January 8: Day of the Week
January 8, 2017 was the 8th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 357 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Sunday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Nichiyōbi.
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Here’s the January calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Capricorn is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Garnet is the modern birthstone for this month. Emerald is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
January 8 Historical Event(s)
- 1790George Washington delivers the first State of the Union address in New York, New York.
- 1806Cape Colony becomes a British colony.
- 1912The African National Congress is founded.
- 1920The steel strike of 1919 ends in a complete failure for the Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel and Tin Workers labor union.
- 1945World War II: Philippine Commonwealth troops under the Philippine Commonwealth Army units was enter the province of Ilocos Sur in Northern Luzon and attack Japanese Imperial forces.
- 1961In France a referendum supports Charles de Gaulle’s policies in Algeria.
- 1963Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is exhibited in the United States for the first time, at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
- 1981A local farmer reports a UFO sighting in Trans-en-Provence, France, claimed to be “perhaps the most completely and carefully documented sighting of all time”.
- 1982The break up of AT&T: AT&T agrees to divest itself of twenty-two subdivisions.
- 2002President George W. Bush signs into law the No Child Left Behind Act.
Who were born on January 8?
- 1888Richard Courant, German-American mathematician (d. 1972)
- 1925Helmuth Hubener, German activist (d. 1942)
- 1926Evelyn Lear, American soprano
- 1934Jacques Anquetil, French cyclist (d. 1987)
- 1935Elvis Presley, American singer (d. 1977)
- 1935Lewis H. Lapham, American writer
- 1957David Lang, American composer
- 1967R. Kelly, American singer
- 1979Seol Ki-Hyeon, South Korean footballer
- 1986Jessica Parker Kennedy, Canadian actress
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