On this day: January 8

Published On: Jan 07 2013 05:18:42 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 08 2014 01:00:00 AM CST

George Washington delivers the first State of the Union, Elvis is born, 14-year-old Bobby Fischer wins his first U.S. Chess Championships, and a gunman shoots Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others in Arizona, all on this day.

OTD January 8 - Galileo Galilei
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1642: Italian astronomer and scientist Galileo Galilei, whose achievements include improvements to the telescope and consequent astronomical observations and support for the Earth revolving around the sun, dies at the age of 77 in Arcetri, Grand Duchy of Tuscany, Italy.

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