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Births for January 08


  • 1081 Hendrik V, Roman Catholic German king/emperor (1098/1111-25)
  • 1583 Simon Episcopius, bishop/theologist
  • 1587 Johannes Fabricius, Denmark, astronomer (discovered sunspots)
  • 1589 Ivan (Dzivo F) Gundulic, Dalmatisch writer (Dubravka)
  • 1628 Fran‡ois de Montmorency-Bouteville, duc de Luxemburg, French soldier
  • 1632 Samuel, Freiherr von Pufendorf, German jurist
  • 1777 Filippo Traetta, Italy, composer/musicology
  • 1786 Nicholas Biddle, made 2nd bank of US 1st effective central bank
  • 1791 Jacob Collamer, (Sen-Vt)
  • 1792 Lowell Mason, Medfield Mass, organist/composer (Zebulo)
  • 1814 Johannes Kneppelhout, (Klikspaan), writer
  • 1814 Thomas Green, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1864
  • 1815 George Webb Morell, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1883
  • 1815 Lawrence Pike Graham, Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 1905
  • 1817 John Selden Roane, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1867
  • 1821 James Longstreet, Confederate general (1st Corps, ANV)
  • 1823 Alfred Russel Wallace, British zoologist/co-discoverer (evolution)
  • 1824 Wilkie Collins, English novelist (Woman in White)
  • 1830 Gouverneur Kemble Warren, Major Gen (Union volunteers), died in 1882
  • 1830 Hans von Blow, Dresden, pianist/virtuoso conductor/musical writer
  • 1836 Fannie M Jackson, pioneer & educator, 1st US Black woman college grad
  • 1851 G‚rard Leman, Belgian general
  • 1862 Frank Nelson Doubleday, publisher/founder (Doubleday & Co)
  • 1864 William Wilkie Collins, England, novelist (The Moonstone)
  • 1867 Emily Balch, US, sociologist/feminist/pacifist (Nobel 1946)
  • 1868 Sir Frank Dyson, proved Einstein right about light bent by gravity
  • 1870 Miguel Primo de Rivera Orbaneja, dictator of Spain (1923-30)
  • 1885 John Curtin, Victoria, Australian PM (Labor, 1941-45)
  • 1891 Bronislava Nijinska, ballet choreographer
  • 1891 Storm Jameson, English novelist (The Green Man, Cousin Honor‚)
  • 1891 Walter Bothe, Germany, subatomic particle physicist (Nobel 1954)
  • 1896 Jaromir Weinberger, Prague, Czechoslovakia, composer (Bird's Opera)
  • 1896 Manuel Rojas Sepulveda, Chile, writer (Men of the South)
  • 1899 Solomon WRD Bandaranaike, premier of Ceylon (1956-59)
  • 1900 Queen Marie, of Yugoslavia
  • 1901 Edmond Vandercammen, French/Belgian writer (L'amour responsable)
  • 1902 Alexander Gray, Wrightsville Pa, actor (This is Music)
  • 1902 Carl R(ansom) Rogers, US, psychologist (Client-Centered Therapy)
  • 1902 Georgy M Malenkov, Stalin's successor as head of CPSU, PM (1953-55)
  • 1902 Gret Palucca, German dancer/choreography (Entartet/Stilles Song)
  • 1904 Peter Arno, NYC, cartoonist (New Yorker)
  • 1905 Carl Gustav Hempel, German Logical Positivist philosopher
  • 1906 Jacob C van Marken, owner (Calv‚-Delft)
  • 1906 John AHJS Bruins editor in chief (illegal) Loyal/ARP
  • 1906 Serge Poliakoff, Russian/French painter
  • 1909 Jos‚ Ferrer, Santurce PR, oscar winning actor (Cyrano de Bergerac)
  • 1911 Butterfly McQueen, (Thelma), Tampa Fla, actress (Gone With the Wind)
  • 1912 Rudolf G Escher, composer
  • 1917 Peter Taylor, US writer
  • 1917 Stanley Prager, NYC, comedian (College Bowl)
  • 1922 Abbey Simon, NYC, pianist
  • 1923 Giorgio Tozzi, Chicago Illinois, basso
  • 1923 Iva Michiels, (Rik Ceuppens), Flemish writer (Ksiega Alfa)
  • 1923 Joseph Wiezenbaum, artificial intelligence pioneer
  • 1923 Larry Storch, NYC, comedian (F Troop, Larry Storch Show)
  • 1924 Benjamin Lees, (Lysniansky), Harbin Manchuria, composer
  • 1924 Robert Starer, Vienna Austria, composer
  • 1924 Ron Moody, London England, actor (12 Chairs, Wrong is Right)
  • 1926 Evelyn Lear, Brooklyn NY, soprano
  • 1926 Soupy Sales, (Milton Hines), NC, comedian (Soupy Sales Show)
  • 1928 Sander Vanocur, Cleve Ohio, news anchor (NBC Weekend News)
  • 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
  • 1934 Jacques Anquetil, France, Tour de France bicycle racer (5-time winner
  • 1934 Piet Dankert, Dutch politician (PvdA)
  • 1934 Roy Kinnear, English actor (TW3, Help!, The 3 Musketeers)
  • 1935 Elvis Aaron Presley, Tupelo Miss, singer (Blue Suede Shoes, Hounddog)
  • 1935 Nolan Miller, Burkburnett Tx, fashion designer (Dynasty, Love Boat)
  • 1937 Shirley Bassey, Cardiff Wales, singer (Goldfinger, Moonraker)
  • 1939 Yvette Mimieux, Hollywood Cal, actr (Time Machine, Where the Boys Are
  • 1940 Anthony Gaurdine, (Little Anthony & Imperials-Goin Out of My Head)
  • 1942 Vyacheslav D Zudov, cosmonaut (Soyuz 23)
  • 1944 Terry Brooks, US, sci-fi author (Sword of Shannara)
  • 1945 Jac(obus) P Th˜sse, biologist (Omgang met planten)
  • 1946 Kathleen Noone, actress (All My Children, Knots Landing)
  • 1946 Robbie Kreiger, rocker (Doors-Come on Baby Light My Fire)
  • 1946 Tod Brannan
  • 1947 David Bowie, 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)
  • 1953 Bruce Sutter, pitcher (Cubs, Cards, Braves)
  • 1955 Mike Reno, rock vocalist (Loverboy-Get Lucky, Heaven in Your Eyes)
  • 1960 Jolanda Egger, Luzean Switz, playmate (June, 1983)
  • 1964 Peter (Ped) Gill, rocker (Frankie Goes to Hollywood-Relax)
  • 1964 Virgil Hill, Missouri, middleweight boxer (Olympic-silver-1984)
  • 1967 Hollis Conway, high jumper (Olympic-silver-1988)
  • 1967 Willie Anderson, US, basketball player (Olympic-bronze-1988)
  • 1968 Ami Dolenz, actress (General Hospital, Can't Buy Me Love)
  • 1971 Brenda Lee Armstrong, Albert Lea Minn, Miss Minn-America (1991)
  • 1975 Jenny Lewis, Las Vegas Nv, actress (Becky-Life With Lucy)
  • 1979 Sequoyah, chimpanzee (son of Washoe)


