What Happened in January 2015

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Lithuania adopts the euro as its currency, replacing the litas and becoming the 19th member of the Eurozone
  • Jan 1 Eurasian Economic Union comes into effect, creating a political and economic union between Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan
  • Jan 1 101st Rose Bowl: #2 Oregon beats #3 Florida State, 59-20 (National Championship Playoff Semi-Final)
  • Jan 1 81st Sugar Bowl: #4 Ohio State beats #1 Alabama, 42-35 (National Championship Playoff Semi-Final Game)
  • Jan 3 18 people are killed after the Norwegian cargo ship MS Bulk Jupiter sinks off the coast of Vietnam
  • Jan 3 Over 2,000 people are killed in north-east Nigeria after Boko Haram militants raze the town of Baga
  • Jan 4 Gary Anderson of Scotland wins the PDC World Darts Championship
  • Jan 6 Randy Johnson, Pedro Martínez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

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Jan 7 Terrorist attack on the offices of satirical newspaper "Charlie Hebdo" in Paris kills 12 (including Jean Cabut and Stéphane Charbonnier), injures 11

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 7 41st People's Choice Awards: Robert Downey & Jennifer Lawrence win (movie star), Patrick Dempsey, Ellen Pomero (TV dramatic)

  • Jan 7 A car bomb explodes in Sana'a, the capital of Yemen, killing 38 people and injuring more than 63
  • Jan 10 57 people are killed after an oil tanker collided with a passenger coach outside of Karachi, Pakistan
  • Jan 10 72 people are killed & 169 hospitalized after a mass poisoning of beer with crocodile bile at a funeral in Mozambique
  • Jan 11 Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović is elected as the first female Prime Minister of Croatia

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 11 72nd Golden Globes: Boyhood, Eddie Redmayne, & Julianne Moore win

Sport awardFootball Awards

Jan 12 Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid C.F. wins the FIFA Ballon d'Or for the best player of the year

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Jan 14 63 people are killed & 70,000 are left homeless after floods devastate Mozambique and Malawi
  • Jan 15 20th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: Boyhood wins Best Film
  • Jan 18 AB de Villiers makes the fastest century in ODI cricket history from 31 balls against the West Indies
  • Jan 18 AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots beat Indianapolis Colts 45-7
  • Jan 18 NFC Championship Game: Seattle Seahawks beat Green Bay Packers 28-22 (OT)

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Jan 23 Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is crowned King of Saudi Arabia, on the death of this half-brother King Abdullah

King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
King of Saudi Arabia
Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
  • Jan 24 Golden State Warrior Klay Thompson scores the most NBA points in a quarter with 37 & the most 3-pointers in a quarter with 9
  • Jan 25 Miss Colombia Paulina Vega is crowned Miss Universe 2014
  • Jan 25 60th NHL All-Star Game: Team Toews beats Team Foligno 17-12 at Columbus, Ohio
  • Jan 25 NFL Pro Bowl: Team Irvin beats Team Carter 32-28
  • Jan 26 Libby Lane is ordained as the first female bishop of the Church of England
  • Jan 29 Malaysia officially declares the disappearance of missing flight MH370 an accident

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Jan 31 Lydia Ko at 17, becomes the youngest golfer in men's or women's golf history to be ranked No. 1 in the world

Golfer Lydia Ko
Lydia Ko
  • Jan 31 Sergio Mattarella is elected President of Italy
  • Jan 31 Australia defeats South Korea in football to win the 2015 AFC Asian Cup
  • Jan 31 Pr-Football Hall of Fame inductees: Junior Seau, Jerome Bettis, Charles Haley, Will Shields, Tim Brown, and Mick Tingelhoff

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 31 103rd Women's Australian Open: Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova (6-3, 7-6)

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 1 Singer-songwriter Ben Harper (45) weds social advocate Jaclyn Matfus

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 5 Actress Cameron Diaz (42) weds Charlotte guitarist Benji Madden (35) in Beverly Hills, California

