8th January This day in History
8th January This day in History

This Day in History on 8 January

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including that of the IAS Exam.

On this page, we will list all historical events that have occurred on 8 January. The students can refer them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days


Important Events

1835 – The United States national debt is zero for the only time.
1863 – American Civil War: Second Battle of Springfield.

2004 – The RMS Queen Mary 2, then the largest ocean liner ever built, is christened by her namesake’s granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II.


2005 – The nuclear sub USS San Francisco collides at full speed with an undersea mountain south of Guam. One man is killed, but the sub surfaces and is repaired.

2009 – A 6.1-magnitude earthquake in northern Costa Rica kills 15 people and injures 32.


2010 – Gunmen from an offshoot the Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda attack a bus carrying the Togo national football team on its way to the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, killing three.


2011 – The attempted assassination of Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords and subsequent shooting in Casas Adobes, Arizona, in which five people were shot dead.


2016 – Joaquín Guzmán, widely regarded as the world’s most powerful drug trafficker, is recaptured following his escape from a maximum security prison in Mexico.


2020 – Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 crashes immediately after takeoff at Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport; all 176 on board are killed. The plane was shot down by an Iranian anti-aircraft missile.


Birth/Birth Anniversary

1908 – Fearless Nadia, Australian-Indian actress and stuntwoman (d. 1996)

1909 – Ashapoorna Devi, Indian author and poet (d. 1995)


1925 – Mohan Rakesh, Indian author and playwright (d. 1972)

1926 – Kelucharan Mohapatra, Indian dancer and choreographer (d. 2004)

1929 – Saeed Jaffrey, Indian-British actor (d. 2015)

1975 – Harris Jayaraj, Indian composer and producer


Death/Death Anniversary

2013 – Alasdair Milne, Indian-English director and producer (b. 1930)

2017 – Peter Sarstedt, Indian-British singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1941)

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