11 Things That Happened This Day In History - January 8th

Here is a note of 11 things that happened on this day in history.

1. 1642 - Astronomer Galileo Galilei dies

2. 1886 - The Severn Railway Tunnel, Britain's longest, is opened

3. 1918 - U.S. President Woodrow Wilson outlines his Fourteen Points peace program

4. 1921 - David Lloyd George becomes the first UK Prime Minister tenant at Chequers Court, Buckinghamshire

5. 1942 - Stephen Hawking is born

6. 1947 - David Bowie is born

7. 1959 - General Charles de Gaulle is proclaimed first President of the new Fifth Republic in France

8. 1962 - Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa is exhibited in America for the first time at the National Gallery of Art in Washington

9. 1964 - U.S. President Lyndon Johnson declares 'War on Poverty'

10. 1973 - Elvis Presley sues Priscilla Presley for divorce

11. 2001 - The UK High Court rules that the identities and whereabouts of the two boys who murdered toddler James Bulger in 1993 will be kept secret for the rest of their lives

Source: BBC, Wikipedia, historyorb.com, infoplease.com, history.co.uk, brainyhistory.com, on-this-day.com, thepeopleshistory 

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