Today in History - January 8th

  • 1675 - Today in history, the first corporation was charted in the United States.
  • 1790 - In the United States, George Washington gave the first State of the Union address. 
  • Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa
    Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa Painting
  • 1815 - On this day in history, the Battle of New Orleans began. The news of the end of the war had not reached British troops in time to prevent their attack on New Orleans. 
  • 1929 - William S. Paley appeared on CBS Radio to announce that CBS had become the largest of broadcasting chains in radio history. 
  • 1958 - Today in history, Bobby Fisher, at the age of 14, won the United States Chess Championship. 
  • 1959 - Charles De Gaulle was installed as president of France. 
  • 1962 - On this day in history, Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa was exhibited in America at the National Gallery of Art, for the first time.
  • 1973 - The trial opened in Washington of seven men accused of bugging Democratic Party headquarters in the Watergate complex, during the Nixon era.
  • 1982 - Today in history, AT&T settled the antitrust lawsuit against it by agreeing to disassociate itself from the 22 Bell System companies.

SCIENCE, DISCOVERIES, PATENTS - Today in History, January 8th

  • 1838 - Alfred Vail demonstrated a telegraph code he had devised using dots and dashes as letters, the precursor to Samuel Morse's code. 
  • 1856 - On this day in history, Borax (hydrated sodium borate) was discovered. 
  • 1889 - The tabulating machine was patented by Tabulating Machine Company, which later became IBM. 
  • 1935 - Today in history, the spectrophotometer was patented. 
  • 1998 - Scientists announced that galaxies were accelerating and moving apart at faster speeds. 

SPORTS - Today in History, January 8th

  • 1901 - On this day in history, the first tournament approved by the American Bowling Congress was held in Chicago, IL.
  • 1957 - Jackie Robinson announced his retirement from major league baseball. 

MUSIC HISTORY - Today in History, January 8th

  • 1906 - Today in history, legendary pianist Arthur Rubinstein made his debut at Carnegie Hall.
  • 1925 - Russian composer Igor Stravinsky appeared in his first American concert. 
  • 1957 - On this day in history, Elvis took the U.S. Army pre-induction exam.
  • 1973 - Yoko Ono released "Approximately Infinite University." 
  • 1975 - Today in history, three Led Zeppelin concerts and Madison Square Garden sold out.


  • Elvis Presley 1935
  • David Bowie (David Robert Jones) 1947