Episode 586: The First Show Of the Year


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On This Day In History for January 8, 2020

This is the 8th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 358 days remaining in 2020.

  • It was on this date in 1790, that George Washington delivers the first State of the Union address in New York City.
  • It was also this date in 1828 that The Democratic Party of the United States is organized.
  • January 8, 1835, The United States national debt is zero for the only time.
  • It was on this date in 1889, Herman Hollerith is issued US patent #395,791 for the ‘Art of Applying Statistics’ — his punched card calculator.
  • Soviet space mission Luna 21 is launched on this date in 1973.
  • It was 39 years ago today, that A local farmer reports a UFO sighting in Trans-en-Provence, France, claimed to be “perhaps the most completely and carefully documented sighting of all time”.
  • January 8, 1982,  AT&T agrees to divest itself of twenty-two subdivisions as part of the breakup of the Bell System.
  • It was on this date in 1994, that Russian cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov on Soyuz TM-18 leaves for Mir. He would stay on the space station until March 22, 1995, for a record 437 days in space.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • German astronomer and academic, Johannes Fabricius, born on this date in 1587.
  • Frank Nelson Doubleday, the American publisher, founded the Doubleday Publishing Company was born 158 years ago today.
  • German physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate, Walther Bothe was born 129 years ago today.
  • William Hartnell, the English actor was born 112 years ago today.
  • Born January 8, 1911, American actress, dancer, and author Gypsy Rose Lee.
  • German-American computer scientist and author, Joseph Weizenbaum, born on this date in 1923.
  • American singer, guitarist, and actor, Elvis Presley was born 85 years ago today.
  • American game show host and producer, Bob Eubanks is 82 today.
  • Graham Chapman, English actor and screenwriter was born on that same date in 1941.
  • Born January 8, 1942, English physicist and author Stephen Hawking.

Listener Birthdays (January 1-14)

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for January 8, 2020

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