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Important Events From This day in History January 8th

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1940 - Great Britain Food Rationing
1940 : Great Britain introduces Food Rationing using ration books containing coupons for bacon, butter and sugar. Shortly after tea, jam, biscuits, breakfast cereals, cheese, eggs, milk and canned fruit rationing were introduced. Later as the war continued many more items of both food and non food items were introduced including Meat, Petrol, Clothes, Tea and even soap were rationed.

1945 - Berlin Handover by Soviet's
Soviet Armies had handed over power to the U.S. and British Armies on this date. This event took place in what was known as West Berlin-many years before the walls were torn down between East and West Germany.

1918 - World War I Allies Counter Attack
French, British, and Italian forces were reported on this day to be in the process of preparing a counter attack along the Piave River in Italy during World War I. This battle was to be delayed for some time, however.
The Germans attempted once again to gain control over the Western Front of the Piave River in March of this same year (1918). This was considered one of the German Army's last effort to win the war. After the end of the Battle of Piave in 1918, the Austrian and Hungarian armies that fought along with the Germans direction had disintegrated. This battle that took place along the Piave River was the beginning of the end of World War I.
By the way, allied forces of France, Russia, the United Kingdom, Italy, and the United States all helped defeat the Central Powers. The Central Powers included the Germans, along with the armies of Austria, Hungary, the Ottoman Empire, (Turkey) and, Bulgaria . The United States did not actually participate in World War I until the year 1917. This was the same year that Russia had withdrawn after signing the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk with the Central Powers (German, Austrian-Hungarian, Belgium, Ottoman, and Bulgarian Armies).

In The News January 8th 1940 Food Rationing, Battle of New Orleans 1815, The Mona Lisa, President Lyndon Johnson - War on Poverty, RMS Queen Mary 2

1815 - Battle Of New Orleans
1815: Major General Andrew Jackson, defeats the invading British Army intent on seizing New Orleans and the vast territory the United States had acquired with the Louisiana Purchase.

1918 - Post-War Peace Plan
Washington 14-Point Plan for Post-War Peace Presented by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson This talk consisted of a plan which included 14 different aspects of peace keeping.
One of those on this list is that which pertains to equality of trade for peace-keeping countries (and maintenance help thereof). Other portions of agenda on this list included "Impartial adjustment of all colonial claims", "Evacuation of Russian territory" (and Belgium and French territories), and "Readjustment of Italy's frontiers".
This plan, of course was in the development phase at this time. Further effort was to be made in order to carry this plan out.

1920 - Canada - Newsprint Export Prohibited
The exportation of newsprint paper was prohibited as of this date. This embargo applied to any paper mill that refused to obey orders made by R.A. Pringle. The amount allotted to Canadian publishers was to be supplied before any further export would be allowed.

1935 - Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley, the man who received the title "The King of Rock N' Roll" while he was still alive, was born on this day.

1939 - Thomas Mooney
It was reported in a paper on this date of Thomas Mooney's release from prison on the day before (January 7). This release was granted by Governor Olson of California. Thomas Mooney was originally convicted of a bombing incident that took place in California in the year 1915. However, he had fought for his freedom for over 22 years because he did not even commit the crime. Finally Mooney's day had come, and he was able to go home to his friends and family. The governor who supported his release had collapsed, presumably because of all the excitement of being able to let an innocent man go free. It was reported that when Mooney's wife had seen him that her eyes were red with weeping.

1958 - Bobby Fischer
Robert James Fischer, a 14 year old boy from New York received the title of U.S. Chess Champion. This was considered a miracle that had happen-as he was as young as he was. Young Mr. Fischer was native to Brooklyn, New York. The contest took place in Downtown Manhattan.

1961 - Algeria Independence
Following seven years of guerrilla warfare against French colonists by the FLN in Algeria, French voters including those in Algeria have voted to give Algeria it's independence. Algeria gained it's independence of in July 1962 .

1963 - The Mona Lisa
1963: For the first time in history Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece The Mona Lisa is exhibited at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. . The loan of painting was made by the government of the French Republic from 8th to February 3rd at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C and from February 7th to March 4th at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. During it's brief time in the US over 1 million people viewed the painting in Washington and New York.

1964 President Lyndon Johnson - War on Poverty
Action against poverty was taken by the U.S. This mission was commonly referred to as the "War on Poverty, which was initially declared by President Lyndon Johnson. He presented it in his State of the Union Address (speech that every president gives once a year).
One of the proposals made during the beginning of the War on Poverty was to change the mandatory overtime pay rate to one and a half times the regular rate of pay. Other plans were to help improve educational and job-seeking opportunities, as well as find ways to help people have better places in which to live.

