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 - 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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