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.

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

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

NFL Head Coach Joe Gibbs
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Joe Gibbs

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

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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 Djokovic beats Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6)

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

Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
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  • 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