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 - Bobby Fischer
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1958: Bobby Fisher, at the age of 14, wins the United States Chess Championship for the first time. Fischer, seen here in at left 1960, would play in a total of eight U.S. Chess Championships, each held in New York City, winning every one.


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