240 YEARS TO LIFE
On January 8, 1998: Ramzi Yousef, a main perpetrator of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, was sentenced to life in prison. On February 26, 1993, Yousef denoted a car bomb intended to knock down both towers. It failed to do so, but it killed six people and injured 1,042.
42ND STREET CLOSED
On January 8, 1989: Broadway musical, 42nd Street closed at the Winter Garden Theater after 3,486 performances. The musical was produced by David Merrick and won a Tony Award for “Best Musical.”
On January 8, 1925: Russian composer Igor Stravinsky made his first U.S. debut at Carnegie Hall. He conducted the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in a program of his own compositions. By the time of his last Carnegie Hall appearance in 1967, he conducted over 40 times and had more than 40 of his works premiere there.