Today is Monday, Jan. 8, the eighth day of 2018 with 357 to follow.
The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Saturn. Evening stars are Neptune and Uranus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Capricorn. They include publisher Frank Doubleday in 1862; actor William Hartnell in 1908; comic actor Larry Storch in 1923 (age 95); newsman Charles Osgood in 1933 (age 85); Elvis Presley, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's "undisputed king," in 1935; singer Shirley Bassey in 1937 (age 81); game show host Bob Eubanks in 1938 (age 80); British comedian Graham Chapman in 1941; actor Yvette Mimieux in 1942 (age 76); British physicist and author Stephen Hawking 1942 (age 76); author Terry Brooks in 1944 (age 74); radio talk show host Kojo Nnamdi in 1945 (age 73); Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Robby Krieger (The Doors) in 1946 (age 72); Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member David Bowie in 1947; guitarist/singer Terry Sylvester (Hollies) in 1947 (age 71); singer R. Kelly, born as Robert Sylvester Kelly, in 1967 (age 51); singer Jenny Lewis in 1976 (age 42); actor Windell Middlebrooks in 1979; actor Sam Riley in 1980 (age 38); actor Gaby Hoffmann in 1982 (age 36); North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in 1984 (age 34); actor Khylin Rhambo in 1996 (age 22); actor Noah Cyrus in 2000 (age 18).
In 1815, the forces of U.S. Gen. Andrew Jackson decisively defeated the British in the Battle of New Orleans, the closing engagement of the War of 1812.
In 1867, the U.S. Congress approved legislation that allowed African Americans to vote in the District of Columbia.
In 1889, US patent #395,791 is issued to Herman Hollerith for his "Art of Compiling Statistics," a punched card calculator. In 1896, Hollerith founded The Tabulating Machine Company, one of four companies consolidated to form International Business Machines Corporation, or IBM.
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In 1918, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson delivered his Fourteen Points during a speech to a joint session of the U.S. Congress.
In 1961, Algerians voted in favor of the French referendum on Algerian self-determination, part of French President Charles de Gaulle's peace proposals, sweeping aside opposition and delivering him the vote of confidence he had demanded.
In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a "War on Poverty" in the United States during his first State of the Union address.
In 1976, Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai died in Beijing at the age of 78.
In 1987, Kay Orr was inaugurated in Lincoln, Neb., as the nation's first woman Republican governor.
In 1991, Pan American World Airways filed for bankruptcy. The company, founded in 1927, would cease operations 11 months later.
In 1992, President George H.W. Bush, during a state visit to Tokyo, vomited on the lap of Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa after coming down with the flu.
In 1993, thousands of people gathered at Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion in Memphis to purchase the first issue of a stamp honoring the "King of Rock 'n' Roll" on what would have been his 58th birthday.
In 1997, a report by University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center scientists concluded that exposure to a combination of chemicals was linked to Gulf War Syndrome, responsible for the various ailments reported by veterans of the 1991 conflict.
In 2002, U.S. President George W. Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act into law.
In 2007, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced he would nationalize the nation's telecommunications and electric power industries controlled by U.S. companies.
In 2011, six people were killed and 13 others, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., were injured when a gunman armed with a semiautomatic pistol opened fire at a political meeting in Tucson. The shooter, Jared Loughner, 22, was sentenced to life in prison.
In 2014, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas were elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
In 2016, Mexican authorities capture Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the Sinaloa drug cartel kingpin who led police on a monthslong manhunt after escaping from prison.
A thought for the day: "Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change. " -- Stephen Hawking
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