On This Day (1)
January 8th 1587 birth of Johannes Fabricius
The eldest son of David Fabricius, he would go on to independently discover Sunspots with Galileo.
On This Day (2)
January 8th 1642 death of Galileo
One of the first astronomers to use a telescope to look at the night sky.
On This Day (3)
January 8th 1964 X 15 Rocket Plane sets new speed record
Capt. Joe Engle flying the X-15 Rocket Plane topped reached 3,716 mph at a height of 27 miles to break his own record.