January 8: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, January 8, 1835, President Andrew Jackson paid off the entire US national debt?

January 8th is officially celebrated as Bubble Bath Day and Joy Germ Day.

Today is the eighth day of the month, and there are 357 days left of the year.

Find out the facts about January 8 with these past events and amazing facts, including advances from war to peace and human rights.

Did you know that on this day in 1835, President Andrew Jackson paid off the entire US national debt? It was the first time in the country’s history that this has ever been accomplished.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about January 8th in history!

What Events Happened On January 8 In History?

2021 Donald Trump was permanently suspended from Twitter due to the risk of further incitement of violence.

2020 Justin Bieber posted on Instagram that he has Lyme disease, a bacterial illness spread by ticks.

2013 Twenty One Pilots released their third studio album called “Vessel.”

Ironically, the album reached 21 on the Billboard 200 chart.

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2010 Giant self-rolling snowballs were found in the UK.

OTD in 2010: Giant self-rolling snowballs were found in the UK.

These rare snowballs are formed in snowy weather with a precise combination of snow, ice, temperature, moisture, and wind. Self-rolling snowballs are also known as snow bales, snow rollers, and snow doughnuts.

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2006 A 6.7 magnitude earthquake shook the entire Eastern Mediterranean.

At 13:35 (local time), the earthquake struck 120 miles south of Athens and was felt in the entire Eastern Mediterranean basin. Although there was significant damage, there were only three casualties.

1992 Japanese prime minister treated president George H. W. Bush to dinner, and Bush threw up on the host.

1973 The unmanned space mission Luna 21 was launched.

Luna 21 carried the second successful Soviet lunar rover, Lunokhod 2, and was launched less than a month after the last Apollo lunar landing. Luna 21 and Lunokhod 2 are still on the Moon.


1918 The state of Mississippi became the first to accept the prohibition of alcohol.

OTD in 1918: The state of Mississippi became the first to accept the prohibition of alcohol.

The 18th Amendment to the US Constitution was all about banning alcohol in a bid to reduce crime and corruption.

1835 The US wasn’t in debt on this day.

This was the first and only time that the United States of America had no National debt.

1816 Mathematician Sophie Germain became the first woman to be awarded the prestigious Paris Academy of Sizes Prize for her theory of surface vibrations.

1790 The first President of the United States, George Washington, delivered the first State of the Union address in New York City.

OTD in 1790: The first President of the United States

1656 The world’s oldest newspaper, Haarlem, published its first paper in the Netherlands.


1493 Christopher Columbus sighted manatees for the first time ever.

OTD in 1493: Christopher Columbus sighted manatees for the first time ever.

He found them near the Dominican Republic after mistaking them for mermaids. When he described them, he said they were "not half as beautiful as they are painted."

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Famous Quotes Said On January 8

Below you’ll find the most popular things people have said or written on this day throughout history.


“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

Famous People Born On January 8

Is today your birthday? If so, you share this special day with Elvis Presley! Check out more famous people born on this day below.

1935 Elvis Presley

American Rock Singer

Elvis Presley
Died On:
Aug 16, 1977 (Age 42)
Born In:
Mississippi, USA

2000 Noah Cyrus

American Singer

Noah Cyrus
23 years old
Born In:
Tennessee, USA

1942 Stephen Hawking

English Physicist

Stephen Hawking
Died On:
Mar 14, 2018 (Age 76)
Born In:
England, UK

1947 David Bowie

English Singer

David Bowie
Died On:
Jan 10, 2016 (Age 69)
Born In:
England, UK
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1983 Kim Jong-un

North Korean Politician

Kim Jong-un
40 years old
Born In:
Pyongyang, North Korea

1967 R. Kelly

American Singer

R. Kelly
56 years old
Born In:
Illinois, USA

Famous People Who Died On This Day

1564 - 1642 Galileo Galilei

Galileo Galilei

Galileo Galilei was an Italian astronomer born on February 15, 1564. He died on this day in 1642, at age 77 in Arcetri, Italy.

Special Holidays On January 8

Are you looking for something to do today? Well, here’s a few special days that might just give you some ideas.

January 8: National Bubble Bath Day

National Bubble Bath Day

Grab your bubbles and your rubber duckie as it’s the perfect day to steep yourself in a steaming hot bathtub and destress. Today is National Bubble Bath Day, folks, and it’s all about self-care and relaxation!

January 8: National JoyGerm Day

National JoyGerm Day

Smiling is infectious, and so is joy! While JoyGerm Day might not sound all that joyous, it's all about infecting other people with your joyful mood. So get out there and smile, help an old lady across the street, or call your friends and tell them you love them, just spread the joy!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

Australia has 5 of the 10 most venomous snakes in the world.

January 8 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

If you were born on January 8, your zodiac sign is Capricorn.

Capricorns are, without a shadow of a doubt, the most hardworking of all star signs.

People born during January have the Garnet birthstone. The garnet is a vibrant and meaningful gemstone, its name comes from a sacred fruit, the pomegranate.

If you were born on this day, you would likely have been conceived on or around April 17 of the previous year.

A baby that is conceived on this day will be due around October 1st, 2023.

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