On this day: January 8

POSTED: 03:18 PM PST Jan 07, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Jan 07, 2016 

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 - Stephen Hawking
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1942: Physicist and author Stephen Hawking is born in Oxford, England. Along with his significant scientific works, Hawking also is famous for his published works of popular science in which he discusses his own theories and cosmology in general, including his "A Brief History of Time," which stayed on the British Sunday Times best-sellers list for a record-breaking 237 weeks.


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