34 fun facts for January, 8

Discover dozens of fun facts for this special day. Read the summary for a quick recap on what happened.
January 8th is a date marked by significant events, accomplishments, and celebrations. From the birthdays of iconic figures like Stephen Hawking, Elvis Presley, and David Bowie to historical milestones like the Battle of New Orleans and the signing of the No Child Left Behind Act, January 8 offers a variety of fun facts from around the world to explore and remember.
34 Fun facts
  1. January 8th, 1942 is the birth date of Stephen Hawking, the famous British physicist and cosmologist who made groundbreaking discoveries about black holes and whose book "A Brief History of Time" became an international bestseller.
  2. On January 8th, 1835, the United States government paid off its entire national debt for the first and only time in its history. President Andrew Jackson had managed to bring the debt down from $58 million to zero.
  3. Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll, was born on January 8, 1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi. He went on to become one of the most famous musicians of all time, selling over one billion records worldwide.
  4. January 8th is National English Toffee Day in the United States, a celebration of the delicious confection made from sugar, butter, and sometimes nuts. English Toffee is a popular treat enjoyed by many around the world.
  5. January 8th is World Typing Day, a global initiative to encourage people to learn and practice typing skills. The day aims to promote the importance of typing in the modern world, particularly in the age of computers and smartphones.
  6. On January 8th, 1815, the Battle of New Orleans took place during the War of 1812. Under the command of Andrew Jackson, American forces defeated the British, securing New Orleans and the surrounding region from British control.
  7. In 1975, January 8th marked the day when Ella Grasso became the first woman to be elected governor of a U.S. state (Connecticut) without having a husband who previously held the position.
  8. On January 8, 2002, President George W. Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act, a major education reform aimed at improving the quality of education for all American children.
  9. British inventor and polymath Charles Babbage, known as the "father of the computer," filed the first patent for his "analytical engine" on January 8, 1834. The analytical engine was a mechanical computer designed to process mathematical calculations.
  10. On January 8th, 1918, President Woodrow Wilson delivered the famous Fourteen Points speech, outlining his vision for a just and lasting peace following World War I. The Fourteen Points later influenced the terms of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919.
  11. January 8th, 1790, marked the date of the first State of the Union address, delivered by President George Washington in New York City. This address set the precedent for future presidents to report on the state of the nation annually.
  12. American author J.D. Salinger, best known for his book "The Catcher in the Rye," was born on January 8, 1919. The book became a classic of American literature and remains one of the most-read novels in high schools across the United States.
  13. On January 8th, 1959, the European Economic Community (EEC) was established by the Treaty of Rome. This organization laid the groundwork for what would later become the European Union.
  14. January 8th is the birthday of David Robert Jones, better known as David Bowie, the iconic British singer, songwriter, and actor who passed away in 2016. Bowie's impact on music and popular culture is considerable, with hits like "Space Oddity," "Heroes," and "Let's Dance."
  15. Korean Alphabet Day, or 한글날 (Hangeulnal), is celebrated on January 8th in South Korea. It marks the creation and proclamation of the Korean alphabet, called Hangeul, in the 15th century by King Sejong the Great.
  16. On January 8th, 1989, the Boeing 727 made its last flight after 29 years of service. The aircraft was a staple of the commercial aviation industry and is still known as one of the most successful airliners in history.
  17. In 1993, JANET, the UK's national research and education network, was connected to the Internet on January 8th. This connection played a crucial role in giving British education and research institutions access to the rapidly expanding World Wide Web.
  18. January 8th, 2011 marked the day when the shooting occurred at a Safeway supermarket in Tucson, Arizona, where U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords was holding a constituent meeting. Giffords survived serious injuries, and the event sparked a national conversation about gun control and mental health.
  19. On January 8th, 1994, Russian cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov began his 437-day stay aboard the Mir space station, setting the record for the longest continuous human presence in space.
  20. January 8th, 2007 saw the introduction of Apple's first-ever iPhone by Steve Jobs during Apple's Macworld keynote. The iPhone revolutionized the smartphone industry and laid the groundwork for modern smartphones that we use today.
  21. Galileo Galilei, the famed Italian astronomer, and physicist discovered Jupiter's four largest moons on January 8, 1610. These moons were eventually named after him as "Galilean satellites."
  22. January 8, 1963, was the day when Leonardo da Vinci's iconic painting, the Mona Lisa, was exhibited in the United States (Washington, D.C.) for the first time. The painting was later exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
  23. On January 8, 1973, the trial of the "Watergate Seven" began. This was a group of individuals involved in the Watergate scandal, which ultimately led to the resignation of U.S. President Richard Nixon.
  24. The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) typically begins on or around January 8th in Las Vegas, Nevada. The CES showcases the latest innovative products and technologies in the consumer electronics industry.
  25. January 8th is the Orthodox Christmas Day for many Eastern Orthodox Christians who use the Julian calendar. This day celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ and is a public holiday in countries like Russia and Serbia.
  26. The first all-female jury in Canada convened on January 8, 1921, in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. The women presided over a trial involving a breach of the Saskatchewan Prohibition Act.
  27. January 8th, 1975 marks the birth of Indian playback singer, Sonu Nigam, well-known for his songs in Bollywood films, regional movies, and devotional music. He is also a music composer and has hosted several seasons of the popular Indian singing reality show "Sa Re Ga Ma Pa."
  28. January 8, 1877, was the day when the first meeting of the United States Electoral Commission was held. The commission was established to settle the disputed presidential election of 1876 between Republican Rutherford B. Hayes and Democrat Samuel J. Tilden.
  29. On January 8, 2005, the St. Louis Arch, the tallest man-made monument in the United States, was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The 630-foot structure symbolizes westward expansion and was completed in 1965.
  30. The first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher, resigned as leader of the Conservative Party on January 8, 1991, after serving three consecutive terms in office.
  31. Hollywood icon and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was born on January 8, 1969. He went on to become one of the most famous actors in the world and later transitioned to a successful career in politics.
  32. January 8, 2003, marks the day when the Mars rover Spirit, part of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover mission, landed on Mars. The rover explored the red planet for six years, sending valuable information back to Earth about Mars' geology and history.
  33. On January 8, 1964, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a "War on Poverty" during his State of the Union address. The initiative led to the creation of various programs aiming to fight poverty and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans.
  34. January 8 is also known as National Argyle Day in the United States. This day celebrates the heritage of the diamond-patterned fashion design, called Argyle, typically found on sweaters, socks, and other clothing items.