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Notable Historical Events for January 8th

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

1998Unabomber suspect Ted Kaczynski asks to act as his own lawyer

1964President Lyndon B. Johnson declares "War on Poverty"

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

1947Gen George Marshall becomes US Secretary of State

1956Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog," single goes to #1 & stays #1 for a record 11 weeks (for a single)

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

17901st US President George Washington delivers 1st state of the union address

1705George F Handel's 1st opera "Almira," premieres in Hamburg

1959Charles de Gaulle inaugurated as pres of France's 5th Republic

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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)

1942Stephen Hawking, English physicist (Black Holes & Baby Universes)

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

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

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

1324Marco Polo, Venetian explorer, dies at 69

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

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

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

1946Dion Fortune, British occultist and author dies at 55

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