Jan 8

1790 – George Washington delivers the first State of the Union address in New York, New York

1806 – Cape Colony becomes a British colony.

1835 – the United States national debt is 0 for the only time.

1867 – African American mean are granted the right to vote in Washington, D.C.

1940 – World War II: Britain introduces food rationing.

1973 – Watergate scandal: The trial of seven men accused of illegal entry into Democratic Party headquarters at Watergate begins.

2011 – An attempted assassination of Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and subsequent shooting in Casas Adobes, Arizona at a Safeway grocery store kills 6 people and wounds 13, including Giffords.