8th January

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2004 Passenger ship Queen Mary named Queen Elizabeth II names the largest passenger ship ever built - the Queen Mary.
2001 James Bulger The High Court rules that the identities and whereabouts of the the two boys who murdered toddler James Bulger in 1993 will be kept secret for the rest of their lives.
1996 French politics France mourns its longest serving president Francois Mitterrand who died on this day.
1991 Rail Crash - 1 dies, many injured One person dies and hundreds are injured when a commuter train from Kent crashes into buffers at Cannon Street station in London.
1989 Air Crash - Boeing 737 lands on the M1 A Boeing 737 airplane crashes onto the M1 motorway near East Midlands airport, killing 46 people
1961 Algeria A referendum in France votes to grant Algeria its independence after seven years of guerilla war.
1959 French politics General Charles de Gaulle is proclaimed first President of the new Fifth Republic in France during a brief ceremony at the Elysée Palace in Paris.
1945 David Bowie is born David Bowie is born as David Robert Jones in Brixton, London
1935 Elvis Presley born Elvis Presley is born in Tupelo, Mississippi
1916 World War 1 - Gallipoli During World War 1 Allied forces stage a full retreat from the shores of Gallipoli in Turkey, following a failed invasion which resulted in 250,000 allied casualties.
1908 Vincent van Gogh exhibition An exhibition of paintings by Vincent van Gogh opens in Paris at the Bernheim Gallery
1642 Galileo Galilei dies Galileo Galilei dies in Arcetri, Italy
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On This Day - 8th January