What Happened on January 1, 2009

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • 61 die in nightclub fire in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • 75th Orange Bowl: #21 Virginia Tech beats #12 Cincinnati, 20-7
  • 95th Rose Bowl: #5 Southern California beats #6 Penn State, 38-24
  • Slovakia officially adopts the Euro currency and becomes the sixteenth Eurozone country.
  • 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.

Famous Deaths

  • Claiborne Pell, U.S. senator (b. 1918)
  • Nizar Rayan, Hamas leader (b. 1962)