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8th January date

8th January in History:
1963 – Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa is exhibited in the United States for the first time, at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
1964 – President Lyndon B. Johnson declares a "War on Poverty" in the United States.
1971 – Bowing to international pressure, President of Pakistan Zulfikar Ali Bhutto releases Bengali leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from prison, who had been arrested after declaring the independence of Bangladesh.
1973 – Soviet space mission Luna 21 is launched.
1975 – Ella T. Grasso becomes Governor of Connecticut, the first woman to serve as a Governor in the United States other than by succeeding her husband.
1981 – 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".
1982 – The break up of AT&T: AT&T agrees to divest itself of twenty-two subdivisions.
1989 – Beginning of Japanese Heisei period.
1994 – 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.

Birthday you are sharing with:
1909 – Ashapoorna Devi, Indian author and poet (d. 1995)
1925 – Mohan Rakesh, Indian author (d. 1972)
1926 – Kelucharan Mohapatra, Indian dancer (d. 2004)
1935 – Elvis Presley, American singer, guitarist, and actor (The Blue Moon Boys) (d. 1977)
1939 – Nanda, Indian actress (d. 2014)
1942 – Stephen Hawking, English physicist and author
1975 – Harris Jayaraj, Indian composer
1977 – Ricken Patel, Canadian/British executive director of Avaaz
1983 – Chris Masters, American wrestler

Holidays and festivals celebrated on 8th January:
Commonwealth Day (Northern Mariana Islands)
Earliest day on which Children's Day can fall, while January 14 is the latest; celebrated on the second Saturday in January. (Thailand)

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