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Notable Historical Events for January 8th

200834th People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Reese Witherspoon win (Movie Star) and Patrick Dempsey & Katherine Heigl win (TV)

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

1947Gen George Marshall becomes US Secretary of State

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

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

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

2002President George W. Bush signs into law the No Child Left Behind Act.

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

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

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

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Notable Birthdays on January 8th

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

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

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

1811US Vice President John C. Calhoun (28) weds Floride Bonneau (19)

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

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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

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

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

1324Marco Polo, Venetian explorer, dies at 69

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

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