What Happened in January 2009

Historical Events

  • 1st Slovakia officially adopts the Euro currency and becomes the sixteenth Eurozone country.
  • 1st 61 die in nightclub fire in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • 1st The government of the Republic of China adopts Hanyu Pinyin as its official Chinese romanization (before this time, the most commonly used was Tongyong Pinyin.
  • 1st 95th Rose Bowl: #5 Southern California beats #6 Penn State, 38-24
  • 1st 75th Orange Bowl: #21 Virginia Tech beats #12 Cincinnati, 20-7
  • 2nd 75th Sugar Bowl: #6 Utah beats #4 Alabama, 31-17
  • 3rd Israeli ground forces invade Gaza.
  • 5th 38th Fiesta Bowl: #3 Texas beats #10 Ohio State, 24-21
  • 6th Israel begins an assault on the Gaza Strip

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7th 35th People's Choice Awards: Will Smith & Reese Witherspoon win (Movie Star) and Hugh Laurie & Christina Applegate win (TV)

  • 8th A 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit Costa Rica´s region of Volcan Poás, with an epicenter near Cinchona. It was caused by Varablanca-Angel fault.
  • 8th 14th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: Slumdog Millionaire wins Best Film
  • 8th 11th BCS National Championship: #2 Florida beats #1 Oklahoma, 24-14

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11th 66th Golden Globes: Slumdog Millionaire, Mickey Rourke, Kate Winslet win

Actress Kate Winslet
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Kate Winslet
  • 13th Global shipping experiences a drop in trade, as exports from South Korea dropping an annualised 30%, with Taiwan and Japan experiencing a 42% and 27% drop respectively
  • 15th US Airways Flight 1549 makes an emergency landing into the Hudson River shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport in New York City. All passengers and crew members survive.
  • 18th AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Baltimore Ravens 23-14
  • 18th NFC Championship Game: Arizona Cardinals beat Philadelphia Eagles 32-25

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20th Barack Obama, inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States of America, becomes the United States' first African-American president

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama

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20th Joe Biden assumes the office of the Vice President of the United States

47th Vice President of the United States Joe Biden
47th Vice President of the United States
Joe Biden
  • 23rd Dendermonde nursery attack occurred in Dendermonde, Belgium.
  • 23rd UK officially enters recession as GDP falls by 1.5% in the last quarter of 2008 following a 0.6% drop in the third quarter, with unemployment growing by 131,000 to 1.92 million (6.1%)

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24th Pope Benedict XVI rescinds the excommunications of four bishops consecrated without papal consent in 1988 by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre.

265th Pope  Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • 25th 57th NHL All-Star Game: East beats West 12-11 at Montreal, Quebec
  • 25th 25th Sundance Film Festival: "Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • 29th Rod Blagojevich, the Governor of Illinois, is removed from office after being convicted of corruption charges
  • 31st In Kenya, at least 113 people are killed and over 200 injured following an oil spillage ignition in Molo, days after a massive fire at a Nakumatt supermarket in Nairobi killed at least 25 people.

Famous Birthdays

  • 26th Suleman octuplets

Famous Weddings

  • 9th High School Musical actress KayCee Stroh (24) weds Ben Higginson (24) at Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah

HeartWedding of Interest

10th "The Black Eyed Peas" singer fergie (33) weds actor Josh Duhamel (36) at Church Estate Vineyards in Malibu, California

  • 31st "Stay" singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb (40) weds Late Night with Conan O'Brien music supervisor Roey Hershkovitz (30) at Manhattan restaurant in New York City

Famous Deaths

  • 1st Claiborne Pell, U.S. senator (b. 1918)
  • 1st Nizar Rayan, Hamas leader (b. 1962)
  • 2nd Maria de Jesus, Portuguese supercentenarian (b. 1893)
  • 3rd Pat Hingle, American actor (b. 1924)
  • 3rd Ulf G. Lindén, Swedish entrepreneur (b. 1937)
  • 3rd Hisayasu Nagata, Japanese politician (b. 1969)
  • 4th Giselle Salandy, Trinidad & Tobago female boxer (b. 1987)
  • 5th Ned Tanen, American movie executive (b. 1931)
  • 6th Ron Asheton, The Stooges guitarrist (b. 1948)
  • 8th Richard John Neuhaus, Canadian-American Christian writer and editor (b. 1936)
  • 9th T. Llew Jones, Welsh author (b. 1915)
  • 10th William Frederick "Bill" Stone, British World War I veteran (b. 1900)
  • 11th David Vine, British sports broadcaster (b. 1936)
  • 12th Claude Berri, French movie director (b. 1934)
  • 12th Arne Næss, Norwegian philosopher (b. 1912)
  • 13th Doña Mary Ejercito, Filipino supercentarian, mother of Joseph Ejercito Estrada (b. 1905)
  • 13th Patrick McGoohan, American actor (b. 1928)
  • 13th Mansour Rahbani, Lebanese composer and lyricist (b. 1925)
  • 13th Nancy Bird Walton, Australian aviator (b. 1915)
  • 13th William De Witt Snodgrass, American poet under the pseudonym S. S. Gardons (b. 1926)
  • 14th Jan Kaplický, British architect of Czech origin (b. 1937)
  • 14th Ricardo Montalbán, Mexican actor (How the West Was Won), dies of congestive heart failure at 88
  • 16th Joe Erskine, American boxer and long distance runner (b. 1930)
  • 16th John Mortimer, British barrister, screenwriter and author. (b. 1923)
  • 16th Andrew Wyeth, American realist painter (b. 1917)
  • 17th Anders Isaksson, Swedish journalist, writer, and historian (b. 1943)
  • 18th Tony Hart, British artist and TV presenter (b. 1925)
  • 18th Grigore Vieru, Romanian poet (b. 1935)
  • 18th Bob May, American actor (b. 1939)
  • 20th Stéphanos II Ghattas, Patriarch Emeritus of Alexandria for the Coptic Catholic Church (b. 1920)
  • 20th Stan Hagen, Canadian politician (b. 1940)
  • 20th David Newman, American jazz musician, nicknamed "Fathead" (b. 1933)
  • 20th Sheila O'Nions Walsh (aka Sheila Walsh, Sophie Leyton), English romance writer (b. 1928)
  • 22nd Billy Werber, American baseball player (b. 1908)
  • 23rd Robert W. Scott, American politician, governor of North Carolina (b. 1929)
  • 24th Reg Gutteridge, British Boxing Journalist (b. 1924)
  • 24th Kay Yow, North Carolina State Univ. women's basketball head coach (b. 1942)
  • 24th Gérard Blanc, French singer (b. 1947)
  • 25th Kim Manners, American television producer and director (b. 1951)
  • 27th John Updike, American Novelist (b. 1932)
  • 27th R. Venkataraman, 8th President of India (b. 1910)
  • 28th Billy Powell, American musician (b. 1952)
  • 29th Hélio Gracie, Brazilian martial artist (b. 1913)
  • 29th John Martyn, Scottish singer and songwriter (b. 1948)
  • 29th Bill Frindall, English cricket scorer and statistician (b. 1939)
  • 30th Ingemar Johansson, Swedish heavyweight professional boxing champion of the world (b. 1932)
  • 31st Nagesh, Indian comedian actor in Kollywood (b. 1933)