What Happened in January 2014

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Michael van Gerwen defeats Peter Wright to win the 2014 PDC World Darts Championship
  • Jan 1 100th Rose Bowl: #4 Michigan State beats #5 Stanford, 24-20
  • Jan 1 43rd Fiesta Bowl: #15 UCF beats #6 Baylor, 52-42
  • Jan 2 30 people are killed after a bus plunges off a cliff and falls 400 ft in Malshej Ghat, India

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Jan 2 Raul Castro gives a speech commemorating the 55th anniversary of the Cuban revolution and warns of "neo-liberal and neo-colonial thinking" entering the country

President of Cuba Raúl Castro
President of Cuba
Raúl Castro
  • Jan 2 80th Sugar Bowl: #11 Oklahoma beats #3 Alabama, 45-31
  • Jan 3 Cambodian garment workers go on strike demanding a wage increase
  • Jan 3 80th Orange Bowl: #12 Clemson beats #7 Ohio State, 40-35
  • Jan 4 14 people are killed after a three-story building construction site collapses in Goa, India
  • Jan 6 Zach Johnson wins the 2014 PGA Tournament of Champions
  • Jan 6 Truce begins between Free Syrian Army and forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in northern Damascus
  • Jan 6 16th BCS National Championship: #1 Florida State beats #2 Auburn, 34-31
  • Jan 7 Sheikh Hasina wins the general election in Bangladesh
  • Jan 8 40th People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Sandra Bullock win (Movie Star) and Josh Charles & Stana Katić win (Dramatic TV)
  • Jan 9 5 people are killed in a Mitsubishi Materials chemical plant, Yokkaichi, Japan
  • Jan 9 Yaya Toure wins African Footballer of the Year
  • Jan 9 Taliban suicide car bomb assassinates senior police officer Chaudhry Aslam and kills three others in Pakistan, Pakistan
  • Jan 12 Stephen Bunting and Lisa Ashton win the 2014 BDO World Darts Championship

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Jan 12 "True Detective", a crime-drama starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, debuts on HBO

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Jan 12 Woody Allen receives the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards

Actor, Screenwriter & Director Woody Allen
Actor, Screenwriter & Director
Woody Allen
  • Jan 12 71st Golden Globes: "12 Years a Slave," Matthew McConaughey, & Cate Blanchett win
  • Jan 13 14 people are killed and 7 are injured after an explosion in an illegal gambling hall in Kaili City, China

Sport awardFootball Awards

Jan 13 Cristiano Ronaldo wins the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Jan 14 American journalist David Satter is expelled from Russia
  • Jan 16 19th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: 12 Years a Slave wins Best Film
  • Jan 17 21 people are killed in a suicide bombing in a restaurant in Kabul, Afghanistan

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Jan 18 20th Screen Actors Guild Awards: Mathew McConaughey and Cate Blanchett win

  • Jan 19 AFC Championship Game: Denver Broncos beat New England Patriots 26-16
  • Jan 19 NFC Championship Game: Seattle Seahawks beat San Francisco 49ers 23-17
  • Jan 20 Credit cards of at least 20 million South Koreans are hacked
  • Jan 22 Water vapour is detected on the dwarf planet Ceres
  • Jan 25 102nd Women's Australian Open: Li Na beats Dominika Cibulková (7-6, 6-0)

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 26 56th Grammy Awards: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Lorde, and Daft Punk win

Singer Lorde
  • Jan 26 21 people are killed after a tourist boat capsizes off the Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 26 102nd Men's Australian Open: Stanislas Wawrinka beats Rafael Nadal (6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3)

Tennis Player Rafael Nadal
Tennis Player
Rafael Nadal
  • Jan 26 NFL Pro Bowl: Team Rice beats Team Sanders 22-21
  • Jan 26 30th Sundance Film Festival: "Whiplash", directed by Damien Chazelle, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • Jan 28 Peter Cosgrove is named the next Governor-General of Australia
  • Jan 28 DNA analysis confirms that the 6th C Plague of Justinian was caused by a variant of Yersinia pestis (the same bacteria for the Black Death)
  • Jan 29 Archaeologists discover the oldest Roman Temple (6th C BC) at Sant’Omobono
  • Jan 29 Scientists discover how to convert normal cells into stem cells in mice
  • Jan 29 Bohuslav Sobotka becomes Prime Minister of the Czech Republic
  • Jan 30 24 hostages are killed after 6 suicide bombers temporarily take over the Iraqi Ministry of Transportation in Baghdad

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 4 Actor Justin Bartha (35) weds personal trainer Lia Smith in Oahu, Hawaii
  • Jan 4 Actress and singer Alexa Vega (25) weds Big Time Rush singer Carlos Pena Jr (24) in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • Jan 26 "The Bachelor" star Sean Lowe (30) weds graphic designer Catherine Giudici (27) at the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore in Santa Barbara, California
  • Jan 30 NBA player Baron Davis (34) weds CAA agent Isabella Brewster (31) in a secret ceremony

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 2 Elizabeth Jane Howard, English novelist, dies at 90
  • Jan 2 Jay Traynor, American singer (Jay and the Americans), dies of liver cancer at 70
  • Jan 3 Phillip "Phil" Everly, American musician ("The Everly Brothers")
  • Jan 5 Carmen Zapata, American actress, dies at 86
  • Jan 5 Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, Portuguese footballer (top goalscorer-1966 World Cup), dies from heart failure at 71
  • Jan 5 Jerry Coleman, American baseball player, dies from complications from brain bleeding and surgery at 89
  • Jan 6 Larry D. Mann, Canadian actor, dies at 91
  • Jan 9 Dale T. Mortensen, American economist and Nobel laureate, dies at 74
  • Jan 11 Ariel Sharon, Israeli politician and general, dies from heart failure at 85
  • Jan 12 Gyula Torok, Hungarian Olympic Champion Boxer, dies at 75
  • Jan 13 Bobby Collins, Scottish footballer, dies at 82
  • Jan 14 Juan Gelman, Argentine poet, dies at 84
  • Jan 16 Russell Johnson, American television and film actor, best known for his role as "The Professor" on Gilligan's Island, dies of kidney failure at 89
  • Jan 16 Dave Madden, Canadian-born American actor, dies from heart and kidney failure at 82
  • Jan 18 Dennis Frederiksen, American rock singer, dies from liver cancer at 62
  • Jan 19 Bert Williams, English footballer (Wolverhampton, 30 caps), dies at 93
  • Jan 26 Tom Gola, American basketball player, dies at 81
  • Jan 27 Pete Seeger, American folk singer (Weaver, Goodnight Irene) and activist, helped create the modern American folk music movement, dies at 94
  • Jan 29 Ashutosh Mahara, Indian spiritual leader and founder of the Divine Light Awakening Mission, which claims 30 million followers, dies at 68
  • Jan 31 Christopher Jones, American actor, dies from cancer at 72