TODAY IN HISTORY
Today is Wednesday, Jan. 8, the eighth day of 2020. There are 358 days left in the year.
ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY
On Jan. 8, 1815, the last major engagement of the War of 1812 came to an end as U.S. forces defeated the British in the Battle of New Orleans, not having gotten word of the signing of a peace treaty.
1918 — President Woodrow Wilson outlined his Fourteen Points for lasting peace after World War I. Mississippi became the first state to ratify the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, which established Prohibition.
1935 — Rock-and-roll legend Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi.
1964 — President Lyndon B. Johnson, in his State of the Union address, declared an “unconditional war on poverty in America.”
1968 — The Otis Redding single “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” was released on the Volt label almost a month after the singer’s death in a plane crash.
1973 — The Paris peace talks between the United States and North Vietnam resumed.
1982 — American Telephone and Telegraph settled the Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit against it by agreeing to divest itself of the 22 Bell System companies.
1987 — For the first time, the Dow Jones industrial average closed above 2,000, ending the day at 2,002.25.
1998 — Ramzi Yousef, the mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, was sentenced in New York to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
2004 — A U.S. Black Hawk medivac helicopter crashed near Fallujah, Iraq, killing all nine soldiers aboard.
2006 — The first funerals were held in West Virginia for the 12 miners who had died in the Sago Mine disaster six days earlier.
2008 — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton powered to victory in New Hampshire’s 2008 Democratic primary in a startling upset, defeating Sen. Barack Obama and resurrecting her bid for the White House; Sen. John McCain defeated his Republican rivals to move back into contention for the GOP nomination.
2011 — U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, was shot and critically wounded when a gunman opened fire as the congresswoman met with constituents in Tucson; six people were killed, 12 others also injured. (Gunman Jared Lee Loughner was sentenced in November 2012 to seven consecutive life sentences, plus 140 years.)
Ten years ago — Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, accused of trying to blow up a U.S. airliner on Christmas, appeared in federal court in Detroit; the judge entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf. (Abdulmutallab eventually pleaded guilty and is serving a life prison term.) Vice President Joe Biden’s mother, Jean Biden, died in Wilmington, Delaware, at age 92.