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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.

If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is viernes.

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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)

  • 307
    Jin Huidi, Chinese Emperor of the Jin Dynasty, is poisoned and succeeded by his son Jin Huaidi.
  • 1746
    Second Jacobite Rising: Bonnie Prince Charlie occupies Stirling.
  • 1806
    Cape Colony becomes a British colony.
  • 1838
    Alfred Vail demonstrates a telegraph system using dots and dashes (this is the forerunner of Morse code).
  • 1904
    The Blackstone Library is dedicated, marking the beginning of the Chicago Public Library system.
  • 1961
    In France a referendum supports Charles de Gaulle’s policies in Algeria.
  • 1962
    The Harmelen train disaster killed 93 people in the Netherlands.
  • 1996
    An Antonov 32 cargo turboprop powered plane crashes into the central market in Kinshasa, Zaire killing more than 350 people.
  • 2002
    President George W. Bush signs into law the No Child Left Behind Act.
  • 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?

  • 1788
    Pavel Kiselyov, Russian general and politician (d. 1874)
  • 1821
    James Longstreet, American Confederate general and diplomat; and former United States Minister to the Ottoman Empire (d. 1904)
  • 1864
    Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale (d. 1892)
  • 1896
    Arthur Ford, American medium (d. 1971)
  • 1905
    Giacinto Scelsi, Italian composer (d. 1988)
  • 1925
    Helmuth Hubener, German activist (d. 1942)
  • 1926
    Kelucharan Mohapatra, Indian Odissi dancer (d. 2004)
  • 1934
    Jacques Anquetil, French cyclist (d. 1987)
  • 1943
    Charles Murray, American author and pundit
  • 1973
    Mark Knight, English sound designer

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