January 8 in History
1835January 8, 1835:
The United States national debt is at zero for the first and only time in history.
1867January 8, 1867:
African-American men earn the right to vote in Washington, D.C.
1941January 8, 1941:
Newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst orders his newspapers to not promote the film, “Citizen Kane” because the film’s main character was based on him and it did not portray him in a positive light.
1946January 8, 1946:
Elvis Presley, aged 11, receives his first guitar from his mother as a birthday present.
1959January 8, 1959:
Charles de Gaulle is sworn in as the President of France.
1963January 8, 1963:
The famous Mona Lisa painting is exhibited in the United States for the first time at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
1976January 8, 1976:
E.L. Doctorow’s novel, “Ragtime” receives the National Book Critics Circle Award.
1998January 8, 1998:
Ramzi Ahmed Yousef receives a life imprisonment sentence for being the brain behind the 1993 World Trade Centre bombing.
2011January 8, 2011:
Gabby Giffords, a U.S. Representative, survives a shooting as part of an assassination attempt.
2016January 8, 2016:
Having escaped from prison six months prior, Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman (also known as El Chapo) is captured in Los Mochis.