On this day: January 8

Published On: Jan 07 2013 05:18:42 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 08 2016 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 - Valeri Polyakov
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Russian Federal Space Agency

1994: Russian cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov blasts off on Soyuz TM-18 for the Mir space station. He would stay on the space station until March 22, 1995, for a record 437 days and 18 hours in space.

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