January 8 in history: India's first woman pilot passed away in 1984

Bengaluru, Jan 8: Today is Thursday, January 8, 2015. What happened on this day in history? Oneindia takes a look at the past:

January 8: This day in history

1745: England, Austria, Saxony and the Netherlands form an alliance against Russia.

1871: Prussian troops targetted Paris during the Franco-Prussian War.

1892: 100 killed in a cole mine explosion in McAlister, Oklahoma, USA.

1918: US president Woodrow Wilson outlined his Fourteen Points peace programme.

1946: US president Harry S Truman vowed to stand by the Yalta accord on the Balkans' self-determination.

1958: Bobby Fischer won the US Chess Championship for the first time at age 14.

1959: Charles de Gaulle became the first president of the Fifth French Republic.

1963: President John F Kennedy attended the unveiling of the Mona Lisa.

1964: US president Lyndon Johnson announced his War on Poverty.

1968: The Official Languages Act, 1963 was amended.

1984: Sushma Mukhopadhyay, India's first woman pilot, died at 74.

1994: Russian cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov left earth for the Mir space station and spent a record 437 days in space.

1995: Veteran national leader Madhu Limaye passed away.

Ramzi Yousef, the mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing was sentenced to life in prison.

2002: US President George W Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act into law to improve America's educational system.

2004: The largest passenger ship in history, the RMS Queen Mary 2, was christened by Queen Elizabeth II, granddaughter of Queen Mary.

2011: House of Representatives member from Arizona Gabrielle Giffords was wounded along with 16 others at a shooting outside a grocery store.

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