What Happened on January 1, 2015

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • 101st Rose Bowl: #2 Oregon beats #3 Florida State, 59-20 (National Championship Playoff Semi-Final)
  • 81st Sugar Bowl: #4 Ohio State beats #1 Alabama, 42-35 (National Championship Playoff Semi-Final Game)
  • Eurasian Economic Union comes into effect, creating a political and economic union between Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan
  • Lithuania adopts the euro as its currency, replacing the litas and becoming the 19th member of the Eurozone

Famous Weddings

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

Famous Deaths

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