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 - Dave Thomas
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2002: Dave Thomas, the founder and chief executive officer of the fast-food restaurant chain Wendy's, dies of liver cancer at the age of 69 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Thomas, who named the restaurant chain after his daughter, was also known for his appearances in more than 800 commercial advertisements for the chain from 1989 to 2002.


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