On this day 8 January

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)