What Happened in January 2010

Historical Events

  • 1st Suicide car bomb detonates at a volleyball tournament in Lakki Marwat, Pakistan, killing 105 and injuring 100
  • 1st 96th Rose Bowl: #8 Ohio State beats #7 Oregon, 26-17
  • 1st 76th Sugar Bowl: #5 Florida beats #3 Cincinnati, 51-24
  • 4th The Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the world's tallest building, is officially opened.
  • 4th 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.
  • 4th 39th Fiesta Bowl: #6 Boise State beats #3 TCU, 17-10
  • 4th The world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, officially opens

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

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

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

  • 7th 12th BCS National Championship: #1 Alabama beats #2 Texas, 37-21
  • 7th Muslim gunmen in Egypt kill nine people after opening fire on a crowd of Coptic Christians
  • 10th The US economy is expected to get worse with more job cuts, it is reported today

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11th Simon Cowell leaves "American Idol"

Recording Executive Simon Cowell
Recording Executive
Simon Cowell
  • 12th Earthquake occurs in Haiti killing 230,000 and destroying the majority of the capital Port-au-Prince
  • 12th Colombia officially leaves the recession after achieving 2% economic growth in the last quarter of 2009
  • 14th Yemen declares war on al-Qaeda
  • 15th 15th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: The Hurt Locker wins Best Film
  • 17th 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

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

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22nd 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
  • 24th AFC Championship Game: Indianapolis Colts beat New York Jets 30-17
  • 24th NFC Championship Game: New Orleans Saints beat Minnesota Vikings 31-28 (OT)
  • 25th 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.
  • 26th After 6 consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth, the UK economy officially finally comes out of recession with a GDP growth of 0.1%
  • 28th 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.
  • 31st 52nd Grammy Awards: Use Somebody, Zac Brown Band wins
  • 31st NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 41-34

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

Tennis Player Roger Federer
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Roger Federer

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

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

Famous Weddings

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

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

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

Famous Divorces

  • 14th "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

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

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

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

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

NFL Sportscaster Tom Brookshier
NFL Sportscaster
Tom Brookshier