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This Day In History: Jan. 8

Today is the 8th day of 2008 and the 18th day of winter.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1815, Andrew Jackson defeated the British at the Battle of New Orleans. In 1877, Crazy Horse fought—and lost—his final battle against the U.S. Cavalry. In 1916, Allied forces retreated from Turkey's Gallipoli Peninsula after a crushing defeat. In 1982, AT&T agreed to give up its 22 local "Baby Bells."

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Jose Ferrer (1912-1992), actor; Elvis Presley (1935-1977), singer/actor; Soupy Sales (1926- ), TV personality, is 82; Stephen Hawking (1942- ), physicist, is 66; David Bowie (1947- ), musician, is 61; Wolfgang Puck (1949- ), chef, is 59; R. Kelly (1967), singer, is 41.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1901, the first American Bowling Congress sanctioned tournament was held in Chicago, IL.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "People who boast about their I.Q. are losers." - Stephen Hawking when asked his I.Q. by a New York Times reporter

TODAY'S FACT: About 600,000 people annually visit Elvis Presley's Graceland estate.

TODAY'S NUMBER: 641 - projected length (in feet) of the Crazy Horse Memorial, which will be the largest sculpture in the world when it is completed.

TODAY'S MOON: New moon (January 8).


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