updated 1/8/2007 10:50:11 AM ET 2007-01-08T15:50:11

Today is Monday, Jan. 8, the eighth day of 2007. There are 357 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Jan. 8, 1935, rock-and-roll legend Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Miss.

On this date:
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 Wilson outlined his “14 Points” for lasting peace after World War I.

In 1959, Charles De Gaulle was inaugurated as president of France’s Fifth Republic.

In 1964, President Johnson declared a “War on Poverty” in his State of the Union address.

In 1965, the Star of India and other stolen gems were returned to the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

In 1973, secret peace talks between the U.S. and North Vietnam resumed near Paris.

In 1976, Chinese premier Chou En-lai died in Beijing at age 78.

In 1982, American Telephone and Telegraph settled the Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit against it by agreeing to divest itself of the 22 Bell System companies.

In 1987, for the first time, the Dow Jones industrial average closed above 2,000, ending the day at 2,002.25.

In 2003, a commuter plane crashed at the Charlotte, N.C., airport, killing all 21 people on board; a Turkish Airlines jet crashed in Turkey, killing 75 people.

Ten years ago: The state of Arkansas put three men to death in the second triple execution since capital punishment was reinstated in 1976. The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on whether to allow physician-assisted suicide. Russian President Boris Yeltsin was hospitalized with early signs of pneumonia.

Five years ago: President Bush signed the most far-reaching federal education bill in nearly four decades. The Most Rev. George Carey, the Archbishop of Canterbury, announced his retirement as spiritual leader of the world’s 70 million Anglicans. Ozzie Smith, regarded as the finest-fielding shortstop ever, was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on his first try. Wendy’s fast food chain founder Dave Thomas died in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., at age 69.

One year ago: The first funerals were held in West Virginia for the 12 miners who’d died in the Sago Mine disaster six days earlier.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor-comedian Larry Storch is 84. Actor Ron Moody is 83. Comedian Soupy Sales is 81. Broadcast journalist Sander Vanocur is 79. CBS newsman Charles Osgood is 74. Singer Shirley Bassey is 70. Game show host Bob Eubanks is 69. Country-gospel singer Cristy Lane is 67. Rhythm-and-blues singer Anthony Gourdine (Little Anthony and the Imperials) is 66. Actress Yvette Mimieux is 65. Physicist Stephen Hawking is 65. Rock musician Robby Krieger (The Doors) is 61. Rock singer David Bowie is 60. Movie director John McTiernan is 56. Actress Harriet Sansom Harris is 52. Singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith is 43. Actress Maria Pitillo is 42. Actress Michelle Forbes is 40. Singer R. Kelly is 40. Rock musician Jeff Abercrombie (Fuel) is 38. Actress Ami Dolenz is 38. Reggae singer Sean Paul is 34. Country singer Tift Merritt is 32. Actress Jenny Lewis is 31. Actor Scott Whyte is 29. Actress Sarah Polley is 28. Actress Gaby Hoffman is 25.

Thought for Today: “Why is propaganda so much more successful when it stirs up hatred than when it tries to stir up friendly feeling?” — Bertrand Russell, English philosopher and mathematician (1872-1970).

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