January 8 Dateline

Famous Birthdays

1812 - Sigismond Thalberg, Swedish Composer, one of the most famous virtuoso pianists of the 19th century
1867 - Emily Balch, Economist, Sociologist, Pacifist
1924 - Ron Moody, Actor
1935 - Elvis Presley, Singer
1937 - Shirley Bassey, DBE, Welsh Singer, best known for her powerful voice and recording the theme songs to the James Bond films Goldfinger (1964), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), and Moonraker (1979). Shirley Bassey singing Goldfinger theme song live at Royal Albert Hall, uploaded by BronzeVenus. Accessed January 8 2009.
1942 - Stephen Hawking, English Theoretical Physicist, Cosmologist, and Author. He was director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge at the time of his death, March 14, 2018.
1947 - David Bowie, Musician

Singer David Bowie

Features:  Composer Sigismond Thalberg and Elvis Presley

Sigismond Thalberg's Piano Concerto in F minor, Op. 5. Francesco Nicolosi (pianist), with Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andrew Mogrelia. 

Elvis Presley singing "My Way"

Historical Events

1705 - G.F. Handel's first opera, Almira, with German and Italian arias, is first performed, in Hamburg.

1889 - Herman Hollerith receives a patent for his electric tabulating machine, developed to process data for the 1890 U.S. Census. The 1880 census had taken seven years to tabulate.

1906 - Artur Rubinstein makes his New York debut as soloist in the piano concerto of Saint-Saens.

1958 - Fourteen-year-old Bobby Fischer wins the U.S. Chess Championship.

Video Credit:

Elvis Presley "My Way" at YouTube, uploaded by elvispresleytube. Accessed January 8, 2014.
Sigismond Thalberg - Plays Piano Concerto in F-minor, Op. 5. YouTube, uploaded by KuhlauDilfeng2.  Accessed January 8, 2018. 

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4. Grun, Bernard. The Timetables of History, New 3rd Revised Ed. Simon & Schuster/Touchstone (1991)

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