What Happened in January 2012

Historical Events

  • Jan 2 98th Rose Bowl: #6 Oregon beats #9 Wisconsin, 45-38
  • Jan 2 41st Fiesta Bowl: #3 Oklahoma State beats #4 Stanford, 41-38 (OT)
  • Jan 3 78th Sugar Bowl: #13 Michigan beats #11 Virginia Tech, 23-20
  • Jan 4 78th Orange Bowl: #23 West Virginia beats #14 Clemson, 70-33
  • Jan 6 A suicide bomber blows himself up at a police station in Damascus, Syria, killing 26 people and wounding 63
  • Jan 7 Hot air balloon crashes in Carterton, New Zealand, killing 11
  • Jan 8 "The 3:16 Game", the Denver Broncos' Tim Tebow connected with Demaryius Thomas on an 80-yard touchdown pass on the first scrimmage play of overtime, giving the underdog Broncos a 29–23 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Wild Card Playoff Game

Sport awardFootball Awards

Jan 9 Lionel Messi wins the FIFA Ballon d'Or for the second consecutive year

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi
  • Jan 9 14th BCS National Championship: #2 Alabama beats #1 LSU, 21-0

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 11 38th People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Emma Stone win (Movie Star) and Nathan Fillion & Nina Dobrev win (TV Drama)

Actress Emma Stone
Emma Stone
Actor Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp
  • Jan 12 17th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: The Artist wins Best Film
  • Jan 13 Italian cruiseliner Costa Concordia runs aground at Isola de Giglio, Italy, causing 32 deaths
  • Jan 14 Suicide bomber kills 53 and injures 130 in Basra, Iraq
  • Jan 14 Ma Ying-jeou wins re-election as President of the Republic of China with 51% of the vote

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 15 69th Golden Globes: "The Descendants," George Clooney & Meryl Streep win

  • Jan 18 Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) blackout becomes the largest protest in the history of the internet
  • Jan 19 FBI shuts down Megaupload.com for alleged copyright infringement, hacker group Anonymous responds by attacking government and entertainment industry websites
  • Jan 22 AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots beat Baltimore Ravens 23-20
  • Jan 22 NFC Championship Game: New York Giants beat San Francisco 49ers 20-17 (OT)
  • Jan 23 European Union agrees to embargo Iranian oil in protest against Iran's alleged nuclear weapons program
  • Jan 28 Death toll from coordinated bombing attacks in Kano, Nigeria, reaches 185
  • Jan 29 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 59-41

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 29 100th Men's Australian Open: Novak Đoković beats Rafael Nadal (5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5)

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
Tennis Player Rafael Nadal
Tennis Player
Rafael Nadal

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 29 100th Women's Australian Open: Victoria Azarenka beats Maria Sharapova (6-3, 6-0)

Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova
  • Jan 29 59th NHL All-Star Game: Team Chara beats Team Alfredsson 12-9 at Ottawa, Ontario
  • Jan 29 28th Sundance Film Festival: "The House I Live In", directed by Eugene Jarecki, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 4 Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry (66) weds PR executive Amanda Sheppard (29) in Turks and Caicos Island
  • Jan 7 Lady Antebellum singer-songwriter Hillary Scott (26) weds drummer Chris Tyrrell (25) at the Appel Inn near Albany, New York

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 14 Pink Floyd vocalist George Roger Waters (68) weds filmmaker Laurie Durning

Rock Bassist/Vocalist George Roger Waters
Rock Bassist/Vocalist
George Roger Waters
  • Jan 19 Indian bollywood actress Deepshikha Nagpal (34) weds Indian actor Kaishav Arora in Mumbai

