Today is Friday, January 8th. It’s Argyle Day, Bubble Bath Day, Earth’s Rotation Day, National English Toffee Day, National Man Watcher’s Day, National Winter Skin Relief Day, Show and Tell at Work Day, War on Poverty Day, and World Typing Day
There are 16 days until the River Radio Ever After Bridal Fair Experience
There are 37 days until Valentine’s Day
There are 71 days until Spring
Today is the day that…
— in 1790, President George Washington delivers the first state of the union address
— in 1835, The U.S. national debt is $0 for the first and only time in history
— in 1935, The King is born: Elvis Aaron Presley is born in Tupelo, Mississippi.
— in 1947, David Jones is born in London. At age 18, he changes his name to David Bowie (after the Bowie knife) to avoid confusion with Davy Jones of The Monkees.
— in 1966, Rubber Soul becomes The Beatles’ seventh #1 US album.
— in 1974, KISS sign their first recording deal, with Casablanca Records.
— in 1954, Elvis Presley pays $4 to a Memphis studio & records his first two songs, “Casual Love” & “I’ll Never Stand in Your Way”
— in 1981, Linda Ronstadt makes her Broadway debut alongside Rex Smith and Kevin Kline in the revival of The Pirates of Penzance, which runs for 787 performances.
— in 1984, ABC purchased the remaining 85% of ESPN
— in 1989, Richard Marx marries Dirty Dancing actress Cynthia Rhodes, subject of his song “Right Here Waiting.” They divorce in 2014.
— in 1991, Def Leppard guitarist Steve “Steamin” Clark dies of an accidental drug and alcohol overdose at age 30
— also in 1991, Jeremy Delle, a 16-year-old student at Richardson High School in Texas, shoots himself in his English class. When Eddie Vedder reads about it, he writes the song “Jeremy” about Delle and other young people who have committed suicide.
— in 1992, At a banquet hosted by the prime minister of Japan, President George H. W. Bush gets ill and vomits on the prime minister’s lap
— in 1993, Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan scores his 20,000th career point
— also in 1993, Shortly after midnight on what would have been Elvis’s 58th birthday, a 29-cent stamp with his image is officially dedicated at a Graceland ceremony.
— in 1994, Tonya Harding won her second US national figure skating championship two days after Nancy Kerrigan withdrew due to a knee injury suffered in an attack arranged by Harding’s ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly.
— in 1997, Mister Rogers received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
— in 1998, Unabomber suspect Ted Kaczynski asks to act as his own lawyer
— in 2000, in an AFC Wild Card Playoff game, the Tennessee Titans beat the Buffalo Bills 22-16. On a kickoff return with 16 seconds left, Titans tight end Frank Wycheck threw a lateral pass across the field to Kevin Dyson, who then ran 75 yards to score the winning touchdown in what became known as the “Music City Miracle”.
— in 2002, President George W. Bush signs into law the No Child Left Behind Act
— in 2011, six people were killed and 13 wounded during an attempted assassination of Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords at a Safeway grocery store in Casas Adobes, Arizona. Despite suffering a serious brain injury, Giffords would recover to become a gun control advocate.
— and in 2016, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announces the recapture of drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, six months after he escaped prison
— also in 2016, David Bowie’s Blackstar album is released on his 69th birthday. Bowie would die two days later from liver cancer.
— and in 2020, Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, announce they are stepping away from their royal duties and will work towards becoming financially independent
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