Passings for January 08


  • 482 Severinus, German monastary founder/saint, dies
  • 1198 Coelestinus III, (Giacinto Bobo), pope (1191-98), dies
  • 1324 Marco Polo, Venetian explorer/gov of Nanking, dies
  • 1336 Giotto di Bondone, Italian Renaissance painter, dies at about 71
  • 1455 Laurentius Justitianus, (Lorenzo Giustiniani), saint, dies
  • 1567 Jacob Vaet, Flemish composer/royal chaplain master, dies at about 37
  • 1598 Johan Georg, ruler of Brandenburg (1571-91), dies
  • 1642 Galileo Galilei, astronomer, dies at 78 in Arceti Italy
  • 1775 John Baskerville, English printer/type designer, dies at 68
  • 1796 Jean Marie Collot d'herbois, French actor, dies
  • 1808 Messenger, horse that sired many great trotters, dies
  • 1815 Edward Pakenham, Engl general (Battle of New Orleans), dies in battle
  • 1842 Pierre, earl the Cambronne, French general (Waterloo, Elba), dies
  • 1880 Norton I, Emperor of US, Protector of M‚xico, dies
  • 1896 Paul M Verlaine, French poet (El‚gies, Bonne Chanson), dies
  • 1906 Jacob C of Marken, founder (Calv‚-Delft), dies
  • 1922 Charles R Young, colonel, dies at 58, in Lagos Nigeria
  • 1934 Alexandre Stavisky, French swindler, dies
  • 1941 Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scout movement, dies
  • 1945 Jacobus P Thijsse, biologist (Contact with Plant), dies
  • 1948 Richard Tauber, Austria/British tenor/composer (L‚har), dies
  • 1950 Joseph A Schumpeter, Austrian/US economist/Minister of Finance, dies
  • 1950 Joseph Issac Shneerson, Jewish Lubavitch Chabal leader, dies
  • 1952 Antonia Maury, discoverer of supergiant, giant & dwarf stars, dies
  • 1963 Stark Young, US writer (So Red the Rose), dies at 81
  • 1975 Louis J H C A de Bourbon, writer/poet (Gypsy Blood), dies
  • 1975 Richard Tucker, (Reuben Ticker), US tenor (La Gioconda), dies
  • 1976 Chou En-lai, China's premier, dies of cancer in Peking at 78
  • 1978 Walter Keirnan, TV panelist (I've Got a Secret), dies at 75
  • 1980 Oscar Ewing, US govt official (Everybody's Business), dies at 90
  • 1981 Woody Chamblis, actor (Mr Lathrop-Gunsmoke), dies at 66
  • 1982 Gregoire Aslan, character actor, dies of 73 of a heart attack
  • 1982 Reta Shaw, actress (Ghost & Mrs Muir), dies at 69
  • 1983 Gale Page, actress, dies of cancer at 72
  • 1983 Lois Wilson, actress (Alice-Aldrich Family), dies at 88
  • 1988 Frank Pace Jr, US Secretary of Army (1950-53), dies at 76
  • 1989 Johnny Jordaan (Jan van Musscher), Dutch folk singer, dies
  • 1991 Steve Clark, guitarist (Def Leppard-Hysteria), dies at 30
  • 1992 Abderrahim Bouabid, Moroccan politician, dies
  • 1992 Johnny (Jan) Me˜er, 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, pianist/composer (Syncopation), dies


