This Day in History: 0000-01-08

8 Jan – President George Washington delivered the first State of the Union Address before a joint session of Congress in New York City (1790).
8 Jan – Andrew Jackson’s 4700 soldiers and irregulars destroyed an attacking British force of over 11,000, at the Chalmette Plantation in the Battle of New Orleans, inflicting 2500 casualties and ending the Louisiana Campaign (1815).
8 Jan – The only time in US history that the US national debt was $0.00 (1835).
8 Jan – American missionaries Jim Eliot, Nate Saint, Ed McCully, Peter Fleming, and Roger Youderian were killed by Huaorani (then known as “Auca”) Indians, at a sandbar on the Curary River (1956).