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Notable Historical Events for January 8th

1877Crazy Horse and his warriors fight their last battle with the United States Cavalry at Wolf Mountain (Montana Territory).

1978Harvey Milk becomes the 1st openly gay person elected to public office in California

2008Joe Gibbs retires, for the second time, as head coach of the Washington Redskins

1962Golfer Jack Nicklaus, 21, 1st pro appearance, he came in 50th

1966Georges Pompidou re-appointed French Prime Minister and forms new government

1993Chicago Bull Michael Jordan scores his 20,000th career point

1992George Bush gets ill & vomits on Japanese prime minister's lap

1993Elvis Presley Commemorative Postage Stamp goes on sale

1968Jacques Cousteau's 1st undersea special on US network TV

1947Gen George Marshall becomes US Secretary of State

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Notable Birthdays on January 8th

1935Elvis Presley, Tupelo Miss, American singer and King of Rock and Roll (Blue Suede Shoes, Hounddog)

1823Alfred Russel Wallace, British zoologist/co-discoverer (evolution)

1821James Longstreet, Confederate general (1st Corps, ANV)

1969R. Kelly [Robert Sylvester Kelly], Chicago, Illinois, American R&B singer (I Wish I Could Fly)

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Notable Weddings on January 8th

1973Actor Michael Caine (40) weds model Shakira Baksh (25) at Candlelight Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada

1951Actor Burgess Meredith (43) weds ballerina Kaja Sundsten

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Notable Deaths on January 8th

1825Eli Whitney, American inventor (Cotton Gin), dies of prostate cancer at 59

1946Dion Fortune, British occultist and author dies at 55

1972Kenneth Patchen, US writer (See You in the Morning), dies at 60

1642Galileo Galilei, Italian physicist/astronomer, dies at 77 in Italy

1976Zhou Enlai, Premier of the People's Republic of China (b. 1898)

1324Marco Polo, Venetian explorer, dies at 69

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