1973 - Ban Ads During Children's TV Shows
A citizen's action group called Action for Children's Television (ACT) made known its request of the U.S. Federal Government to ban advertisements during children's television shows. The Federal Communications Commission has not yet decided on this issue, but a 2 ½ hour hearing was scheduled on this day.
The ACT organization not only pushed for at least 14 hours of children's programming per week. Likewise programming that is appropriate to different age groups (2-5, 6-9, and 10-12).

1973 - Soviet Union Luna 21
Luna 21, a space probe that was not operated by humans, was sent out on this day. Eight days later it was reported and confirmed that this object did land on the moon. Television pictures were received on Earth as proof of this occurrence.

1975 - Ella Grassco
Ella Grasso became the state of Connecticut's first female governor. She won by election and was not just succeeded upon the passing away of her husband.

1989 - British Midland Flight 092 Crashes
British Midland Flight 092 a Boeing 737 crashes onto the M1 motorway near East Midlands airport, killing 46 people after both engines of the brand new aircraft failed.

2002 - No Child Left Behind Act
President George W. Bush signs into law the No Child Left Behind Act


2004 - RMS Queen Mary 2
2004 : The Cunard RMS Queen Mary 2 / QM2 named after the earlier Cunard liner Queen Mary the longest, widest and tallest passenger ship ever built up to that time is Christened by Queen Elizabeth II at Southampton Docks. The ship was built by a french company.


2009 - World Effects Of Recession
The effects of the current recession is now being fully felt around the world with companies laying off workers, the latest in a long line of announcements is Dell cutting over half it's workforce in Ireland, this follows announcements by manufacturers across most sectors announcing similar layoffs in countries ranging from China to the United States. Unemployment around the globe is at the highest level seen in recent times with many countries at or close to 10% including the United States.

2009 - World record levels Unemployment
Unemployment around the globe is still at record levels seen in recent times with many countries at or close to 10% including the United States and much of Europe.


2010 - Obama's clean energy
2010 : U.S. President Barack Obama has unveiled a $2.3 billion promise for clean energy jobs. It will be providing $2.3 billion in tax credits for the clean energy manufacturing sector, and is aimed at creating about 17,000 jobs. The funding for these is coming from the $787 billion American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, and has been awarded to projects in 43 states. The government predicts that about one-third of the projects will be completed within a year. The program will be providing a 30% tax credit for them, and will be focused on the manufacturing of clean energy technologies such as solar and wind. Obama has said he wants to double the amount of renewable energy that the country uses.

2011 - Decapitated Bodies Found Dumped in Acapulco
Fifteen young men were found decapitated in Acapulco, Mexico, a popular tourist destination. The incident was one a many related to violence between drug cartels that has plagued Mexico since President Calderon decided to actively fight drug trafficking in the country.   

2013 - Switzerland Belgian Coach Fire
The bus driver of a Belgian coach successfully evacuated its forty-five passengers, most of them children, when the bus caught on fire while traveling through Switzerland.


2014 - Whale Calves Found
2014 : Officials in Mexico found two gray whale calves in a lagoon. The case was unusual because the calves were conjoined, a very rare sight for whales. The whales were alive at first but died soon after their birth. Samples were being taken for scientists to study the rarity.


Born This Day In History 8th January

Celebrating Birthday's Today
Elvis Presley
Born: 8th January 1935 Tupelo, Mississippi, United States
Died: August 16 1977 Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Known For :
Elvis Presley THE KING OF ROCK AND ROLL, there are only a few music legends who are remembered and honored long after their death and Elvis is one of the select few if not the greatest. During his career he set new records for concert attendance, television ratings and recordings sales and is one of the best-selling solo artists in the history of popular music, with sales estimated up to 1 billion records. He is considered by many to be one most important figures of twentieth century popular culture. Unlike many stars past and present he entered his military service and was keen to be seen as an able, ordinary soldier, despite his fame did not enter the "Special Services" division which would have allowed him to avoid certain duties and maintain his public profile. He died at his beloved Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee.

David Bowie
Born: David Robert Jones 8th January 1947 Brixton, London, England
Known For : David Bowie best known as a singer from the late 60's and the 70's through to the Eighties, gaining success first with Space Oddity and later at Ziggy Stardust his last major success around the world was "Dancing in the Street" with Mick Jagger another hit that was great to hear once again. Below is Space Oddity which this webmaster can remember buying the 45 single and playing it non-stop until the scratches made it impossible to listen to. PS I also remember buying his earlier single "The Laughing Gnome"which was not as popular but I loved it ( Check it out on YouTube ) bought back memories for me.