Today is Thursday, Jan. 8, the eighth day of 2004. There are 358 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Jan. 8, 1935, rock-and-roll legend Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Miss.

On this date:

In 1642, astronomer Galileo Galilei died in Arcetri, Italy.

In 1815, U.S. forces led by Gen. Andrew Jackson defeated the British in the Battle of New Orleans - the closing engagement of the War of 1812.

In 1894, fire caused serious damage at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

In 1918, President Wilson outlined his 14 points for peace after World War I.

In 1959, Charles De Gaulle was inaugurated as president of France's Fifth Republic.

In 1964, President Johnson declared a "War on Poverty."

In 1973, secret peace talks between the United States and North Vietnam resumed near Paris.

In 1976, Chinese premier Chou En-lai died in Beijing at age 78.

In 1982, AT&T settled the Justice Department's antitrust lawsuit against it by agreeing to divest itself of the 22 Bell System companies.

In 1987, for the first time, the Dow Jones industrial average closed above 2,000, ending the day at 2,002.25.

Ten years ago: Tonya Harding won the ladies' U.S. Figure Skating Championship in Detroit, a day after Nancy Kerrigan dropped out because of the clubbing attack that had injured her right knee. (The U.S. Figure Skating Association later stripped Harding of the title because of her involvement in the attack.)

Five years ago: By a unanimous vote, senators formally ratified the rules for President Clinton's impeachment trial. The top two executives of Salt Lake City's Olympic organizing committee resigned amid disclosures that civic boosters had given cash to members of the International Olympic Committee.

One year ago: President Bush signed hastily passed legislation extending unemployment benefits for 2 1/2 million victims of a weak economy. A federal appeals court ruled that President Bush could order U.S. citizens captured overseas indefinitely detained as enemy combatants without the rights normally afforded citizens charged in criminal cases. A commuter plane crashed at the Charlotte, N.C., airport, killing all 21 people on board. A Turkish Airlines jet crashed in Turkey, killing 75 people.

Today's Birthdays: Actor-comedian Larry Storch is 81. Actor Ron Moody is 80. Comedian Soupy Sales is 78. Broadcast journalist Sander Vanocur is 76. CBS newsman Charles Osgood is 71. Singer Shirley Bassey is 67. Game show host Bob Eubanks is 66. Country-gospel singer Cristy Lane is 64. Rhythm and blues singer Anthony Gourdine (Little Anthony and the Imperials) is 63. Actress Yvette Mimieux is 62. Physicist Stephen Hawking is 62. Rock musician Robby Krieger (The Doors) is 58. Rock singer David Bowie is 57. Movie director John McTiernan is 53. Actress Harriet Sansom Harris is 49. Singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith is 40. Actress Maria Pitillo is 39. Actress Michelle Forbes is 37. Singer R. Kelly is 37. Rock musician Jeff Abercrombie (Fuel) is 35. Actress Ami Dolenz is 35. Reggae singer Sean Paul is 31. Country singer Tift Merritt is 29. Actress Jenny Lewis is 28. Actor Scott Whyte is 26. Actress Gaby Hoffman is 22.

Thought for Today: "Curses are like processions. They return to the place from which they came." - Giovanni Ruffini, Italian writer (1807-1881).


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