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 This day in History - January 8
467 Historic Events for January 8
1979

Vietnamese troops overtook Khmer Rouge and occupy Phnom Penh

Event
1979

Sarah Polley, actress (Sweet Hereafter)

Birth
1979

Today Show gets a new theme song

Event
1979

512 die as oil tanker Bantry Bay blows up

Event
1979

Sequoyah, chimpanzee (son of Washoe)

Birth
1980

Islander Glenn Resch's 20th shut-out opponent-Canucks 3-0

Event
1980

Oscar Ewing, US govt official (Everybody's Business), dies at 90

Death
1980

NCAA decides to sponsor women's championships in 5 sports

Event
1981

Matthew Beard, entertainer, dies

Death
1981

Woody Chamblis, actor (Mr Lathrop-Gunsmoke), dies at 66

Death
1981

"Pirates of Penzance" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 772 performances

Event
1981

Reds become last team to sign a free agent (Larry Biitner)

Event
1981

India all out 63 in one-day international v Australia

Event
1982

Reta Shaw, actress (Ghost and Mrs Muir), dies of emphysema at 69

Death
1982

Gregoire Aslan, actor (Concrete Jungle), dies of 73 of a heart attack

Death
1982

Justice Dept withdraws antitrust suit against IBM, pending since

Event
1982

ATandT agrees to divest itself of 22 Bell System companies

Event
1982

Johnny Cash Parkway opens in Hendersonville Tennessee

Event
1982

Gaby Hoffman, actress (Field of Dreams, Uncle Buck, Now and Then)

Birth
1983

Gale Page, actress (4 Daughters, Knute Rockney), dies of cancer at 72

Death
1983

Lois Wilson, actress (Alice-Aldrich Family), dies at 88

Death
1984

Wash Caps Bengt Gustafsson scores 5 goals to beat Phila 7-1

Event
1984

NCAA announces that basketball tournament will have 64 teams

Event
1985

Japan launches Sakigake space probe to Halley's Comet

Event
1986

Yaroslav Seifert, Czech poet (Nobel 1984), dies at 84

Death