On This Day in Weird, January 8...
1800: "Victor," the Wild Boy of Aveyron, emerges from a forest at Saint-Sernin-sur-Rance, in southern France.
1864: Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale, heir to the British throne and future "Jack the Ripper" suspect, born at Frogmore, in Berkshire.
1904: Pope Pius X bans low-cut dresses in the presence of churchmen.
1918: Mississippi becomes the first state to ratify 18th Amendment, banning alcoholic beverages. (It will be the last to ratify the Thirteenth, banning slavery, in February 2013.)
1940: UFOs appear for the first of three consecutive nights over Lake Abitibi, Québec.
1971: 29 pilot whales beach themselves and die on California's San Clemente Island.
1974: Frank Searle snaps a purported photo of the Loch Ness Monster.
2007: First capture of a mature colossal squid, netted near Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf while feeding on Patagonian toothfish.