January 8 Today In History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1656 Oldest surviving commercial newspaper begins (Haarlem, Netherlands)

1790 1st US President George Washington delivers 1st state of the union address

1835 US national debt is $0 for the first and only time in history

1912 Chiefs, representatives of people’s and church organisations, and other prominent individuals form the African National Congress and declare its aim to bring all Africans together as one people to defend their rights and freedoms

1916 WWI: ANZAC forces withdraw from the Gallipoli Peninsula after Ottoman forces successfully defend access to Constantinople

1926 Abdulaziz Ibn Saud becomes King of Nejd and Hejaz; forerunner of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Today’s Historical Events

871 Battle of Ashdown: Ethelred I of Wessex and his brother Alfred the Great beat invading Danish army

1198 Lotario di Segni elected Pope Innocentius III

1297 Monaco gains its independence.

1558 French troops under Duc de Guise occupy Calais

1598 Jews are expelled from Genoa, Italy

1610 Simon Marius. a German astronomer, independently discovers the first three moons of Jupiter one day after Galileo

1656 Oldest surviving commercial newspaper begins (Haarlem, Netherlands)

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1929 CBS radio network buys WABC in NYC

1955 WUNC TV channel 4 in Chapel Hill, NC (PBS) begins broadcasting

1966 The Who and The Kinks perform on the last “Shindig” TV show on ABC

1978 TV series “All Creatures Great and Small” debuts on BBC TV, based on the books by James Herriot, starring Robert hardy and Christopher Timothy

1991 “Davis Rules” with Jonathan Winters & Randy Quaid premieres on ABC-TV

1993 NBC offers “The Tonight Show” to David Letterman

1993 Robert Rodriguez‘s “El Mariachi” debuts at the Toronto Film Fetsival – will become lowest-budgeted film ever to gross $1 million

2008 34th People’s Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Reese Witherspoon win (Movie Star) and Patrick Dempsey & Katherine Heigl win (TV)

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1705 George Frideric Handel‘s 1st opera “Almira” premieres in Hamburg, Germany

1734 Premiere of George Frideric Handel‘s opera “Ariodante” at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London

1833 Boston Academy of Music, 1st US music school, established

1949 “Make Mine Manhattan” closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 429 performances

1949 “My Romance” closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 95 performances

1949 “Small Wonder” closes at Coronet Theater NYC after 134 performances

1954 Jerry Vivino, American rock and R&B saxophonist (Max Weinberg 7; Vivino Brothers), born in Paterson, New Jersey

1956 Elvis Presley‘s “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Hound Dog” single goes #1 and stays #1 for a record 11 weeks (for a single)

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1913 Frank Chance becomes NY Yankees manager

1925 England cricket opening batsman Herbert Sutcliffe follows his 1st innings 176 with 127 in the 2nd innings but his team cannot avoid an 81 run defeat to Australia in the 2nd Test in Melbourne

1945 University of Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball team sets an NCAA record by holding Arkansas State to 6 points in a 75-6 win

1947 Toronto Maple Leaf rookie Howie Meeker scores 5 goals in a game

1955 Furman sets NCAA basketball single-game scoring record with 154 pt

1955 Georgia Tech ends Kentucky’s 130-game home basketball win streak

1962 21 year old future Hall of Fame golfer Jack Nicklaus makes his first professional appearance; tied 50th in Los Angeles Open

1972 NCAA announces freshman can play on teams starting in fall