What Happened in January 2017

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 1 Portuguese politician and diplomat António Guterres becomes United Nations Secretary General, replacing South Korean Ban Ki-moon

Prime Minister of Portugal and Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres
Prime Minister of Portugal and Secretary-General of the United Nations
António Guterres
8th Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon
8th Secretary-General of the United Nations
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

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Jan 6 Elizabeth Warren announces her intention to run for a second term as Massachusetts Senator

US Senator Elizabeth Warren
US Senator
Elizabeth Warren

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 8 74th Golden Globes: "Moonlight", Casey Affleck and Isabelle Huppert win

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Jan 12 US President Barack Obama in surprise presentation awards Vice President Joe Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom

47th Vice President of the United States Joe Biden
47th Vice President of the United States
Joe Biden
44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama

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Jan 17 US President Barack Obama commutes WikiLeaks discloser Chelsea Manning's prison sentence from 35 to 7 years

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Jan 17 Nigerian military mistakely bomb refugee camp killing more than 70 in Rann, Borno state
  • Jan 17 Search for missing aircraft MH370 over the Indian Ocean is called off

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 18 Baseball Hall of Fame adds Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines
  • Jan 18 NASA and NOAA announce that 2016 was the hottest year on record, surpassing the previous record set in 2015 which itself topped a record set in 2014
  • Jan 19 Adama Barrow sworn in as President of Gambia in Dahkar as Senegalese troops enter Gambia to persuade former President Yahya Jammeh to leave
  • Jan 19 High-rise building collapses in Tehran, killing 20 firefighters

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Jan 20 Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America and Mike Pence as the 48th Vice President

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
48th Vice President of the United States Mike Pence
48th Vice President of the United States
Mike Pence
  • Jan 20 Car ploughs into pedestrians in central Melbourne, killing 6 and injuring 27
  • Jan 21 More than 2 million people protest worldwide in the 'Women's March' against Donald Trump, with 500,000 marching in Washington D.C.
  • Jan 22 Chile declares a State of Emergency and requests international assistance as wildfires rage out of control

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Jan 22 Jared Kushner is sworn in as Senior Advisor to the President, Donald Trump

Son-in-law and Adviser to Donald Trump Jared Kushner
Son-in-law and Adviser to Donald Trump
Jared Kushner
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Jan 23 Thunderstorms and tornadoes in Georgia and Mississippi leave at least 18 dead in the US
  • Jan 23 Bernie Ecclestone removed as Formula One boss as Liberty Media completes $8 billion takeover
  • Jan 23 Most expensive house in the US worth $250 million goes on the market in Bel Air, Los Angeles
  • Jan 25 Kisenosato becomes the 1st Japanese home-grown sumo champion since 1998 when he is made yokozuna, 72nd Grand Champion
  • Jan 27 Donald Trump issues executive order banning travel to the US for 7 mostly Muslim countries and suspending admission for refugees

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 28 105th Women's Australian Open: Serena Williams defeats Venus Williams 6–4, 6–4, becomes player with most wins in major tournaments (39) in open era

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams
  • Jan 28 US President Donald Trump and Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull have a contentious phone call over deal for US to take 1,250 refugees
  • Jan 29 Attack on mosque in Quebec kills 6 and injures 17, shooter is French-Canadian student
  • Jan 29 105th Men's Australian Open: Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal 6–4, 3–6, 6–1, 3–6, 6–3 to win his 18th Grand Slam
  • Jan 30 Scientists in central China reveal oldest known human ancestor - 540-million-year-old Saccorhytus in a fossil
  • Jan 31 Romanian government passes emergency decree to release prisoners and decriminalise corruption charges, triggering huge protests in Bucharest
  • Jan 31 US President Donald Trump fires Attorney General Sally Yates after she instructs Justice Department officials not to defend Trump's travel ban

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 8 "Dancing with the stars" pro Louis Van Amstel (44) weds health coach Joshua Lancaster in Utah

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

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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 8 Roy Innis, American activist, leader of the Congress of Racial Equality, dies at 82
  • Jan 8 Peter Sarstedt, British musician (Where do you go to my lovely), dies at 75
  • Jan 9 Zygmunt Bauman, Polish-born sociologist (Modernity and the Holocaust), dies at 91
  • Jan 10 Tony Rosato, Italian-born Canadian comedian (SCTV, Saturday Night Live), dies at 63
  • Jan 10 Buddy Greco, American jazz singer (Away We Go, Broadway Open House), dies at 90
  • Jan 10 Oliver Smithies, British biochemist (2007 Noble Prize for gene targeting), dies at 91
  • Jan 10 Steven McDonald, New York City Police Department patrolman who was shot and paralyzed in the line of duty, dies at 59
  • Jan 13 Dick Gautier, American stage and screen actor (Get Smart, Bye Bye Birdie), dies at 85

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Jan 13 William Peter Blatty, American scriptwriter and author of The Exorcist, dies at 89

Writer & Filmmaker William Peter Blatty
Writer & Filmmaker
William Peter Blatty
  • Jan 13 Anthony Armstrong-Jones [Lord Snowdon], British photographer and ex-husband of Princess Margaret, dies at 86
  • Jan 14 Zhou Youguang [Zhou Yaoping], Chinese language scholar (father of pinyin), dies at 111
  • Jan 16 Eugene Cernan, American NASA astronaut (12th person on the moon), dies at 82
  • Jan 18 Roberta Peters, American operatic soprano (NY Met), dies at 86
  • Jan 18 Rachel Heyhoe Flint, English cricket player and journalist, dies at 77
  • Jan 19 Miguel Ferrer, American actor (Robocop, NCIS LA), dies of cancer at 61
  • Jan 19 H. Boyd Woodruff, American microbiologist whose research led to antibiotics, dies at 99
  • Jan 21 Emma Tennant, English writer (Pemberley: Or, Pride and Prejudice Continued), dies at 79
  • Jan 21 Maggie Roche, American singer-songwriter (Roches), dies of cancer at 65
  • Jan 21 Veljo Tormis, Estonian composer, dies at 86
  • Jan 23 Gorden Kaye, British actor (Allo Allo), dies at 75
  • Jan 23 Lee O’Denat, American internet entrepreneur (WorldStarHipHop.com), dies of heart disease at 43
  • Jan 23 Bobby Freeman, American singer (Do You Want to Dance), dies at 76
  • Jan 24 Butch Trucks, American drummer (the Allman Brothers), dies at 69

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Jan 25 Mary Tyler Moore, American actress (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Ordinary People), dies at 80

  • Jan 25 John Hurt, English actor (Elephant Man, Alien, Midnight Express), dies at 77
  • Jan 25 Robert Garcia, American politician hit by Wedtech scandal (Rep-D-NY, 1978-83), dies at 84
  • Jan 25 Buchi Emecheta, Nigerian English writer (Price of Bride), dies at 72
  • Jan 26 Barbara Hale, American actress (Della Street in Perry Mason), dies at 94
  • Jan 26 Mike Connors, [Krekor Ohanian], American actor (Mannix), dies at 91
  • Jan 27 Emmanuelle Riva, French actress (Hiroshima Mon Amour), dies at 89
  • Jan 31 John Wetton, British rock vocalist and bassist (Asia, King Crimson), dies of cancer at 67
  • Jan 31 Deke [Roger] Leonard, Welsh rock musician (Man), dies at 72