiernan, Albany NY, actor (Predator, Die Hard, Medicine Man)
1951 - Paul Dresher, composer
1951 - Kenny Anthony, Saint Lucian politician
1952 - Lauri Walters, SF California, actress (8 is Enough, Harrad Experiment)
1952 - Norm Jarvis, Prince Albert Sask, golfer (1984 Chilliwack)
1952 - Vladimir Feltsman, Russian-American pianist
1953 - Bruce Sutter, pitcher (Cubs, Cards, Braves)
1955 - Mike Reno, Vancouver BC Canada, rock vocalist (Loverboy)
1955 - Spiros Livathinos, Greek footballer
1957 - Nacho Duato, Spanish classical dancer and choreographer
1958 - Rey Misterio, Sr., Mexican wrestler
1959 - Michael Harwood, Sydney NSW, Australasia golfer
1959 - Paul Hester, Australian drummer (d. 2005)
1960 - Jolanda Egger, Luzean Switz, playmate (June, 1983)
1961 - Shoaib Mohammad, cricketer (son of Hanif Patient & prolific batsman)
1961 - Kazuki Takahashi, Japanese creator of Yu-Gi-Oh
1961 - Calvin Smith, American athlete
1962 - Chris Marion, American musician
1963 - Hiromi Kobayashi, Fukushima Japan, LPGA golfer (1993 JAL Big Apple)

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Famous Divorces

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Famous Deaths

Deaths 101 - 171 of 171

1980 - Oscar Ewing, US government official (Everybody's Business), dies at 90
1980 - John Mauchly, American physicist (b. 1907)
1981 - Matthew Beard, entertainer, dies
1981 - Woody Chamblis, actor (Mr Lathrop-Gunsmoke), dies at 66
1982 - Gregoire Aslan, actor (Concrete Jungle), dies of 73 of a heart attack
1982 - Reta Shaw, actress (Ghost & Mrs Muir), dies of emphysema at 69
1983 - Gale Page, actress (4 Daughters, Knute Rockney), dies of cancer at 72
1983 - Lois Wilson, actress (Alice-Aldrich Family), dies at 88
1983 - Tom McCall, Governor of Oregon (b. 1913)
1983 - Gerhard Barkhorn, German fighter pilot (b. 1919)
1983 - Ron Frazer, Australian actor (b. 1924)
1986 - Yaroslav Seifert, Czech poet (Nobel 1984), dies at 84
1986 - Pierre Fournier, French cellist (b. 1906)
1987 - P G Joshi, cricketer (12 Tests for India 1951-60, ct 18 stp 9), dies
1987 - Peter Adams, actor (Alternative, Blowing Hot & Cold), dies at 69
1988 - Frank Pace Jr, US Secretary of Army (1950-53), dies at 76
1989 - Johnny Jordaan, [Jan van Musscher], Dutch folk singer, dies at 64
1989 - Kenneth McMillan, actor (Malone, Concrete Beat), dies of heart attack at 56
1990 - Terry Thomas, Engl comic (Heroes), dies of Parkinson's disease at 78
1991 - Steve Clark, guitarist (Def Leppard-Hysteria), dies at 30
1992 - Abderrahim Bouabid, Morroco prime secretary (1972), dies
1992 - Johnny [Jan] Meijer, Dutch king of accordians (Body & Soul), dies
1992 - Menachim Begin, Israeli PM, dies at 78 of a heart attack
1993 - Asif Nawaz, Pakistani general, dies
1993 - Hakija Turajlic, Bosnian vice-premier, murdered
1993 - Theo Bruins, Dutch pianist/composer (Syncope), dies at 63
1994 - Edward Duke, actor (Decadence, Silver Bears), dies of cancer at 40
1994 - Harvey Haddix, pitcher (12 perfect inning game), dies at 68
1994 - Jay Blackton, US conductor/arranger (Oklahoma!), dies at 84
1994 - Lady Caithness, wife of Brit undersecretary, commits suicide
1994 - Pat Buttram, actor (Haney-Green Acres), dies of kidney failure at 78
1994 - Sri Chandrashekhara Saraswathi, guru of Kanchi, dies at 99
1994 - Vittorio Mezzogiorno, Italian actor (Octopus), dies at 52
1995 - Carlos Monzon, [El Macho], Argentine medium weight boxing champ (1970-77), dies at 52
1995 - Joyce McCartan, peace campaigner, dies at 68
1996 - Francois Mitterrand, Pres of France (1981-95), dies of cancer at 79
1996 - Kurt Schmucker, member (Union of Christian Democrats), dies
1996 - William Mac Lance "Tiny" McCloud, musician/songwriter, dies at 52
1996 - Howard Taubman, American music and theater critic (b. 1907)
1997 - Carole Carr, singer/actress (Down Among the Z Men), dies at 68
1997 - Jesse White, actor (Maytag repairman), dies at 77
1997 - Joseph George Handy Hendleman, musician, dies at 76
1997 - Melvin Calvin, scientist, dies at 85
1997 - Phyllis Hartnoll, writer/editor, dies at 90
1997 - Ronald William Eastman, cinematogrpaher, dies at 60
1998 - Michael Tippett, English composer/conductor (Child of our Time) dies at 93
1998 - Walter Diemer, inventor (bubble gum 1928), dies of heart failure at 93
2000 - Fritz Thiedemann, German equestrianist (b. 1918)
2002 - Alexander Prochorow, Nobel Prize in Physics laureate (b. 1916)
2002 - Dave Thomas, American fast food entrepreneur (b. 1932)
2003 - Ron Goodwin, British composer and conductor (b. 1925)
2004 - John A. Gambling, American radio talk-show host (b. 1930)
2005 - Campbell McComas, Australian impersonator and broadcaster (b. 1952)
2005 - Warren Spears, American choreographer and dancer
2005 - Michel Thomas, Polish linguist (b. 1914)
2006 - Tony Banks, British politician (b. 1943)
2007 - Jane Bolin, first African American female judge (b. 1908)
2007 - Yvonne De Carlo, Canadian-born actress (b. 1922)
2007 - Francis Cockfield, British politician (b. 1916)
2007 - David Ervine, Northern Irish politician (b. 1953)
2007 - Iwao Takamoto, American animator (b. 1925)
2008 - George Moore, Australian champion jockey (b. 1923)
2008 - Clyde Otis, American song writer and music producer (b. c. 1924)
2009 - Richard John Neuhaus, Canadian-American Christian writer and editor (b. 1936)
2010 - Monica Maughan, Australian actor (b. 1933)
2010 - Tony Halme, Finnish boxer and politician (b. 1963)
2011 - Thorbjørn Svenssen, Norwegian footballer (b. 1924)
2011 - John Roll, United States Federal Judge (b.1947)
2011 - Vang Pao, charismatic Laotian general who commanded a secret army of his mountain people in a long, losing campaign against Communist insurgents, dies at 81
2013 - Kenojuak Ashevak, Canadian Inuit artist, dies from lung cancer at 85
2013 - Jeanne Manford, American gay rights activist, dies at 92

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