On this day: January 8

POSTED: 03:18 PM PST Jan 07, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Jan 07, 2015 

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 - Eli Whitney
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1825: American inventor Eli Whitney, best known for inventing the cotton gin, dies of prostate cancer at the age of 59 in New Haven, Connecticut.


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