Today is the 8th day of the year with only 357 days remaining until the new year.
1780 - An earthquake hits the city of Tabriz, Iran, killing about 80,000 people and causing major damage.
1815 - At the Battle of New Orleans, during the War of 1812, Andrew Jackson leads American forces in victory over the British.
1835 - The United State national debt is zero for the only time.
1838 - Alfred Vail demonstrates a telegraph system using dots and dashes, the forerunner of Morse code.
1877 - Crazy Horse and his warriors fight their last battle against the United States Cavalry at Wolf Mountain, Montana Territory.
1918 - President Woodrow Wilson announces his Fourteen Points for the aftermath of World War I.
1963 - Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa is exhibited in the United States for the first time, at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
1964 - President Lyndon Johnson declares a War on Poverty in the United States.
1973 - The trial of seven men accused of illegal entry into the Democratic Party headquarters at Watergate begins/
2002 - President George W. Bush signs into law the No Child Left Behind Act.