Today in history



Today is Saturday January 8, the eighth day of 2022. There are 357 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in history:

On January 8, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson, in his State of the Union Address, declared an “unconditional war on poverty in America.”

To this date :

In 1815, the last major engagement of the War of 1812 ended when American forces defeated the British in the Battle of New Orleans, without being informed of the signing of a peace treaty.

In 1867, the United States House of Representatives joined the Senate to overturn President Andrew Johnson’s veto on the District of Columbia Suffrage Bill, giving black men the right to vote in the nation’s capital. .


In 1912, the African National Congress was founded in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

In 1918, President Woodrow Wilson presented his Fourteen Points for Lasting Peace after World War I. Mississippi became the first state to ratify the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, which established the ban.

In 1935, rock-and-roll legend Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi.

In 1982, American Telephone and Telegraph settled the Department of Justice antitrust lawsuit against it by agreeing to divest the 22 Bell System companies.

In 1994, Tonya Harding won the US Women’s Figure Skating Championship in Detroit, a day after Nancy Kerrigan retired due to the baton attack that injured her right knee. (The US Figure Skating Association later stripped Harding of the title.)

In 1998, Ramzi Yousef (RAHM’-zee YOO’-sef), the mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, was sentenced in New York to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

In 2008, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton won the 2008 New Hampshire Democratic primary in a surprising upheaval, defeating Senator Barack Obama and resurrecting her White House candidacy; Senator John McCain defeated his Republican rivals to return to the running for the GOP nomination.

In 2011, US Representative Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, suffered a serious gunshot wound when a gunman opened fire while the MP was meeting with voters in Tucson; six people were killed, 12 others also injured. (Shooter Jared Lee Loughner (LAWF’-nur) was sentenced in November 2012 to seven consecutive life sentences, plus 140 years.)

In 2016, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the world’s most wanted drug lord, was captured for the third time in a daring raid by Mexican marines, six months after he passed through a tunnel to get out of a maximum security prison.

In 2020, Iran retaliated against the United States for killing Iran’s top military commander, firing missiles at two Iraqi military bases housing American troops; more than 100 U.S. servicemen have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries after the attack. As Iran prepared for a counterattack, the country’s Revolutionary Guards shot down a Ukrainian airliner after apparently mistaking it for a missile; all 176 people on board were killed, including 82 Iranians and more than 50 Canadians.

Ten years ago: Bells rang in Tucson, Arizona, as residents stopped to remember the six people killed in the shooting a year earlier that seriously injured US Representative Gabrielle Giffords; Giffords led a crowd in the pledge of allegiance during a night vigil. Mitt Romney’s Republican presidential rivals stepped up criticism during a morning debate, two days before the New Hampshire primary.

Five years ago: A Palestinian truck driver rammed his vehicle into a crowd of Israeli soldiers, killing at least four people in one of the deadliest attacks in a wave of violence that lasted for more than a year . (The driver was shot.) “La La Land” won seven Golden Globe Awards, including Best Picture, Comedy or Musical, while “Moonlight” was recognized as Best Dramatic Feature; Meryl Streep, accepting an Lifetime Achievement Award, criticized President-elect Donald Trump without mentioning him by name.

A year ago: President Donald Trump said he would skip President-elect Joe Biden’s nomination; Biden responded that he was okay with that, calling it “one of the few things we agreed on.” Twitter said it was banning Trump from its platform, citing “a risk of further incitement to violence.” Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski became the first Republican senator to call for Trump’s resignation. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she spoke to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff about preventing Trump from launching military actions or a nuclear strike; she said that the situation of “this unbalanced president could not be more dangerous”. Adam Johnson, accused of running away with Pelosi’s lectern during the chaos at the U.S. Capitol, has been arrested on a federal warrant in Florida. A tribute video to Alex Trebek closed the day’s episode of “Jeopardy,” the last Trebek recorded before pancreatic cancer claimed his life in November.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor-comedian Larry Storch is 99 years old. Former CBS reporter Charles Osgood is 89 years old. Singer Shirley Bassey is 85 years old. Game show host Bob Eubanks is 84 years old. Country-gospel singer Cristy Lane is 82 years old. and the Imperials) is 81 years old. Actress Yvette Mimieux is 80 years old. Singer Juanita Cowart Motley (The Marvelettes) is 78 years old. Actress Kathleen Noone is 77 years old. Rock musician Robby Krieger (The Doors) is 76 years old. Director John McTiernan is 71 years old. Actor Harriet Sansom Harris is 67 years old. Actor Ron Cephas Jones is 65. Former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is 64 years old. Singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith is 58 years old. Actress Michelle Forbes is 57 years old. Actress Maria Pitillo (pih-TIHL’-loh) is 56 years old. Kelly is 55 years old. Actor / producer Ami Dolenz is 53 years old. Reggae singer Sean Paul is 49 years old. Actor Donnell Turner is 49 years old. Country singer Tift Merritt is 47 years old. Actress and rock singer Jenny Lewis is 46 years old. Actress Amber Benson is 45 years old. Actor Scott Whyte is 44 years old. Singer-songwriter Erin McCarley is 43 years old. Actress Sarah Polley is 43 years old. Actor Rachel Nichols is 42 years old. Actor Gaby (GAB’-ee) Hoffman is 40 years old. Rock musician Disashi Lumumbo-Kasongo (dih-SAH’-shee LUHM’-uhm-boh kuh-SAHN’-goh) (Gym Class Heroes) is 39 years old Actor Cynthia Erivo is 35 years old. Actor Freddie Stroma is 35 years old.


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