Today in History, January 8th

By | January 8, 2014
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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history, January 8th!

1642 Astronomer Galileo Galilei died in Arcetri, Italy.
1681 The Treaty of Radzin ends a five year war between the Turks and the allied countries of Russia and Poland.
1745 England, Austria, Saxony and the Netherlands form an alliance against Russia.
1815 U.S. forces led by Gen. Andrew Jackson defeated the British in the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812.

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Andrew Jackson

1871 Prussian troops begin to bombard Paris during the Franco-Prussian War.
1892 A coal mine explosion kills 100 in McAlister, Oklahoma.
1900 The Boers attack the British in Ladysmith, South Africa, but are turned back.
1908 A subway line opens linking the New York boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan.
1912 The African National Congress was founded in Bloemfontein, South Africa.
1918 President Woodrow Wilson outlined his Fourteen Points for peace after World War I.
1940 Great Britain begins rationing sugar, meat and butter.
1946 President Harry S. Truman vows to stand by the Yalta accord on self-determination for the Balkans.
1954 President Dwight Eisenhower proposes stripping convicted Communists of their U.S. citizenship.
1959 Charles De Gaulle was inaugurated as president of France’s Fifth Republic.

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Charles De Gaulle

1963 President John F. Kennedy attends the unveiling of the Mona Lisa.
1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a war on poverty.
1979 The United States advises the Shah to leave Iran. (A great guest post about the Shah of Iran.)
1982 AT&T settled the Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit against it by agreeing to divest itself of the 22 Bell System companies.
1987 The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 2,000 for the first time, ending the day at 2,002.25.
1998 Ramzi Yousef, the mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, was sentenced in New York to life in prison.

Ramzi-Yousef

Ramzi Yousef

2007 A Moroccan man convicted of aiding three of the four pilots who committed the 9/11 attacks was sentenced by a German court to the maximum 15 years in prison.
2011 Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., was shot and critically wounded when a gunman opened fire as the congresswoman met with constituents in Tucson; six people were killed and 12 others were injured. (Jared Lee Loughner has pleaded not guilty to 49 charges in connection with the shooting.)

Today in history facts are from various sites including, but not limited too: the History Channel, The New York Times, WHG Historynet.com, and HistoryOrb.com.

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