Today is Friday, Jan. 8, the eighth day of 2010. There are 357 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 8th, 1935, rock-'n'-roll legend Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Miss.
On this date:
In 1798, the 11th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was declared in effect by President John Adams nearly three years after its ratification by the states; it prohibited a citizen of one state from suing another state in federal court.
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 1918, President Woodrow Wilson outlined his "Fourteen Points" for lasting peace after World War I. Mississippi became the first state to ratify the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, which established Prohibition.
In 1959, Fidel Castro and his army arrived in Havana in triumph following the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista.
In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a "War on Poverty" in his State of the Union address.
In 1987, for the first time, the Dow Jones industrial average closed above 2,000, ending the day at 2,002.25.
Today's Birthdays: Game show host Bob Eubanks is 72. Physicist Stephen Hawking is 68. Rock singer David Bowie is 63. Singer R. Kelly is 43. Reggae singer Sean Paul is 37. Actress Amber Benson is 33. Rock musician Disashi Lumumbo-Kasongo (Gym Class Heroes) is 27.