Jan 8, 1697
Thomas Aikenhead is the last person executed for blasphemy in England. He is killed for his opinions on Jesus being a magician who learned his magic in Egypt, and calling the Bible a book full of contradictions and a real miracle that anyone could be deluded into believing it. RIP Brother Aikenhead!
Jan 8 1815
The Battle of New Orleans began. The War of 1812 had officially ended on December 24, 1814, with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent. The news of the signing had not reached British troops in time to prevent their attack on New Orleans.
Jan 8 1880
Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico, dead in San Francisco. Born Joshua A. Norton, he was adopted by the citizens of the city and issued frequent imperial proclamations.
Jan 8 1935
Elvis born, Tupelo Mississippi.
Jan 8 1973
Ed Kemper, Santa Cruz, California’s own serial killer, shoots a hitchhiking co-ed. Her body is hidden at the home of Ed’s mother to be molested and dismembered the next day.
Jan 8 1991
Guitarist Steve Clark from Def Leppard found dead from a drug and alcohol overdose. He was 31.
Jan 8 1992
George Bush, sick with the stomach flu, decides not to excuse himself at a Tokyo state dinner. He vomits in the lap of the Japanese Prime Minister while cameras are rolling, to the great amusement of everyone except the Prime Minister.
Jan 8 1998
Unabomber suspect Ted Kaczynski attempts to hang himself in his jail cell with his underwear. Let’s hope for his mother’s sake that the underwear he chose was clean.