On Jan. 8, 1935, rock-and-roll legend Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi. (Getty Images)
Jan. 8, 1642: Astronomer Galileo Galilei died in Arcetri, Italy.
Jan. 8, 1863: America's First Transcontinental Railroad had its beginnings as California Gov. Leland Stanford broke ground for the Central Pacific Railroad in Sacramento. (The transcontinental railroad was completed in Promontory, Utah, in May 1869.)
Jan. 8, 1918: Mississippi became the first state to ratify the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, which established Prohibition.
Jan. 9, 1931: Bobbi Trout and Edna May Cooper broke an endurance record for female...