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Elizabeth Brumfiel, American feminist archaeologist, dies of cancer at 66
  • Jan 1 Gary Ablett, English footballer and manager, dies of non-Hodgkins Lymphoma at 46
  • Jan 1 Bob Anderson, English Olympic fencer and renowned film fight choreographer, dies at 90
  • Jan 1 Alfredo Battisti, Roman Catholic Archdiosese of Udine, Italy, dies at 87
  • Jan 1 Kiro Gligorov, President of the Republic of Macedonia 1991-1999
  • Jan 1 Hermann Guggiari, Paraguayan engineer and sculptor, dies at 88
  • Jan 1 Ed Jenkins, American Congressman for Georgia, died at 78
  • Jan 1 Yafa Yarkoni, Israeli Singer, dies after years of Alzheimer's disease at 86
  • Jan 1 Carlos Soria, Argentine lawyer and politician, dies from gunshot to the head at 62
  • Jan 1 Marcelle Narbonne, French supercentenarian and oldest person in Europe, died at 113
  • Jan 1 Fred Milano, American doo-wop singer, member of the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, dies from lung cancer at 72
  • Jan 1 Nay Win Maung, Burmese physician, and pro-democracy activist, dies from a heart attack at 50
  • Jan 2 Ian Bargh, Canadian jazz pianist and composer, dies from lung cancer at 76
  • Jan 2 David Barron, British physicist and computer scientist, at 76 (b.1935)
  • Jan 2 Ivan Calin, Moldavian President and Prime Minister 1980-1990, dies at 76
  • Jan 2 William Carey, American businessman and philanthropist, died from complications after a heart attack at 81
  • Jan 2 Gordon Hirabayashi, civil rights activist and WWII internment opponent dies after Alzheimer's disease at 93
  • Jan 2 Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt, rock guitarist (Iron Butterfly) dies at 63
  • Jan 3 Wylie Walker Vale, American Endocrinologist who discovered the stress hormone, dies at 70.
  • Jan 3 Robert L Carter, American civil rights activist and judge, dies after complications from a stroke at 94
  • Jan 3 Winifred Milius Lubell, American illustrator and writer, dies of congestive heart failure at 97
  • Jan 3 Josef Skvorecky, Czech writer and publisher, dies at 87
  • Jan 3 Bob Weston, British guitarist and songwriter (Fleetwood Mac), dies from a gastrointestinal hemorrhage at 64 (body found on this date)
  • Jan 3 Harold Zirin, American astronomer, dies at 82
  • Jan 4 Eve Arnold, American photojournalist, dies at 99
  • Jan 4 Ruben Ayala, American politician (California State Senator 1974-1998), dies of natural cause at 89
  • Jan 4 James Crow, American geneticist, dies at 95
  • Jan 4 Harry Fowler, English actor, dies at 85
  • Jan 4 Gatewood Galbraith, [Louis], lawyer, American political activist, iconic Kentucky political figure, dies from pneumonia at 64
  • Jan 4 Rod Robbie, Canadian architect and planner, dies at 83
  • Jan 5 Donald Carter, American professional bowler, dies from pneumonia and emphysema complications at 85
  • Jan 5 Frederica Maas, American playwright and screenwriter, dies at 111
  • Jan 6 Robert Dozier, Hollywood screenwriter, dies at 81
  • Jan 6 Louise Annand-MacFarquhar, Scottish painter and filmmaker, dies at 96
  • Jan 6 Robert Holness, English radio and television presenter, dies at 83
  • Jan 6 William McBeth, American composer, dies at 78
  • Jan 6 Ellen Pence, social activist, dies from cancer at 63
  • Jan 6 Roger Boisjoly, American aerodynamicist, dies at 73
  • Jan 7 Ibrahim Aslan, Egyptian author, dies from heart failure at 77
  • Jan 9 Malam Bacai Sanhá, President of Guinea-Bissau, dies of diabetes at 64
  • Jan 9 Brian Curvis, British boxer and 1960 welterweight champion, dies from leukemia at 74
  • Jan 9 Ruth Fernandez, Puerto Rican singer and politician, dies from septic shock and pneumonia at 92
  • Jan 9 Bridie Gallagher, Irish singer, dies at 87
  • Jan 9 William Roll, parapsychologist, dies at 85
  • Jan 10 Gevork Vartanian, Soviet intelligence agent, dies at 87
  • Jan 12 Bill Janklow, four-term Governor of South Dakota, dies of brain cancer at 72
  • Jan 12 Reginald Hill, British crime author, dies of brain cancer at 75
  • Jan 12 Charles Price, American businessman and diplomat, dies at 80
  • Jan 13 Rauf Denktash, leader of Turkish Cypriots, dies of multiple organ failure at 87
  • Jan 13 Gianpiero Moretti, steering wheel designer, dies from cancer at 71
  • Jan 15 Edward Derwinski, Chicago congressman 1959-83 and first Secretary of Veteran Affairs, dies of cancer at 85
  • Jan 16 Gustav Leonhardt, Master Dutch harpsichordist, organist and conductor, dies at 87
  • Jan 16 Jimmy Castor, American pop and funk musician (Troglodyte (Cave Man), Jimmy Castor Bunch), died of heart failure at 71
  • Jan 17 Johnny Otis, R&B musician and talent scout, known as the godfather of rhythm and blues, dies at 90
  • Jan 17 Marty Springstead, American Major League baseball umpire and umpire supervisor, dies of heart attack at 74
  • Jan 20 John F Baker Jnr, United States Army Master Sergeant and Medal of Honour recipient dies at 66
  • Jan 20 Etta James, American singer, dies from leukaemia at 73
  • Jan 21 Jonathan Idema, American torturer, kidnapper and con-artist, dies from Aids complications at 55
  • Jan 21 Roy John Britten, American molecular biologist, dies at 92
  • Jan 22 Joe Paterno, American College Hall of Fame football coach, dies from lung cancer at 85
  • Jan 22 Dick Tufeld, American voice actor, dies at 85
  • Jan 23 Anthony Capo, DeCavalcante crime family hitman and informant, dies from heart attack at 52/53
  • Jan 24 Patricia Neway, American opera and musical theatre singer, dies at 83
  • Jan 24 James Farentino, American actor, dies from heart failure at 73
  • Jan 25 Paavo Berglund, Finnish conductor dies aged 82
  • Jan 26 Ian Abercrombie, English actor, dies from kidney failure at 77
  • Jan 27 Kevin White, American politician, dies at 82
  • Jan 29 Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, Italian politician, dies at 93
  • Jan 29 Camilla Williams, American operatic soprano, dies at 92
  • Jan 30 Frederick Treves, English actor, dies at 86
  • Jan 30 Mary Grierson, Welsh botanical artist, dies at 99
  • Jan 31 Anthony Bevilacqua, American cardinal, dies at 88
  • Jan 31 Dorothea Tanning, American artist, dies at 101
  • Jan 31 Tristram Coffin, American folklorist, dies from pneumonia at 89
  • Jan 31 mike Kelley, American artist, commits suicide at 57