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Today is Wed­nes­day, Jan. 8, the eighth day of 2020. There are 358 days left in the year.


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.

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