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Notable Historical Events for January 8th

1938Bradman scores 107 for South Australia v Qld (1st innings)

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

1993NBC offers "Tonight Show" to David Letterman

1993Elvis Presley Commemorative Postage Stamp goes on sale

1954Elvis Presley pays $4 to a Memphis studio & records his 1st two songs, "Casual Love" & "I'll Never Stand in Your Way"

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

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

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

1734Premiere of George Frideric Handel's Ariodante at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

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

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Notable Birthdays on January 8th

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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Notable Deaths on January 8th

1946Dion Fortune, British occultist and author dies at 55

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

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

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

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

1324Marco Polo, Venetian explorer, dies at 69

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