Today in History (Jan. 8th)

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Today is Saturday, Jan. 8, the eighth day of 2022. This is today in history.

Today in history

  • In 1998, Ramzi Yousef, the mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, was sentenced in New York to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
  • In 2016, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the world’s most-wanted drug lord, was captured for a third time in a daring raid by Mexican marines.
  • In 2021, Twitter banned Trump from its platform, citing the “risk of further incitement of violence.”

Local history

  • In 2013, The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce announced they were looking for an artist to complete a 3D mural in the 700 block of Main Street.
  • In 2016, Local SWAT teams surround a home in an attempt to catch Douglas Alexius, a wanted man with outstanding warrants in many counties. The SWAT team later determined Alexius was not inside.
  • In 2019, Joplin officials hosted an open house meeting to detail the plans to replace Shifferdecker Bridge ver Turkey Creek.


  • In 2008, Sen. Hillary Clinton powered to victory in New Hampshire’s 2008 Democratic primary in a startling upset, defeating Sen. Barack Obama and resurrecting her bid for the White House.
  • In 2011, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot and critically wounded when a gunman opened fire as the congresswoman met with constituents in Tucson, Arizona.


  • In 1935, Rock-and-roll legend Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi.
  • In 1994, Tonya Harding won the ladies’ U.S. Figure Skating Championship in Detroit.


Actor-comedian Larry Storch is 99. Former CBS newsman Charles Osgood is 89. Singer Shirley Bassey is 85. Game show host Bob Eubanks is 84. Country-gospel singer Cristy Lane is 82. R&B singer Jerome Anthony Gourdine (Little Anthony and the Imperials) is 81. Actor Yvette Mimieux is 80. Singer Juanita Cowart Motley (The Marvelettes) is 78. Actor Kathleen Noone is 77. Rock musician Robby Krieger (The Doors) is 76. Movie director John McTiernan is 71. Actor Harriet Sansom Harris is 67. Actor Ron Cephas Jones is 65. Former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is 64. Singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith is 58. Actor Michelle Forbes is 57. Actor Maria Pitillo (pih-TIHL’-loh) is 56. Singer R. Kelly is 55. Actor/producer Ami Dolenz is 53. Reggae singer Sean Paul is 49. Actor Donnell Turner is 49. Country singer Tift Merritt is 47. Actor-rock singer Jenny Lewis is 46. Actor Amber Benson is 45. Actor Scott Whyte is 44. Singer-songwriter Erin McCarley is 43. Actor Sarah Polley is 43. Actor Rachel Nichols is 42. Actor Gaby (GAB’-ee) Hoffman is 40. Rock musician Disashi Lumumbo-Kasongo (dih-SAH’-shee LUHM’-uhm-boh kuh-SAHN’-goh) (Gym Class Heroes) is 39. Actor Cynthia Erivo is 35. Actor Freddie Stroma is 35.

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