Special events for January 08


  • 794 Church at Lindisfarne, England destroyed by Northmen
  • 1198 Lotario di Segni becomes Pope Innocentius III
  • 1598 Jews are expelled from Genoa Italy
  • 1656 Oldest surviving commercial newspaper begins (Haarlem, Netherlands)
  • 1675 1st American commercial corporation chartered (NY Fishing Co)
  • 1705 "Almira," Handel's 1st opera, premiers, Hamburg
  • 1790 George Washington delivers 1st state of union address (or 0104)
  • 1798 11th Amendment ratified, judicial powers construed
  • 1800 Austrians defeat French in 2nd battle of Novi
  • 1800 Wild Boy of Aveyron discovered in southern France
  • 1811 Louisiana slave revolt by Charles Deslondes
  • 1815 Battle of New Orleans-War of 1812 ended 12/24/1814 but nobody knew
  • 1833 Boston Academy of Music, 1st US music school, established
  • 1838 1st telegraph message sent using dots & dashes, NJ
  • 1838 Rebellion at Amherstburg, Ontario breaks out
  • 1848 Austrian soldiers kill 10 students, Pavia
  • 1853 1st US bronze equestrian statue (of Andrew Jackson) unveiled, Wash
  • 1856 Dr John A Veatch discovers borax, Tuscan Springs, Calif
  • 1867 Legislation gives suffrage to DC blacks, despite Pres Johnson's veto
  • 1870 US mint at Carson City, Nevada begins issuing coins
  • 1884 Augustus Schultz, NYC, patents chrome tanning process for leather
  • 1884 Chrome tanning process for leather patented by Augustus Schultz
  • 1889 Dr Herman Hollerith receives 1st US patent for a tabulating machine
  • 1894 A Charlois discovers asteroids #379 Huenna & #380 Fiducia
  • 1894 Columbus World's fair in Chicago destroyed by fire
  • 1897 Michael Eagan wins 1st US national amateur handball championship
  • 1902 1st National Bowling Championship held (Chicago, Ill)
  • 1905 P Gotz discovers asteroids #554 Peraga & #556 Phyllis
  • 1908 J H Metcalf discovers asteroid #660 Crescentia
  • 1913 Frank Chance becomes Yankee manager
  • 1918 Mississippi becomes 1st state to ratify 18th amendment (prohibition)
  • 1918 Pres Wilson outlines his 14 points for peace after WW I
  • 1923 Typography strike in Amsterdam
  • 1925 1st all-female US state supreme court appointed, Texas
  • 1926 Abdul-Aziz ibn Sa'ud becomes king of Hejaz; renames it Saudi Arabia
  • 1929 1st telephone connection between Netherlands & West-Indies
  • 1929 CBS radio network buys WABC in NYC
  • 1930 Belgium Princess Marie Jos‚ marries Italian's crown prince Umberto
  • 1930 K Reinmuth discovers asteroid #1152 Pawona
  • 1931 Phila Quakers set then NHL record of 15 straight loses
  • 1932 Ratification of present SF City Charter
  • 1934 Cut Speyers "Bluejackets" premieres in Amsterdam
  • 1934 H L Giclas discovers asteroid #3177
  • 1935 Spectrophotometer patented, AC Hardy
  • 1937 -50ø F (-45ø C), San Jacinto, Nevada (state record)
  • 1937 K Reinmuth discovers asteroid #1409 Isko, #1410 Margret & #1411 Braun
  • 1940 Britain's 1st WW II rationing (bacon, butter & sugar)
  • 1945 "Youth for Christ" organizes
  • 1947 Gen George Marshall becomes Sect of State
  • 1947 Toronto Maple Leaf rookie Howie Meeker scores 5 goals in a game
  • 1948 M Laugier discovers asteroid #2068 Dangreen
  • 1952 Jordan adopts constitution
  • 1953 Ren‚ Mayer forms French cabinet
  • 1954 S Arend discovers asteroid #1717 Arlon
