Historical Events in January 2005

  • Jan 1 91st Rose Bowl: #6 Texas beats #13 Michigan, 38-37
  • Jan 1 34th Fiesta Bowl: #5 Utah beats #19 Pittsburgh, 35-7

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 3 Craig Ferguson becomes the host of "The Late Late Show" on CBS

Actor & Comedian Craig Ferguson
Actor & Comedian
Craig Ferguson
  • Jan 3 71st Sugar Bowl: #3 Auburn beats #8 Virginia Tech, 16-13
  • Jan 4 7th BCS National Championship: #1 Southern California beats #2 Oklahoma, 55-19, at 71st Orange Bowl (USC would later vacate Championship)
  • Jan 5 Eris, the largest known dwarf planet in the solar system, is discovered by the team of Michael E. Brown, Chad Trujillo, and David L. Rabinowitz using images originally taken on October 21, 2003, at the Palomar Observatory.
  • Jan 6 Mississippi Civil Rights Workers Murders: Edgar Ray Killen is arrested as a suspect for the 1964 murders of three Civil Rights workers.
  • Jan 9 The signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, commonly known as the Naivasha Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement rebel group in Naivasha, Kenya.

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jan 9 Elections are held to replace Yasser Arafat as head of the Palestine Liberation Organization. He is succeeded by Rawhi Fattouh.

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 9 31st People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Julia Roberts win (Motion Picture) and Matt LeBlanc & Marg Helgenberger win (TV)

  • Jan 10 A mudslide occurs in La Conchita, California, killing 10 people, injuring many more and closing the Highway 101, the main coastal corridor between San Francisco and Los Angeles, for 10 days.
  • Jan 10 10th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: Sideways wins Best Film
  • Jan 12 Deep Impact (space mission) launches from Cape Canaveral on a Delta 2 rocket.
  • Jan 14 Landing of the Huygens probe on Saturn's moon Titan.
  • Jan 15 ESA's SMART-1 lunar orbiter discovers elements such as calcium, aluminum, silicon, iron, and other surface elements on the moon.
  • Jan 15 An intense solar flare blasts X-rays across the solar system.

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 16 62nd Golden Globes: The Aviator, Leonardo DiCaprio, & Hilary Swank win

  • Jan 16 At 66 years old, Romanian university lecturer Adriana Illiescu becomes the oldest birth mother in the world
  • Jan 18 The world's largest commercial jet, the Airbus A380, is unveiled in France
  • Jan 21 In Belmopan, Belize, the unrest over the government's new taxes erupts into riots.

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Jan 23 "Numbers", starring Rob Morrow and David Krumholtz, debuts on CBS

  • Jan 23 AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots beat Pittsburgh Steelers 41-27
  • Jan 23 NFC Championship Game: Philadelphia Eagles beat Atlanta Falcons 27-10
  • Jan 25 A stampede at the Mandher Devi temple in Mandhradevi in India kills at least 258.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 26 Condoleezza Rice is sworn in as U.S. Secretary of State, becoming the first African American woman to hold the post.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
US Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice
  • Jan 26 Glendale train crash: Two trains derail killing 11 and injuring 200 in Glendale, California, near Los Angeles.
  • Jan 29 The first direct commercial flights from the mainland China (from Guangzhou) to Taiwan since 1949 arrived in Taipei. Shortly afterwards, a China Airlines carrier landed in Beijing.
  • Jan 30 93rd Men's Australian Open: Marat Safin beats Lleyton Hewitt (1-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 30 93rd Women's Australian Open: Serena Williams beats Lindsay Davenport (2-6, 6-3, 6-0)

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • Jan 30 21st Sundance Film Festival: "Forty Shades of Blue", directed by Ira Sachs, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic