Today is Friday, Jan. 8, the eighth day of 2016 with 358 to follow.
The moon is waning. Morning stars are Mars and Saturn. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Neptune, Uranus and Venus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Capricorn. They include financier Nicholas Biddle in 1786; educator and hymn writer Lowell Mason ("Nearer My God To Thee") in 1792; James Longstreet, Confederate general in the Civil War, in 1821; publisher Frank Doubleday in 1862; reading teacher Evelyn Wood in 1909; actor Jose Ferrer in 1912; comic actor Larry Storch in 1923 (age 93); comedian Soupy Sales in 1926; music impresario Bill Graham in 1931; newsman Charles Osgood in 1933 (age 83); Elvis Presley, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's "undisputed king," in 1935; singer Shirley Bassey in 1937 (age 79); game show host Bob Eubanks in 1938 (age 80); British comedian Graham Chapman in 1941; actor Yvette Mimieux in 1942 (age 74); British physicist and author Stephen Hawkingin 1942 (age 74); author Terry Brooks in 1944 (age 72); radio talk show host Kojo Nnamdi in 1945 (age 71); Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Robby Krieger (The Doors) in 1946 (age 70), David Bowie and Terry Sylvester (Hollies), both in 1947 (age 69); North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in 1983 (age 33).
On this date in history:
In 1790, U.S. President George Washington gave the first State of the Union address.
In 1815, the forces of U.S. Gen. Andrew Jackson decisively defeated the British in the Battle of New Orleans, the closing engagement of the War of 1812.
In 1867, the U.S. Congress approved legislation that allowed blacks to vote in the District of Columbia.
In 1889, US patent #395,791 is issued to Herman Hollerith for his "Art of Compiling Statistics," a punched card calculator. In 1896, Hollerith founded The Tabulating Machine Company, one of four companies consolidated to form International Business Machines Corporation, or IBM.
In 1961, Algerians voted in favor of the French referendum on Algerian self-determination, part of French President Charles de Gaulle's peace proposals, sweeping aside opposition and delivering him the vote of confidence he had demanded.
In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a "War on Poverty" in the United States.
In 1976, Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai died in Beijing at the age of 78.
In 1987, Kay Orr was inaugurated in Lincoln, Neb., as the nation's first woman Republican governor.
In 1991, Pan American World Airways filed for bankruptcy. The company, founded in 1927, would cease operations just 11 months later.
In 1993, thousands of people gathered at Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion in Memphis to purchase the first issue of a stamp honoring the "King of Rock 'n' Roll" on what would have been his 58th birthday.
In 1997, a report by University of Texas scientists concluded that exposure to a combination of chemicals was linked to Gulf War Syndrome, responsible for the various ailments reported by veterans of the 1991 conflict.
In 2002, U.S. President George W. Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act into law.
In 2007, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced he would nationalize the nation's telecommunications and electric power industries controlled by U.S. companies.
In 2011, six people were killed and 13 others, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., were wounded when a gunman armed with a semiautomatic pistol opened fire at a political meeting in Tucson. (The shooter, Jared Loughner, 22, was sentenced to life in prison.)
In 2013, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration reported that 2012 was the warmest year on record for the contiguous United States.
A thought for the day: "Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change. " -- Stephen Hawking