Today in History- 8th January

International Events:

1297                 Monaco gets its independence.

1642                 Galileo Galilei died in Arcetri, Italy.

1815                 The Battle of New Orleans was fought.

1958                 Cuban revolutionary forces capture the capital Havana.

1959                 Charles de Gaulle became the first president of France's Fifth Republic.

1961                 The French people vote to grant Algeria for its independence.