Historical Events in January 2008

  • 1st A New Hampshire law legalizing civil unions for same-sex couples comes into effect.
  • 1st Malta and Cyprus officially adopt the Euro currency and become the fourteenth and fifteenth Eurozone countries.
  • 1st 94th Rose Bowl: #6 Southern California beats #13 Illinois, 49-17
  • 1st 74th Sugar Bowl: #5 Georgia beats #10 Hawai'i, 41-10
  • 2nd 37th Fiesta Bowl: #11 West Virginia beats #3 Oklahoma, 48-28
  • 3rd 74th Orange Bowl: #8 Kansas beats #5 Virginia Tech, 24-21
  • 7th 13th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: No Country for Old Men wins Best Film
  • 7th 10th BCS National Championship: #2 LSU beats #1 Ohio State, 38-24
  • 8th New Jersey officially apologizes for slavery, becoming the first Northern state to do so.

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

8th 34th People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Reese Witherspoon win (Movie Star) and Patrick Dempsey & Katherine Heigl win (TV)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

8th Joe Gibbs retires, for the second time, as head coach of the Washington Redskins

NFL Head Coach Joe Gibbs
NFL Head Coach
Joe Gibbs

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

13th 65th Golden Globes (announced): Atonement, Daniel Day-Lewis, & Julie Christie win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

18th The United Nations announce George Clooney as a UN messenger of peace

  • 20th AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots beat San Diego Chargers 21-12
  • 20th NFC Championship Game: New York Giants beat Green Bay Packers 23-20 (OT)
  • 21st Black Monday in worldwide stock markets. FTSE 100 had its biggest ever one-day points fall, European stocks closed with their worst result since 9/11, and Asian stocks drop as much as 15%.
  • 21st The Eyak language in Alaska becomes extinct as its last native speaker dies.
  • 27th 96th Men's Australian Open: Novak Đoković beats Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6)

Sport awardTennis Open

27th 96th Women's Australian Open: Maria Sharapova beats Ana Ivanovic (7-5, 6-3)

Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova
  • 27th 56th NHL All-Star Game: East beats West 8-7 at Atlanta, Georgia
  • 27th 24th Sundance Film Festival: "Frozen River", directed by Courtney Hunt, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic