What Happened in January 2009

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Slovakia officially adopts the Euro currency and becomes the sixteenth Eurozone country.
  • Jan 1 61 die in nightclub fire in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Jan 1 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.
  • Jan 1 95th Rose Bowl: #5 Southern California beats #6 Penn State, 38-24
  • Jan 1 75th Orange Bowl: #21 Virginia Tech beats #12 Cincinnati, 20-7
  • Jan 2 75th Sugar Bowl: #6 Utah beats #4 Alabama, 31-17
  • Jan 3 Israeli ground forces invade Gaza.
  • Jan 5 38th Fiesta Bowl: #3 Texas beats #10 Ohio State, 24-21
  • Jan 6 Israel begins an assault on the Gaza Strip

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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

  • Jan 8 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.
  • Jan 8 14th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: Slumdog Millionaire wins Best Film
  • Jan 8 11th BCS National Championship: #2 Florida beats #1 Oklahoma, 24-14

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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

Actress Kate Winslet
Actress
Kate Winslet
  • Jan 13 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
  • Jan 15 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.
  • Jan 18 AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Baltimore Ravens 23-14
  • Jan 18 NFC Championship Game: Arizona Cardinals beat Philadelphia Eagles 32-25

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Jan 20 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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Jan 20 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
  • Jan 23 Dendermonde nursery attack occurred in Dendermonde, Belgium.
  • Jan 23 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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Jan 24 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
  • Jan 25 57th NHL All-Star Game: East beats West 12-11 at Montreal, Quebec
  • Jan 25 25th Sundance Film Festival: "Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • Jan 29 Rod Blagojevich, the Governor of Illinois, is removed from office after being convicted of corruption charges
  • Jan 31 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

  • Jan 26 Suleman octuplets born to Nadya Suleman in Bellflower, California - longest ever octuplet survival

Famous Weddings

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

  • Jan 31 "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

  • Jan 1 Claiborne Pell, U.S. senator (b. 1918)
  • Jan 1 Nizar Rayan, Hamas leader (b. 1962)
  • Jan 2 Maria de Jesus, Portuguese supercentenarian (b. 1893)
  • Jan 3 Pat Hingle, American actor (b. 1924)
  • Jan 3 Ulf G. Lindén, Swedish entrepreneur (b. 1937)
  • Jan 3 Hisayasu Nagata, Japanese politician (b. 1969)
  • Jan 4 Giselle Salandy, Trinidad & Tobago female boxer (b. 1987)
  • Jan 5 Ned Tanen, American movie executive (b. 1931)
  • Jan 6 Ron Asheton, The Stooges guitarrist (b. 1948)
  • Jan 8 Richard John Neuhaus, Canadian-American Christian writer and editor (b. 1936)
  • Jan 9 T. Llew Jones, Welsh author (b. 1915)
  • Jan 9 Dave Dee, British musician (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich), dies of cancer at 67
  • Jan 10 William Frederick "Bill" Stone, British World War I veteran (b. 1900)
  • Jan 11 David Vine, British sports broadcaster (b. 1936)
  • Jan 12 Claude Berri, French movie director (b. 1934)
  • Jan 12 Arne Næss, Norwegian philosopher (b. 1912)
  • Jan 13 Doña Mary Ejercito, Filipino supercentarian, mother of Joseph Ejercito Estrada (b. 1905)
  • Jan 13 Patrick McGoohan, American actor (b. 1928)
  • Jan 13 Mansour Rahbani, Lebanese composer and lyricist (b. 1925)
  • Jan 13 Nancy Bird Walton, Australian aviator (b. 1915)
  • Jan 13 William De Witt Snodgrass, American poet under the pseudonym S. S. Gardons (b. 1926)
  • Jan 14 Jan Kaplický, British architect of Czech origin (b. 1937)
  • Jan 14 Ricardo Montalbán, Mexican actor (How the West Was Won), dies of congestive heart failure at 88
  • Jan 16 Joe Erskine, American boxer and long distance runner (b. 1930)
  • Jan 16 John Mortimer, British barrister, screenwriter and author. (b. 1923)
  • Jan 16 Andrew Wyeth, American realist painter (b. 1917)
  • Jan 17 Anders Isaksson, Swedish journalist, writer, and historian (b. 1943)
  • Jan 18 Tony Hart, British artist and TV presenter (b. 1925)
  • Jan 18 Grigore Vieru, Romanian poet (b. 1935)
  • Jan 18 Bob May, American actor (b. 1939)
  • Jan 20 Stéphanos II Ghattas, Patriarch Emeritus of Alexandria for the Coptic Catholic Church (b. 1920)
  • Jan 20 Stan Hagen, Canadian politician (b. 1940)
  • Jan 20 David Newman, American jazz musician, nicknamed "Fathead" (b. 1933)
  • Jan 20 Sheila O'Nions Walsh (aka Sheila Walsh, Sophie Leyton), English romance writer (b. 1928)
  • Jan 22 Billy Werber, American baseball player (b. 1908)
  • Jan 23 Robert W. Scott, American politician, governor of North Carolina (b. 1929)
  • Jan 24 Reg Gutteridge, British Boxing Journalist (b. 1924)
  • Jan 24 Kay Yow, North Carolina State Univ. women's basketball head coach (b. 1942)
  • Jan 24 Gérard Blanc, French singer (b. 1947)
  • Jan 25 Kim Manners, American television producer and director (b. 1951)
  • Jan 27 John Updike, American Novelist (b. 1932)
  • Jan 27 R. Venkataraman, 8th President of India (b. 1910)
  • Jan 28 Billy Powell, American musician (b. 1952)
  • Jan 29 Hélio Gracie, Brazilian martial artist (b. 1913)
  • Jan 29 John Martyn, British singer songwriter, dies at 60
  • Jan 29 Bill Frindall, English cricket scorer and statistician (b. 1939)
  • Jan 29 Alfred Mabbs, British Archivist (Public Records Office), dies at 87
  • Jan 30 Ingemar Johansson, Swedish heavyweight professional boxing champion of the world (b. 1932)
  • Jan 31 Nagesh, Indian comedian actor in Kollywood (b. 1933)