What Happened in January 2010

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Suicide car bomb detonates at a volleyball tournament in Lakki Marwat, Pakistan, killing 105 and injuring 100
  • Jan 1 96th Rose Bowl: #8 Ohio State beats #7 Oregon, 26-17
  • Jan 1 76th Sugar Bowl: #5 Florida beats #3 Cincinnati, 51-24
  • Jan 4 The Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention removed HIV infection from its list of communicable diseases of public health significance.
  • Jan 4 39th Fiesta Bowl: #6 Boise State beats #3 TCU, 17-10
  • Jan 4 The Burj Khalifa, world's tallest building at 829.8 m (2,722 ft), officially opens in Dubai

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 5 Mike Shanahan is formally introduced as head coach of the Washington Redskins

NFL Head Coach Mike Shanahan
NFL Head Coach
Mike Shanahan
  • Jan 5 76th Orange Bowl: #10 Iowa beats #9 Georgia Tech, 24-14

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 6 36th People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Sandra Bullock win (Movie Star) and Hugh Laurie & Katherine Heigl win (TV Drama)

  • Jan 7 12th BCS National Championship: #1 Alabama beats #2 Texas, 37-21
  • Jan 7 Muslim gunmen in Egypt kill nine people after opening fire on a crowd of Coptic Christians

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 11 Simon Cowell leaves "American Idol"

Recording Executive Simon Cowell
Recording Executive
Simon Cowell
  • Jan 12 Earthquake occurs in Haiti killing 230,000 and destroying the majority of the capital Port-au-Prince
  • Jan 12 Colombia officially leaves the recession after achieving 2% economic growth in the last quarter of 2009
  • Jan 14 Yemen declares war on al-Qaeda
  • Jan 15 15th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: The Hurt Locker wins Best Film
  • Jan 17 A dragon boat from Chung Ling High School capsizes and collides with a tugboat amid strong currents in Penang, Malaysia, killing 6 people and injuring 12

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 17 67th Golden Globes: Avatar, Jeff Bridges, & Sandra Bullock win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 22 Conan O'Brien's last Tonight Show episode after a big controversy over the Tonight Show timeslot.

TV Host Conan O'Brien
TV Host
Conan O'Brien
  • Jan 24 AFC Championship Game: Indianapolis Colts beat New York Jets 30-17
  • Jan 24 NFC Championship Game: New Orleans Saints beat Minnesota Vikings 31-28 (OT)
  • Jan 25 Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409 crashes into the Mediterranean Sea shortly after take-off from Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport, killing all 90 people on-board.
  • Jan 26 After 6 consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth, the UK economy officially finally comes out of recession with a GDP growth of 0.1%
  • Jan 28 Five murderers of President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman of Bangladesh hanged: Lieutenant Colonel Syed Faruq Rahman, Lieutenant Colonel Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, Major AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed, Major Bazlul Huda and Lieutenant Colonel Mohiuddin Ahmed.
  • Jan 31 52nd Grammy Awards: Use Somebody, Zac Brown Band wins
  • Jan 31 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 41-34

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 31 98th Men's Australian Open: Roger Federer beats Andy Murray (6-3, 6-4, 7-6)

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 31 98th Women's Australian Open: Serena Williams beats Justine Henin (6-4, 3-6, 6-2)

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • Jan 31 26th Sundance Film Festival: "Winter's Bone", directed by Debra Granik, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 2 "American Idol" singer Jason Castro (22) weds Mandy Mayhall near Dallas, Texas

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 2 Actor Vince Vaughn (39) weds realtor Kyla Weber in Lake Forest, Illinois

  • Jan 9 Food writer and former fashion model Sophie Dahl (32) weds British jazz singer Jamie Cullum (30) in Hampshire, England

Famous Divorces

  • Jan 14 "Easy Rider" director and actor Dennis Hopper (73) divorces his fifth wife Victoria Duffy due to irreconcilable differences and out-of-control spending

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 3 Professor Sir Ian Brownlie, International law specialist
  • Jan 3 Mary Daly, American theologian and feminist scholar (b. 1928)
  • Jan 4 Johan Ferrier, Surinamian politician (b. 1910)
  • Jan 4 Sandro, Argentine songwriter (b. 1945)
  • Jan 4 Casey Johnson, American heiress and socialite (b. 1979)
  • Jan 4 Rory Markas, American sportscaster (b. 1955)
  • Jan 4 Tsutomu Yamaguchi, Japanese Businessman, and Survivor of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bombings (b. 1916)
  • Jan 5 Rory Markas, Angels baseball announcer (b.1955)
  • Jan 5 Murray Saltzman, Reform Jewish rabbi and civil rights leader (b. 1929)
  • Jan 5 Gisela Kraft, German writer, dies at 73
  • Jan 7 Willie Mitchell, American soul singer (b. 1928)
  • Jan 8 Monica Maughan, Australian actor (b. 1933)
  • Jan 8 Tony Halme, Finnish boxer and politician (b. 1963)
  • Jan 9 Vimcy, Sports writer (b. 1925)
  • Jan 10 Mano Solo [Emmanuel Cabut], French singer, dies from multiple aneurisms at 46
  • Jan 11 Miep Gies, Dutch Humanitarian, discoverer of Anne Frank's diary (b. 1909)
  • Jan 11 Mick Green, British guitarist (b. 1944)
  • Jan 11 Joe Rollino, American strongman, weightlifter, and boxer (b. 1905)
  • Jan 12 Hasib Sabbagh, Palestinian businessman and philanthropist, co-founder of Consolidated Contractors Company (b. 1920)
  • Jan 12 Daniel Bensaid, French philosopher (b. 1946)
  • Jan 13 Teddy Pendergrass, American R&B singer (b. 1950)
  • Jan 13 Jay Reatard, American garage punk musician (b. 1980)
  • Jan 13 Kalifa Tillisi, Libyan writer and linguist
  • Jan 14 Petra Schürmann, German model and TV announcer, Miss World 1956 (b. 1935)
  • Jan 17 Jyoti Basu, Indian politician (b. 1914)
  • Jan 17 Daisuke Gouri, Japanese seiyu (b. 1952)
  • Jan 17 Gaines Adams, American football player (b. 1983)
  • Jan 18 Kate McGarrigle, Canadian folk music singer-songwriter, dies at 63
  • Jan 19 Bill McLaren Scottish rugby commentator (b. 1923)
  • Jan 19 Jennifer Lyon American reality television personality (Survivor) (b. 1972)
  • Jan 21 Paul Quarrington, Canadian novelist, playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker, musician and educator (b. 1953)
  • Jan 22 Jean Simmons, English-American actress (b. 1929)
  • Jan 24 Pernell Roberts, American actor & singer, last surviving star of Bonanza (b. 1928)
  • Jan 25 Ali Hasan al-Majid aka Chemical Ali, Iraqi defense minister and military commander (b. 1941)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 27 J. D. Salinger, American novelist (The Catcher in the Rye), dies at 91

Novelist J. D. Salinger
Novelist
J. D. Salinger
  • Jan 27 Howard Zinn, American historian (b. 1922)
  • Jan 27 Zelda Rubinstein, American actress (b. 1933)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 29 Tom Brookshier, American football player and sportscaster, dies of cancer at 78

NFL Sportscaster Tom Brookshier
NFL Sportscaster
Tom Brookshier
  • Jan 31 Jürg Baur, German composer, dies at 91