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On This Day: What happened on 08 January?

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 08 January, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


2016 | Mexico recaptured Joaquín Guzmán, the world’s most powerful drug trafficker when trying to escape from a maximum-security prison in Mexico.

2011 | Representative Gabrielle Giffords, an Arizona Democrat, and about 17 others were shot when a gunman opened fire outside a supermarket where Ms. Giffords was meeting with voters.

2010 | Armed men opened fire on a bus carrying the Togo national football team on its way to the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, three killed.

2009 | A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck in northern Costa Rica, 15 people were killed and 32 injured.

2003 | Turkish Airlines Flight 634 crashed close to Diyarbakır Airport, Turkey, 75 people were killed and five survived.

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2002 | The No Child Left Behind Act was signed by the United States President George W. Bush on this day.

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2014 | American poet and architect, Madeline Gins, 73.

1943 | Estonian general and politician, 1st Estonian Minister of War, Andres Larka, 64.

2015 | American singer-songwriter, producer, and pastor, Andraé Crouch, 73.

2011 | Czech journalist and politician, Jiſí Dienstbier, 74.

2014 | American general and politician, Vicente T. Blaz, 86.


1938 | American television personality and producer, Bob Eubanks.

1942 | British actor, Robin Ellis.

1933 | American baseball player, Willie Tasby.

1979 | Polish-English meteorologist, Tomasz Schafernaker.

1971 | Swedish football player, Jesper Jansson.


1997 | After managing the team from 1992, the former Newcastle player Kevin Keegan resigned as Newcastle United manager on this day.


2021| The film directed by VW Scheich “Stars Fell On Alabama” was released in the United States on this day.


The Nigerian film industry, called “Nollywood”, produces over 2000 films annually. It is the largest film industry in Africa and the second-largest in the world, surpassing the Bollywood of India.

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