What Happened in January 2006

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Sydney, Australia swelters through its hottest New Years Day on record. The thermometre peaked at 45 degrees celsius, sparking bushfires and power outages.
  • Jan 2 72nd Sugar Bowl: #11 West Virginia beats #7 Georgia, 38-35
  • Jan 2 35th Fiesta Bowl: #4 Ohio State beats #5 Notre Dame, 34-20
  • Jan 3 72nd Orange Bowl: #3 Penn State beats #22 Florida State, 26-23
  • Jan 4 Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel suffers a second, apparently more serious stroke. His authority is transferred to acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
  • Jan 4 8th BCS National Championship: #2 Texas beats #1 Southern California, 41-38, at 92nd Rose Bowl
  • Jan 8 A magnitude 6.9 earthquake with its epicenter just off the Greek island of Kythira hits much of the country and is felt throughout the entire eastern Mediterranean Sea.
  • Jan 9 11th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: Brokeback Mountain wins Best Film

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 10 32nd People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Sandra Bullock win (Motion Picture) and Ray Romano & Jennifer Garner win (TV)

  • Jan 12 A stampede during the Stoning the Devil ritual on the last day at the Hajj in Mina, Saudi Arabia, kills at least 362 Muslim pilgrims.
  • Jan 12 Turkey releases Mehmet Ali Ağca from jail after he served 25 years for shooting Pope John Paul II.
  • Jan 12 The French warship Clemenceau reaches Egypt and is barred access to the Suez Canal. Greenpeace activists board the ship.
  • Jan 12 The foreign ministers of the United Kingdom, France, and Germany declare that negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program have reached a dead end and recommend that Iran be referred to the United Nations Security Council.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 12 During an emotional ceremony, Mark Messier's #11 jersey is retired by the New York Rangers

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jan 16 Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is sworn in as Liberia's new president. She becomes Africa's first female elected head of state.

Africa's First Elected Female Head of State Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
Africa's First Elected Female Head of State
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 16 63rd Golden Globes: Brokeback Mountain, Philip Seymour Hoffman, & Felicity Huffman win

  • Jan 19 A Slovak Air Force Antonov An-24 crashes in Hungary.
  • Jan 19 The New Horizons probe is launched by NASA on the first mission to Pluto.
  • Jan 19 Terrorist blows himself up in Tel Aviv, killing only himself but injuring 20 people, one of them seriously.
  • Jan 22 Evo Morales is inaugurated as President of Bolivia, becoming the country's first indigenous president.

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Jan 22 Kobe Bryant scores a career-high 81 points in a victory against the Toronto Raptors, the second most in NBA history in one single game

NBA Guard Kobe Bryant
NBA Guard
Kobe Bryant
  • Jan 22 AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Denver Broncos 34-17
  • Jan 22 NFC Championship Game: Seattle Seahawks beat Carolina Panthers 34-14

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jan 24 After losing the federal election to Stephen Harper, Paul Martin resigns as leader of the Liberal party

21st Prime Minister of Canada Paul Martin
21st Prime Minister of Canada
Paul Martin
22nd Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper
22nd Prime Minister of Canada
Stephen Harper
  • Jan 25 Three independent observing campaigns announce the discovery of OGLE-2005-BLG-390Lb through gravitational microlensing, the first cool rocky/icy extrasolar planet around a main-sequence star.
  • Jan 26 Western Union discontinues its telegram service.

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 29 94th Men's Australian Open: Roger Federer beats Marcos Baghdatis (5-7, 7-5, 6-0, 6-2)

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • Jan 29 94th Women's Australian Open: Amelie Mauresmo beats Justine Henin (6-1, 2-0, ret.)
  • Jan 29 22nd Sundance Film Festival: "Quinceanera", directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

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Jan 29 US 39-cent stamp is released featuring Hattie McDaniel in the dress she wore in 1940 when she became the 1st African-American actress to accept an Academy Award

  • Jan 29 Irfan Pathan becomes first bowler to take a Test cricket hat-trick in the opening over of a match

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Jan 31 Alan Greenspan retires as Chairman of the Federal Reserve

US Fed Chairman & Economist Alan Greenspan
US Fed Chairman & Economist
Alan Greenspan

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 2 NBC correspondent Chip Reid weds Nina Block in Hawaii
  • Jan 5 Adult film actress Linsey Dawn McKenzie (27) weds former Wimbledon F.C. and Northern Ireland footballer Mark Williams (35) at the central London register office

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 7 Punky pop singer Pink (26) weds motocross daredevil and The Surreal Life actor Carey Hart (30) at the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Singer Pink

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 12 Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk (37) weds Lhotse Merriam at Tavarua Island Resort in Fiji

Skateboarder Tony Hawk
Tony Hawk

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 13 "The Diary of Anne Frank" actress Shelley Winters (85) weds Gerry DeFord a few hours before her death

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 14 Rapper Eminem marries Kimberly Anne Scott for the 2nd time

Rapper Eminem

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 22 Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley (37) weds American guitarist and producer Michael Lockwood (44) at Kyoto, Japan

Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley
Princess of Rock and Roll
Lisa Marie Presley
  • Jan 27 Mexican Latin Grammy Award singer Ana Barbara (35) weds Jose Maria Fernandez in Mexico
  • Jan 28 London Broncos rugby football player Craig Gower (27) weds TV personality and model Amanda Flynn (24) in Sydney, Australia
  • Jan 28 "The Biggest Loser" TV personality Rasha Spindel weds Edwin Chapman at the Wai'oli Tea Room in Manoa Valley, Honolulu
  • Jan 28 A bright-eyed 18-month-old from Midland, Texas, who fall into abandoned well Jessica McClure (19) weds Daniel Morales (32) in the Greenwood Church of Christ near Midland

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Harry Magdoff, American magazine editor (b. 1913)
  • Jan 1 Hugh McLaughlin, Irish publisher and inventor (b. 1918)
  • Jan 1 Dawn Lake, Australian TV comedienne (b. 1927)
  • Jan 1 Bryan Harvey, American musician (House of Freaks) (b. 1956)
  • Jan 2 Cecilia Muñoz-Palma, first female Philippine Supreme Court Justice (b. 1913)
  • Jan 3 Bill Skate, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea (b. 1954)
  • Jan 3 Steve Rogers, Australian rugby league footballer (b. 1954)
  • Jan 4 Irving Layton, Canadian poet (b. 1912)
  • Jan 4 Robert Howard White, Mayor of Papatoetoe, New Zealand (b. 1914)
  • Jan 4 Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai (b. 1946)
  • Jan 5 Lord Merlyn-Rees, British politician (b. 1920)
  • Jan 6 Lou Rawls, American singer (b. 1933)
  • Jan 6 Hugh Thompson, Jr., decorated Vietnam War helicopter pilot (b. 1943)
  • Jan 7 Heinrich Harrer, Austrian mountaineer (b. 1912)
  • Jan 8 Tony Banks, British politician (b. 1943)
  • Jan 9 Andy Caldecott, Australian motorcycle racer (b. 1964)
  • Jan 9 Mikk Mikiver, Estonian actor, director (b. 1937)
  • Jan 11 Markus Löffel (Mark Spoon), German DJ (b. 1966)
  • Jan 11 Nixzmary Brown, American child abuse victim (b. 1998)
  • Jan 13 Frank Fixaris, American sportscaster (b. 1934)
  • Jan 13 Marc Potvin, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1967)

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Jan 14 Shelley Winters, American actress, dies at 85

  • Jan 14 Henri Colpi, French film editor and director (b. 1921)
  • Jan 14 Jim Gary, American sculptor (b. 1939)
  • Jan 14 Mark Philo, English footballer (b. 1984)
  • Jan 15 Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait (b. 1926)
  • Jan 16 Stanley Biber, American physician, pioneer of transgender surgery, (b. 1923)
  • Jan 17 Clarence Ray Allen, American murderer (b. 1930)
  • Jan 17 Pierre Grondin, French Canadian cardiac surgeon (b. 1925)
  • Jan 18 Jan Twardowski, Polish poet (b. 1915)
  • Jan 19 Anthony Franciosa, American actor (b. 1928)
  • Jan 19 Aoun Al-Sharif Qasim, Sudanese writer and Islamic scholar (b. 1933)
  • Jan 19 Geoff Rabone, New Zealand cricket player (b. 1921)

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Jan 19 Wilson Pickett, American singer (b. 1941)

R&B and Soul Singer Songwriter Wilson Pickett
R&B and Soul Singer Songwriter
Wilson Pickett
  • Jan 21 Ibrahim Rugova, President of Kosovo (b. 1944)
  • Jan 21 Bedanand Jha, Nepalese politician
  • Jan 23 Chris McKinstry, Canadian scientist (b. 1967)
  • Jan 24 Fayard Nicholas, American tap dancer, one-half of The Nicholas Brothers (b. 1914)
  • Jan 24 Schafik Handal, Salvadoran politician
  • Jan 24 Chris Penn, American actor (b. 1965)
  • Jan 26 Khan Abdul Wali Khan, Pakistani opposition leader and Pashtun nationalist (b. 1917)
  • Jan 26 Len Carlson, Canadian actor (b. 1937)
  • Jan 26 Carol Lambrino, son of Carol II of Romania and Zizi Lambrino (b. 1920)
  • Jan 27 Johannes Rau, 8th President of Germany (b. 1931)
  • Jan 27 Gene McFadden, American singer and songwriter (b. 1948)
  • Jan 27 Jean-Christophe Lafaille, French mountaineer (disappeared) (b. 1965)
  • Jan 28 Yitzchak Kaduri, rabbi (b. around 1900)
  • Jan 28 Henry McGee, English comedian (b. 1929)
  • Jan 30 Coretta Scott King, American activist and wife of Martin Luther King Jr. (b. 1927)
  • Jan 31 Moira Shearer, Scottish actress (The Red Shoes) and ballerina (b. 1926)