Important Historical Events That Happened on January 8

  • 01

    Battle of New Orleans

    On this day in 1815, the Battle of New Orleans was fought. British troops attempted to take the port of New Orleans, but Major General Andrew Jackson led his troops to victory. Many think of this as the greatest victory on land during that war.

  • 02

    US National Debt Is Zero

    On this day in 1835, the United States' national debt was zero for the first and only time. Prior to this date, the United States had owed money from the Revolutionary War, and then the War of 1812. This debt freedom did not last for long though. The Civil War would introduce more debt; that was not paid off before World War I brought about more debt. Of course, today the national debt is practically astronomical.

  • 03

    Britain Begins Food Rationing

    In 1940, Britain was in the middle of World War II. Some kinds of food were hard to come by, so Britain decided to ration food. On this day, rations began on bacon, butter, and sugar. Later, rations on meat, tea, cheese, eggs, milk, and other foods would begin. Even clothing would be rationed.

  • 04

    AT&T Is Broken Up

    AT&T was once the largest telephone company in the United States. As with many monopolies, the service they provided was not the greatest. My parents at one point were not allowed to buy a telephone: they had to rent their phones from the phone company. Long distance was also expensive (I believe that it could cost $.25 per minute to call one long distance phone number within my own area code in the 1980s). When AT&T broke up in 1982, it allowed companies to innovate. No longer did you have to rent phones for $3 per month from the telephone company - you could buy a phone for $10. Long distance prices plummeted as companies like MCI competed for your long distance business. Cell phones were affordable just 10 years later.

  • 05

    Gabrielle Giffords Was Shot

    While it is unknown whether this will be one of the major events that we remember on this day 100 years from now, at this moment, the 2011 attempted assassination of congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, as she appeared at a Safeway for a town hall style meeting, remains fresh in nearly everyone's memory. During this attempted assassination attempt, a judge was shot, along with a little girl and four other people; 12 other people were wounded, along with Giffords.





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