On this day: January 8
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- 1697 – Scottish student Thomas Aikenhead became the last person to be executed for blasphemy in Great Britain.
- 1790 – George Washington delivered the first State of the Union address in New York City, then the provisional capital of the United States.
- 1889 – American statistician Herman Hollerith received a patent for his electromechanical tabulating machine for punched-card data.
- 1972 – Following the country's defeat in the previous year's war, new Pakistani president Zulfikar Ali Bhutto released Bangladeshi politician Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (pictured) from prison in response to international pressure.
- 2010 – Gunmen from an offshoot of the Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda attacked the bus transporting the Togo national football team to the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola, killing three people.