January 8


1675 – The first corporation was chartered in the United States. The company was the New York Fishing Company.

1790 – Presiden George Washington delivered the first State of the Union address.

1831 – U.S. Mail began to arrive in Detroit, MI, on a daily basis.

1835 – The United States national debt was zero for the only time.

1838 – Alfred Vail demonstrated a telegraph code he had devised using dots and dashes as letters. The code was the predecessor to Samuel Morse’s code.

1856 – Dr. John Veatch discovered Borax (hydrated sodium borate).

1877 – Crazy Horse (Tashunca-uitco) and his warriors fought their final battle against the Cavalry in Montana.

1889 – The first computer, a tabulating machine, was patented by Dr. Herman Hollerith. His company, Tabulating Machine Company, later became International Business Machines Corporation (IBM).

1894 – Fire caused serious damage at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, IL.

1901 – The first tournament sanctioned by the American Bowling Congress was held in Chicago, IL.

1929 – William S. Paley appeared on CBS Radio for the first time to announce that CBS had become the largest regular chain of broadcasting chains in radio history.

1958 – Fourteen year old chess wiz Bobby Fisher won the United States Chess Championship for the first time.

1964 – President Lyndon Johnson declared a “War on Poverty.”

1962 – Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” was exhibited in the U.S. for the first time at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

1973 – The trial of seven men accused of bugging Democratic Party headquarters in the Watergate complex opened in Washington, DC.

1982 – American Telephone & Telegraph (AT&T) settled the Justice Department’s anti-trust lawsuit against it by agreeing to divest itself of the 22 Bell System companies.

1982 – The U.S. Justice Department withdrew an anti-trust suit against IBM.

1985 – The Post Office issued a set of Elvis Presley stamps to mark the 50th anniversary of his birth.

1987 – The Dow Jones industrial average closed over the 2000 mark for the first time.

1992 – President George H.W. Bush collapsed during a state dinner in Tokyo. White House officials said Bush was suffering from stomach flu. Bush vomited on the Japanese prime minister’s lap.

1993 – An Elvis Presley commemorative stamp was debuted by the U.S. Postal Service. The 29-cent stamp showed the likeness of the 1950’s era Elvis..

1994 – Tonya Harding won the ladies’ U.S. Figure Skating Championship in Detroit, MI, a day after Nancy Kerrigan dropped out because of a clubbing attack that injured her right knee. The U.S. Figure Skating Association later took the title away from Harding because of her involvement in the attack.

1997 – Mister Rogers (Fred Rogers) received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1998 – Ramzi Yousef was sentenced to life in prison for his role of mastermind behind the World Trade Center bombing in New York.

1998 – Scientists announced that they had discovered that galaxies were accelerating and moving apart and at faster speeds.

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

2004 – Pete Rose admitted he bet on baseball, on ABC’s television show “PrimeTime Thursday”.

2004 – The RMS Queen Mary 2, the largest passenger ship ever built, was christened by her namesake’s granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II.

2005 – The rate for First Class mail was raised to 39¢.

2009 – In Egypt, archaeologists entered a 4,300 year old pyramid and discovered the mummy of Queen Sesheshet.

2011 – Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot while talking with constituents at a Tucson grocery store by 22 year old Jared Lee Loughner. Although she will miraculously survive being shot in the head, six others were killed.



Larry Storch – 95 years old (1923) – Actor (TV’s “F Troop”, the voice of Mr. Whoopee on “Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales”)

Sander Vanocur – 90 years old (1928) – Broadcast journalist (ABC News)

Charles Osgood – 85 years old (1933) – Broadcast journalist (TV’s “CBS News Sunday Morning”)

Shirley Bassey – 81 years old (1937) – Singer (Themes for the James Bond movies “Goldfinger”, “Diamonds Are Forever”, “Moonraker”)

Bob Eubanks – 80 years old (1938) – Game show host (TV’s “The Newlywed Game”)

Cristy Lane – 78 years old (1940) – Country-gospel singer

Stephen Hawking – 76 years old (1942) – Theoretical physicist, writer (“A Brief History of Time”)

Yvette Mimieux – 76 years old (1942) – Actress (“The Time Machine”, “The Most Deadly Game”)

Robby Krieger – 72 years old (1946) – Musician (The Doors)

Terry Sylvester – 71 years old (1947) – Musician (The Hollies, The Swinging Blue Jeans)

John McTiernan – 67 years old (1951) – Director (“Predator”, “Die Hard”, “The Hunt for Red October”, “Last Action Hero”, “Die Hard with a Vengeance”, “The Thomas Crown Affair”)

Harriet Sansom Harris – 63 years old (1955) (Played Bebe Glazer on TV’s “Frasier”, “Desperate Housewives”)

Michelle Forbes – 53 years old (1965) – Actress (TV’s “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, “Homicide”, “24”, “The Killing”, “Guiding Light”)

Maria Patillo – 53 years old (1965) – Actress (“Godzilla”, TV’s “Providence”)

R. Kelly – 51 years old (1967) – Singer

Ami Dolenz – 49 years old (1969) – Actress (“Pumpkinhead 2”, “Life 101”, “She’s Out of Control”)

Jenny Lewis – 42 years old (1976) – Actress, singer (“Foxfire”, “Pleasantville”, TV’s “Brooklyn Bridge”)

Josh Meyers – 42 years old (1976) – Actor, comedian (TV’s “That ’70s Show”, “Mad TV”)

Sarah Polley – 39 years old (1979) – Actress (“Exotica”, “The Sweet Hereafter”, Guinevere, Go, The Weight of Water, My Life Without Me, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Dawn of the Dead, Splice, and Mr. Nobody.

Gaby Hoffmann – 36 years old (1982) – Actress (“Wild”, “Field of Dreams”, “Uncle Buck”, “Sleepless in Seattle”, “Volcano”, “Life During Wartime”, TV’s “Transparent”)



Argyle Day

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Clean Off Your Desk Day

Earth’s Rotation Day

Joy Germ Day

Show & Tell At Work Day


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