January 8, 2024 was the 8th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 358 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Monday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is lundi.
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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.
January 8 Historical Event(s)
Alfred the Great leads a West Saxon army to repel an invasion by Danelaw Vikings.
Second Jacobite Rising: Bonnie Prince Charlie occupies Stirling.
Cape Colony becomes a British colony.
The United States national debt is 0 for the only time.
Alfred Vail demonstrates a telegraph system using dots and dashes (this is the forerunner of Morse code).
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.
Leonardo 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.
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.
The tanker Betelgeuse explodes in Bantry Bay, Ireland.
The nuclear sub USS San Francisco collides at full speed with an undersea mountain south of Guam. One man is killed, but the sub surfaces and is repaired.
Who were born on January 8?
Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Dutch artist (d. 1912)
Georgy Malenkov, Soviet politician (d. 1988)
Bruce Mitchell, South African cricketer, Wisden COY 1936 (d.1995)
Saeed Jaffrey, Indian actor
William Bonin, American serial killer and sex offender (d. 1996)
Bruce Sutter, American baseball player
Mike Reno, Canadian musician
Rey Misterio, Sr., Mexican wrestler
Seol Ki-Hyeon, South Korean footballer
Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine of Denmark, twin children of Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark
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