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Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Portuguese politician and diplomat António Guterres becomes the United Nations Secretary General, replacing South Korean Ban Ki-Moon
  • Jan 2 US House Republicans vote to gut the independent Office of Congressional Ethics, a public uproar forces them to back down the next day
  • Jan 8 74th Golden Globes: "Moonlight", Casey Affleck and Isabelle Huppert win

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Derek Parfit, British philosopher who specialized in problems of personal identity, rationality and ethics, dies at 74
  • Jan 2 John Berger, English art critic and author (Ways of Seeing), dies at 90
  • Jan 3 Igor Volk, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz T-12) and test pilot, dies at 79
  • Jan 4 Georges Prêtre, French conductor known for interpretation, dies at 92
  • Jan 4 Milt Schmidt, Canadian NHL Hall of Fame center and coach (Boston Bruins), dies at 98

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 7 Mário Soares, 17th President of Portugal (1986-96) and Prime Minister (1976-78 and 1983-85), dies at 92

President of Portugal Mário Soares
President of Portugal
Mário Soares
  • Jan 8 Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, 4th President of Iran (1989-97) and de facto commander-in-chief of the Iranian military during the Iran-Iraq War, dies of a heart attack at 82
  • Jan 16 Eugene Cernan, American NASA astronaut (12th person on the moon), dies at 82