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Friday January 8, 2021

January 8: Day of the Week

January 8, 2021 was the 8th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 357 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Friday.

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Here’s the January calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

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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.

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January 8 Historical Event(s)

  • 1734
    Premiere performance of George Frideric Handel’s Ariodante at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
  • 1746
    Second Jacobite Rising: Bonnie Prince Charlie occupies Stirling.
  • 1889
    Herman Hollerith is issued US patent #395,791 for the ‘Art of Applying Statistics’— his punched card calculator.
  • 1912
    The African National Congress is founded.
  • 1945
    World 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.
  • 1956
    Operation Auca: Five U.S. missionaries are killed by the Huaorani of Ecuador shortly after making contact with them.
  • 1971
    Bowing to international pressure, President of Pakistan Zulfikar Ali Bhutto releases Bengali leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from prison, who had been arrested after declaring the independence of Bangladesh.
  • 1982
    The break up of AT&T: AT&T agrees to divest itself of twenty-two subdivisions.
  • 1989
    Beginning of Japanese Heisei period.
  • 2004
    The RMS Queen Mary 2, the largest passenger ship ever built, is christened by her namesake’s granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II.

Who were born on January 8?

  • 1821
    James Longstreet, American Confederate general and diplomat; and former United States Minister to the Ottoman Empire (d. 1904)
  • 1836
    Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Dutch artist (d. 1912)
  • 1862
    Frank Nelson Doubleday, American publisher (d. 1934)
  • 1928
    Slade Gorton, American politician
  • 1962
    Chris Marion, American musician
  • 1973
    Henning Solberg, Norwegian rally driver
  • 1981
    Xie Xingfang, Chinese badminton player
  • 1982
    Emanuele Calaiò, Italian footballer
  • 1986
    Jessica Parker Kennedy, Canadian actress
  • 1987
    Carmen Klaschka, German tennis player

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