What Happened in January 2008

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 A New Hampshire law legalizing civil unions for same-sex couples comes into effect.
  • Jan 1 Malta and Cyprus officially adopt the Euro currency and become the fourteenth and fifteenth Eurozone countries.
  • Jan 1 94th Rose Bowl: #6 Southern California beats #13 Illinois, 49-17
  • Jan 1 74th Sugar Bowl: #5 Georgia beats #10 Hawai'i, 41-10
  • Jan 2 37th Fiesta Bowl: #11 West Virginia beats #3 Oklahoma, 48-28
  • Jan 3 74th Orange Bowl: #8 Kansas beats #5 Virginia Tech, 24-21
  • Jan 7 13th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: No Country for Old Men wins Best Film
  • Jan 7 10th BCS National Championship: #2 LSU beats #1 Ohio State, 38-24
  • Jan 8 New Jersey officially apologizes for slavery, becoming the first Northern state to do so.

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 8 34th People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Reese Witherspoon win (Movie Star) and Patrick Dempsey & Katherine Heigl win (TV)

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Jan 8 Joe Gibbs retires, for the second time, as head coach of the Washington Redskins

NFL Head Coach Joe Gibbs
NFL Head Coach
Joe Gibbs

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Jan 13 65th Golden Globes (announced): Atonement, Daniel Day-Lewis, & Julie Christie win

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Jan 18 The United Nations announce George Clooney as a UN messenger of peace

  • Jan 20 AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots beat San Diego Chargers 21-12
  • Jan 20 NFC Championship Game: New York Giants beat Green Bay Packers 23-20 (OT)
  • Jan 20 "Breaking Bad", created by Vince Gilligan and starring Bryan Cranston premieres on AMC
  • Jan 21 Black Monday in worldwide stock markets. FTSE 100 had its biggest ever one-day points fall, European stocks closed with their worst result since 9/11, and Asian stocks drop as much as 15%.
  • Jan 21 The Eyak language in Alaska becomes extinct as its last native speaker dies.

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 27 96th Men's Australian Open: Novak Đoković beats Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6)

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
  • Jan 27 96th Women's Australian Open: Maria Sharapova beats Ana Ivanovic (7-5, 6-3)
  • Jan 27 56th NHL All-Star Game: East beats West 8-7 at Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jan 27 24th Sundance Film Festival: "Frozen River", directed by Courtney Hunt, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Famous Divorces


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Jan 4 Australian pop diva Natalie Imbruglia (32) and "Silverchair" frontman Daniel Johns (28) announce their divorce stating "we have simply grown apart through not being able to spend enough time together"

Musician Daniel Johns
Musician
Daniel Johns

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Salvatore Bonanno, son of Joseph Bonnano (b. 1932)
  • Jan 1 Peter Caffrey, Irish actor (b. 1949)
  • Jan 1 Pratap Chandra Chunder, union minister of India (b. 1919)
  • Jan 1 Harold Corsini, American photographer (b. 1919)
  • Jan 2 Gerry Staley, American baseball player (b. 1920)
  • Jan 2 Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana Krommaluang Narathiwat Rajanagarindra, elder sister of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand (b. 1923)
  • Jan 2 George MacDonald Fraser, British author (b. 1925)
  • Jan 2 Lee S. Dreyfus, American politician (b. 1926)
  • Jan 3 Werner Dollinger, German politician and economist (b. 1918)
  • Jan 3 Aleksandr Abdulov, Russian actor (b. 1953)
  • Jan 3 Natasha Collins, British actress and television presenter (b. 1976)
  • Jan 3 Yo-Sam Choi, South Korean boxer/former WBC light flyweight champion (b. 1972)
  • Jan 4 Joyce Carlson, American artist (b. 1923)
  • Jan 4 Xavier Chamorro Cardenal, Nicaraguan print editor (b. 1932)
  • Jan 4 Jimmy Nah, Singapore celebrity (b. 1968)
  • Jan 5 Clinton Grybas, Australian sports commentator (b. 1975)
  • Jan 7 Alwyn Schlebusch, South African vice state president (b. 1917)
  • Jan 8 George Moore, Australian champion jockey (b. 1923)
  • Jan 8 Clyde Otis, American song writer and music producer (b. c. 1924)
  • Jan 9 Johnny Grant, American radio personality, television producer (b. 1923)
  • Jan 9 William Quinn, Irish Republican Army soldier (b. 1950)
  • Jan 9 Mehran Ghassemi, Iranian journalist (b. 1977)
  • Jan 9 Sir John Harvey-Jones, chairman of ICI from 1982 to 1987 (b.1924).
  • Jan 10 Christopher Bowman, American figure skater (b. 1967)
  • Jan 10 Maila Nurmi, aka Vampira, Finnish-born American actress (b. 1921)
  • Jan 10 Mikhail Minin, Russian Soviet soldier (b. 1922)
  • Jan 11 Carl Karcher, founded the Carl's Jr. hamburger chain (b. 1917)

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Jan 11 Sir Edmund Hillary, New Zealand mountaineer/1st to climb Mt Everest in 1953, dies from a heart attack at 88

Mountaineer and Explorer Edmund Hillary
Mountaineer and Explorer
Edmund Hillary
  • Jan 13 Sergei Larin, Lithuanian tenor (b. 1956)
  • Jan 13 Johnny Podres, American baseball player (b. 1932)
  • Jan 14 Judah Folkman, Surgeon that developed Angiogenesis (b. 1933)
  • Jan 15 Mark Haigh-Hutchinson, Game Designer (b. 1964)
  • Jan 15 Brad Renfro, American actor (b. 1982)

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Jan 17 Bobby Fischer, American world chess champion (1972-75), dies of renal failure at 64

Chess Champion Bobby Fischer
Chess Champion
Bobby Fischer
  • Jan 17 Ernie Holmes, American football player (b. 1948)
  • Jan 17 Allan Melvin, American actor (b. 1923)
  • Jan 18 Georgia Frontiere, American football team owner (b. 1927)
  • Jan 18 Frank Lewin, American composer and music theorist (b. 1925)
  • Jan 18 John Stroger, first African-American Cook County Board President (b. 1929)
  • Jan 19 Suzanne Pleshette, American actress (b. 1937)
  • Jan 19 John Stewart, American musician (The Kingston Trio) (b. 1939)
  • Jan 19 Don Wittman, Canadian sportscaster for CBC (b. 1936)
  • Jan 20 Ali Sadikin, former Jakarta famous governor (b. 1927)
  • Jan 21 Pam Barrett, Canadian politician (b. 1953)
  • Jan 21 Marie Smith Jones, last native speaker of the Eyak language (b. 1918)
  • Jan 22 Roberto Gari, American actor (b. 1920)

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Jan 22 Heath Ledger, Australian-American Actor (Brokeback Mountain, The Dark Knight), dies of a drug overdose at 28

  • Jan 22 Miles Lerman, Polish-American activist (b. 1920)
  • Jan 24 Randy Salerno, co-anchor of Chicago's CBS 2 News (b. 1963)
  • Jan 25 Christopher Allport, American actor (b. 1947)
  • Jan 25 Evelyn Barbirolli, English musician (b. 1911)
  • Jan 26 Christian Brando, actor and son of Marlon Brando (b 1958)
  • Jan 27 Gordon B. Hinckley, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (b. 1910)

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Jan 27 Suharto, 2nd President of Indonesia (1967-98), dies at 86

2nd President of Indonesia Suharto
2nd President of Indonesia
Suharto
  • Jan 27 Louie Welch, mayor of Houston (b. 1918)
  • Jan 27 Gordon B. Hinckley, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
  • Jan 28 Christodoulos, Archbishop of Athens and All Greece (b. 1939)
  • Jan 28 Bengt Lindström, Swedish artist (b. 1925)
  • Jan 29 Raymond Jacobs, American soldier (b. 1925)
  • Jan 29 Philippe Khorsand, French actor (b. 1948)
  • Jan 30 Jeremy Beadle, British television host (Beadle's About), dies of pneumonia at 59
  • Jan 30 Roland Selmeczi, Hungarian actor (b. 1969)
  • Jan 30 Marcial Maciel, Mexican religious leader (b. 1920)
  • Jan 31 Zeltim Odie Peterson, famous pug (b. 1997)