Actress Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz
  • Jan 17 Actor/comedian Stephen Fry (57) weds stand-up comedian Elliott Spencer in the Norfolk town of Dereham
  • Jan 21 "One Tree Hill" star Chad Michael Murray (33) weds actress Sarah Roemer (30)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Mario Cuomo, American Democratic Party politician and the 52nd Governor of New York (1983-95), dies of a heart condition at 82
  • Jan 1 Boris Morukov, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 64
  • Jan 1 Ninón Sevilla, Cuban-Mexican actress (Aventurera, Víctimas del Pecado), dies at 85
  • Jan 1 Donna Douglas, American actress (Elly May Clampett-The Beverly Hillbillies), dies of pancreatic cancer at 82
  • Jan 1 Omar Karami, Lebanese Prime Minister (1992-94, 2004-05), dies at 80
  • Jan 2 [Little] Jimmy Dickens, American country singer (Grand Ole Opry), dies at 94

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Jan 3 Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass), first popularly elected African American to the US Senate (1967-79), dies at 95

US Senator Edward W. Brooke
US Senator
Edward W. Brooke
  • Jan 4 Stuart Scott, American sports journalist (ESPN), dies of cancer at 49
  • Jan 6 Lance Percival, English actor and comedian (That Was The Week That Was), dies at 81
  • Jan 7 Tadeusz Konwicki, Polish writer (Bohin Manor) and film director, dies at 88

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Jan 7 Stéphane Charbonnier [Charb], French cartoonist and editor of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, dies in a terrorist attack at 47

  • Jan 7 Jean Cabut [Cabu], French caricaturist (Charlie Hebdo), killed in terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo's office in Paris at 76

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Jan 7 Rod Taylor, Australian actor (Time Machine, The Birds), dies at 84

Actor Rod Taylor
Rod Taylor
  • Jan 8 Andraé Crouch, American gospel singer (The Color Purple, The Lion King), dies at 72
  • Jan 8 Richard Meade, British equestrian (3 Olympic Golds 1968, 1970), dies at 76
  • Jan 8 Curtis Lee, American singer (Pretty Little Angel Eyes), dies at 75
  • Jan 10 Robert Stone, American novelist (Dog Soldiers, WUSA), dies from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 77
  • Jan 10 Francesco Rosi, Italian film director ("The Mattei Affair" - Palme d'Or 1972), dies at 92

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Jan 11 Anita Ekberg, Swedish actress (La Dolce Vita) and Miss Sweden 1950, dies at 83

Actress Anita Ekberg
Anita Ekberg
  • Jan 12 John Bayley, English academic and writer (Iris: A Memoir of Iris Murdoch), dies at 89
  • Jan 12 Clifford Adams, American trombone player, dies at 62
  • Jan 13 Ronnie Ronalde [Ronald Charles Waldron], British entertainer and world famous whistler, dies at 91
  • Jan 13 Trevor Leonard Ward-Davies 'Dozy', English musician (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich), dies at 70
  • Jan 15 Kim Fowley, American record producer (the Runaways), dies at 75
  • Jan 19 Anne Kirkbride, English Actress (Deirdre in Coronation Street), dies of breast cancer at 60
  • Jan 20 Edgar Froese, German musician (Tangerine Dream), dies at 70
  • Jan 21 Martin Honeysett, British cartoonist (Punch, Private Eye), dies at 71
  • Jan 21 Pauline Yates, English actress (The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin), dies at 85
  • Jan 23 King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia (2005-2015), dies at 90
  • Jan 25 Demis Roussos, Greek singer, dies at 68
  • Jan 26 Tom Uren, Australian politician, Australian heritage and conservation campaigner, dies at 93
  • Jan 27 Charles Townes, American Physicist (Nobel Prize 1964 for mazer-lazer principle), dies at 99
  • Jan 28 Louise Lopez, American singer (Odyssey), dies at 81
  • Jan 29 Rod McKuen, American singer-songwriter (Jean) and poet, dies at 81
  • Jan 29 Colleen McCullough, New Zealand-born Australian author (The Thorn Birds), dies at 77

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Jan 30 Carl Djerassi, Austrian-born American chemist, father of the contraceptive pill, dies at 91

Chemist Carl Djerassi
Carl Djerassi
  • Jan 30 Geraldine McEwan, English actress (Agatha Christie's Miss Marple), dies at 82
  • Jan 30 Ezra Sims, American composer of microtonal music, dies at 88
  • Jan 31 Lizabeth Scott [Emma Matzo], American actress (Desert Fury), dies at 92
  • Jan 31 Don Covay [Donald Randolph], American R & B musician and songwriter (Chain of Fools), dies at 78
  • Jan 31 Richard von Weizsacker, German politician and 1st president of reunited Germany (1990-94), dies at 94