What Happened in January 2011

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 97th Rose Bowl: #3 TCU beats #4 Wisconsin, 21-19
  • Jan 1 40th Fiesta Bowl: #9 Oklahoma beats #25 Connecticut, 48-20
  • Jan 3 77th Orange Bowl: #5 Stanford beats #12 Virginia Tech, 40-12
  • Jan 4 77th Sugar Bowl: #6 Ohio State beats #8 Arkansas, 31-26

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 6 37th People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Kristen Stewart win (Movie Star) and Hugh Laurie & Lisa Edelstein win (TV Drama)

Film release premierFilm Release

Jan 7 "The King's Speech", starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, and Helena Bonham Carter, is released in United Kingdom

  • Jan 8 Attempted assassination of Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and subsequent shooting in Casas Adobes, Arizona at a Safeway grocery store kills 6 and wounds 13, including Giffords

Sport awardFootball Awards

Jan 10 Lionel Messi wins the inaugural FIFA Ballon d'Or, for being the best football player in 2010

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi

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Jan 10 Ian McKellen officially confirms that he will reprise the role of Gandalf in "The Hobbit" film adaptations

  • Jan 10 13th BCS National Championship: #1 Auburn beats #2 Oregon, 22-19
  • Jan 14 Stampede near Sabarimala in Kerala, India kills 104 devotees and injures 100 more
  • Jan 14 Ben Ali, former Tunisian president, fled the country to Saudi Arabia after popular protests (dubbed as Jasmine Revolution) requesting his departure.
  • Jan 14 16th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: The Social Network wins Best Film
  • Jan 15 Wikipedia the free internet encyclopedia turns 10 years old
  • Jan 16 68th Golden Globes: The Social Network, Colin Firth, & Natalie Portman win

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Jan 16 French politician Marine Le Pen becomes the leader of the National Front Party

President of the National Front Party Marine Le Pen
President of the National Front Party
Marine Le Pen
  • Jan 23 AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers beat New York Jets 24-19
  • Jan 23 NFC Championship Game: Green Bay Packers beat Chicago Bears 21-14
  • Jan 24 At least 35 died and 180 injured in a bombing at Moscow's Domodedovo airport.
  • Jan 25 Egyptian Revolution of 2011 begins in Egypt, with a series of street demonstrations, marches, rallies, acts of civil disobedience, riots, labour strikes, and violent clashes in Cairo, Alexandria, and throughout other cities in Egypt.
  • Jan 25 It is announced today that the UK economy suffered a shock contraction of 0.5% in the fourth quarter of 2010, which has been widely blamed on the severe winter weather in December and austere budget cuts implemented by the coalition government increasing fears that the UK is heading for a double-dip recession

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Jan 28 Hundreds of thousands of protesters fill the Egyptian's streets against the Hosni Mubarak's regime in demonstrations referred to as the "Friday of Anger"

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak
  • Jan 30 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 55-41

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 30 99th Men's Australian Open: Novak Đoković beats Andy Murray (6-4, 6-2, 6-3)

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray
  • Jan 30 99th Women's Australian Open: Kim Clijsters beats Li Na (3-6, 6-3, 6-3)
  • Jan 30 58th NHL All-Star Game: Team Lidstrom beats Team Staal 11-10 at Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Jan 30 27th Sundance Film Festival: "Like Crazy", directed by Drake Doremus, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 1 Singer-songwriter Kellie Pickler (25) weds country music songwriter Kyle Jacobs (34) at the Jumby Bay Resort in Antigua

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 1 Singer-songwriter Shania Twain (46) weds Swiss business executive Frederic Thiebaud in Rincon, Puerto Rico

Singer Shania Twain
Shania Twain
  • Jan 1 "Hot in Cleveland" actress Valerie Bertinelli weds financial planner Tom Vitale at their home in Malibu, California
  • Jan 2 Dresden Dolls singer Amanda Palmer (34) weds author Neil Gaiman (50) in Berkley, California
  • Jan 14 "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" actor James Marsters (48) weds longtime girlfriend Patricia Rahman in Los Angeles
  • Jan 15 PGA golfer Hunter Mahan (28) weds former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Kandi Harris in Dallas, Texas
  • Jan 30 "Chuck" actress Sarah Lancaster (30) weds attorney Matthew Jacobs in Southern California

Famous Divorces

  • Jan 21 Actress Jaime Pressly (35) divorces entertainment lawyer Simran Singh (33) due to irreconcilable differences after more than 1 year of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jan 28 "Desperate Housewives" actress Eva Longoria (37) divorces NBA player Tony Parker (30) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of a storybook wedding

Actress Eva Longoria
Eva Longoria

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Marin Constantin, Romanian composer and conductor (b. 1925)
  • Jan 1 Reynaldo Dagsa, Filipino politician
  • Jan 2 Anne Francis, American actress (b. 1930)
  • Jan 2 Pete Postlethwaite, English actor (b. 1946)
  • Jan 2 Szeto Wah, Hong Kong politician and educationalist (b. 1931)
  • Jan 2 Richard D. Winters, American Army officer (b.1918)
  • Jan 3 Fadil Hadžić, Croatian film director (b. 23 April 1922)
  • Jan 4 Mick Karn, Cypriot-born British musician (Japan) (b. 1958)
  • Jan 4 Dick King-Smith English Author (b. 1922)
  • Jan 4 Coen Moulijn, Dutch footballer (b. 1937)
  • Jan 4 Gerry Rafferty, British musician and songwriter (b. 1947)
  • Jan 5 Roland Kayn, German electronic music composer, dies at 77
  • Jan 6 Uche Okafor, Nigerian footballer (b. 1967)
  • Jan 7 Derek Gardner, British Formula 1 car designer (b. 1931)
  • Jan 8 Thorbjørn Svenssen, Norwegian footballer (b. 1924)
  • Jan 8 John Roll, United States Federal Judge (b.1947)
  • Jan 8 Vang Pao, charismatic Laotian general who commanded a secret army of his mountain people in a long, losing campaign against Communist insurgents, dies at 81
  • Jan 10 Margaret Whiting, American singer (b. 1924)
  • Jan 14 Trish Keenan, lead vocalist of English band Broadcast (b. 1968)
  • Jan 15 Nat Lofthouse, English Footballer (b. 1925)
  • Jan 17 Don Kirshner, American composer (b. 1934)
  • Jan 18 Sargent Shriver, American politician (b. 1915)
  • Jan 19 Ernest McCulloch, stem cell research pioneer (b. 1926)
  • Jan 21 E V V Satyanarayana, Indian Film Director, Producer. (b. 1958)
  • Jan 21 Dennis Oppenheim, American conceptual artist (b.1938)
  • Jan 23 Jack LaLanne, American fitness and nutritional expert (b. 1914)
  • Jan 24 Bernd Eichinger, German film producer and director (b. 1949)
  • Jan 24 Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Indian Musician, Bharat Ratna Laureate (b. 1922)
  • Jan 26 Charlie Louvin, American musician (b. 1927)
  • Jan 26 Gladys Horton, American musician and singer, member of the group The Marvelettes (b. 1944)
  • Jan 30 John Barry, English film score composer (b. 1933)