Daily Calendar for Sunday, January 8, 2023 | Almanac.com

Daily Calendar for Sunday, January 8, 2023


  • Galileo (astronomer)
  • Eli Whitney (inventor)
  • Terry-Thomas (comedian)
  • Dave Thomas (Wendy’s fast food entrepreneur)
  • Alexander Prokhorov (Russian scientist who shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1964 for work that led to the development of the laser)
  • Yvonne De Carlo (actress best known as Lily Munster on The Munsters)
  • Iwao Takamoto (cartoonist; created Scooby Doo)
  • Art Clokey (creator of Gumby and Pokey)


  • Jonathan Belcher (Colonial governor and merchant)
  • John Carrol (founded Georgetown University)
  • Alfred Wallace (naturalist)
  • Frank Nelson Doubleday (publisher)
  • Larry Storch (actor)
  • Bill Graham (producer)
  • Elvis Presley (American entertainer )
  • Bob Eubanks (game show host)
  • Graham Chapman (actor)
  • Stephen Hawking (physicist)
  • David Bowie (singer)
  • Jeff Francis (baseball player)
  • Gaby Hoffmann (actress)


  • First State of the Union message, delivered by President George Washington
  • President George Washington delivered first State of the Union address
  • The 11th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, modifying the power of the Supreme Court, was ratified
  • First soup kitchens opened in London for the relief of the poor
  • Lewis and Clark saw a 105-foot-long whale skeleton in NW Oregon
  • Andrew Jackson defeated the British at the Battle of New Orleans (War of 1812)
  • Joseph Lister published the results of his study of antiseptic surgical methods. His use of carbolic acid to sterilize instuments and wounds trebles the survival rate of his patients
  • President Wilson delivered his Fourteen Points speech, suggesting the creation of a League of Nations
  • The Dow Jones industrial stock average passed the 2,000 mark
  • In Singapore, a barge accidentally rammed Jacques Cousteau’s Calypso, causing it to sink in the harbor (it was later raised)


  • New York City stayed below zero degrees F all day
  • Record cold hit Nevada, -50 degrees F at San Jacinto
  • January 6 to 8: A Nor’easter dumped record snow along the U.S. East Coast
  • Operation Recuperation began after ice storm hit New Brunswick, Ontario, and Quebec
  • 15,000+ troops began aid during a multiday ice storm in Ontario and Quebec.

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