  • 1955 Furman sets NCAA basketball single-game scoring record with 154 pt
  • 1955 Georgia Tech ends Kentucky's 130-game home basketball win streak
  • 1955 WUNC TV channel 4 in Chapel Hill, NC (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1956 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Conrad Aiken
  • 1958 Cuban revolutionary forces capture Havana
  • 1959 Charles de Gaulle inaugurated as pres of France's 5th Republic
  • 1961 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Yvor Winters
  • 1962 Dutch express train crashes into slow commuter train, 93 die (Neth)
  • 1964 European Parliament accept Mansholt Plan
  • 1964 President Lyndon B Johnson declares "War on Poverty"
  • 1965 Sen Dirksen proposes marigold as national flower (didn't pass)
  • 1965 Star of India returned to American Museum of Natural History
  • 1966 Beatles' "Rubber Soul," album goes #1 & stays #1 for 6 weeks
  • 1966 Beatles' "We Can Work It Out," single goes #1 & stays #1 for 3 weeks
  • 1968 Jacques Cousteau's 1st undersea special on US network TV
  • 1970 H Potter & A Lokalov discovers asteroid #2975
  • 1971 Voyageurs National Park, Minn established
  • 1973 Secret peace talks between US & North Vietnam resumed near Paris
  • 1973 USSR launches Luna 21 for Moon landing
  • 1974 Gold hits record $126.50 an ounce in London
  • 1974 Silver hits record $3.40 an ounce in New York
  • 1975 Judge Sirica orders release of Watergate's John W Dean III,
  • 1976 Franklin Mint strikes 1st gold coins for Netherlands Antilles
  • 1978 Israel's Cabinet votes to `strengthen' settlements in occupied Sinai
  • 1979 512 die as oil tanker Bantry Bay blows up
  • 1979 Today Show gets a new theme song
  • 1980 Islander Glenn Resch's 20th shut-out opponent-Canucks 3-0
  • 1980 NCAA decides to sponsor women's championships in 5 sports
  • 1981 A Mrkos discovers asteroid #2367 Praha
  • 1982 AT&T agrees to divest itself of the 22 Bell System companies
  • 1982 Justice Dept withdraws antitrust suit against IBM, pending since
  • 1984 E Bowell discovers asteroids #3277 Aaronson, #3759 & #3760
  • 1984 J Wagner discovers asteroids #3045 Alois, #3512, #3562 & #3589
  • 1984 Wash Caps Bengt Gustafsson scores 5 goals
  • 1985 Japan launches Sakigake space probe to Halley's Comet
  • 1987 1st time, Dow Jones avg surpassed 2,000, closing at 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 the HP-28S Advanced Scientific Calculator
  • 1989 Boeing 737-400 crashes in England, 46 die
  • 1989 Soviet Union promises to eliminate stockpiles of chemical weapons
  • 1991 Davis Rules with Jonathan Winters & Randy Quaid premiers on ABC-TV
  • 1992 George Bush gets ill & vomits on Japanese prime minister's lap


Songs for date January 08


  • 01/08/55 --- Melody Of Love (Carroll, David)
  • 01/08/55 --- Sincerely (McGuire Sisters)
  • 01/08/66 --- Men In My Little Girl's Life, The (Douglas, Mike)
  • 01/08/66 --- Jenny Take A Ride! (Ryder, Mitch & The Detroit Wheels)
  • 01/08/66 --- As Tears Go By (Rolling Stones)
  • 01/08/72 --- Never Been To Spain (Three Dog Night)
  • 01/08/77 --- Fly Like An Eagle (Miller, Steve)
  • 01/08/77 --- Evergreen (A Star Is Born Theme) (Streisand, Barbra)
  • 01/08/83 --- Stray Cat Strut (Stray Cats)
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