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January 8

What happened on the day you were born?

In the headlines today:
 

2006
Scooby Doo

Scooby Doo creator Iwao Takamoto dies in Los Angeles, at age 81.



 
2003 The daughters of slain civil rights leader Malcom X turn over their father's papers and personal effects to a Harlem (New York) library.
 
1987 The Dow Jones industrial average (stock market index) closes at over 2000 points for the first time.
 
1965 NBC TV debuts the weekly rock 'n roll TV dance show Hullabaloo.
 
1958 Bobby Fisher wins the US Chess Championship at age 14.
 
1957 Jackie Robinson announces his retirement from baseball.
 


1954
Dwight D. Eisenhower 1953 - 1961: (The American Presidents Series)
President Dwight D. Eisenhower proposes that convicted Communists lose their US citizenship.
(photo credit: Times Books)


 
1940 Great Britain begins the rationing of meat, butter, and sugar to help the war effort during WWII.
 
1908 Subway transit service between Brooklyn and Manhattan begins.
 
1901 The first American Bowling Congress tournament begins in Chicago.
 
1900 The Boers attack the British in Ladysmith, South Africa, but the Brits hold fast.
 
1892 A hundred workers die in a mine explosion in McAlister, OK.
 
1856 Dr. John Veatch discovers Borax (hydrated sodium borate), still popular as a hand and laundry cleaner ingredient in the 1950s and 1960s.
 
1815 Andrew Jackson's troops defeat the British at Chalmette in the Battle of New Orleans.
 
1675 The New York Fishing Company becomes the first corporation to be chartered in the US.
 
1642   Astronomer Galileo Galilei dies in Arcetri, Italy at age 77.
 

Born today:

1982  Gaby Hoffman - actress

1976  Jenny Lewis - actress

1969  R. Kelly - singer

1948  David Bowie - singer, actor

1947  Terry Sylvester - guitarist (The Hollies)

1946  Robbie Krieger - guitarist (The Doors)

1942  Stephen Hawking - author

1941  Yvette Mimieux - actress

1940  Anthony Gourdine - singer (Little Anthony and The Imperials)

1937  Shirley Bassey - singer

1935  Elvis: The 50 Greatest Love Songs  


Elvis Presley - singer, actor
(photo credit: BMG)
 

1933  Charles Osgood - TV correspondent

1928  Sander Vanocur - ABC news correspondent

1926  Soupy Sales - comedian

1924  Ron Moody - actor, singer

1923  Larry Storch - comedian, actor

1911  Butterfly McQueen - actress (Gone With The Wind)

1909  Jose Ferrer - actor

1862  Frank Nelson Doubleday - publisher

1587  Johannes Fabricus - astronomer (discovered sunspots)

 

Born today? Your sign of the Zodiac is:
Capricorn   Capricorn    

(The Sea-Goat)

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