Historical Events in January 2009

  • Jan 1 Slovakia officially adopts the Euro currency and becomes the sixteenth Eurozone country.
  • Jan 1 61 die in nightclub fire in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Jan 1 The government of the Republic of China adopts Hanyu Pinyin as its official Chinese romanization (before this time, the most commonly used was Tongyong Pinyin.
  • Jan 1 95th Rose Bowl: #5 Southern California beats #6 Penn State, 38-24
  • Jan 1 75th Orange Bowl: #21 Virginia Tech beats #12 Cincinnati, 20-7
  • Jan 2 75th Sugar Bowl: #6 Utah beats #4 Alabama, 31-17
  • Jan 3 Israeli ground forces invade Gaza.
  • Jan 5 38th Fiesta Bowl: #3 Texas beats #10 Ohio State, 24-21
  • Jan 6 Israel begins an assault on the Gaza Strip

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Jan 7 35th People's Choice Awards: Will Smith & Reese Witherspoon win (Movie Star) and Hugh Laurie & Christina Applegate win (TV)

  • Jan 8 A 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit Costa Rica´s region of Volcan Poás, with an epicenter near Cinchona. It was caused by Varablanca-Angel fault.
  • Jan 8 14th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: Slumdog Millionaire wins Best Film
  • Jan 8 11th BCS National Championship: #2 Florida beats #1 Oklahoma, 24-14

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 11 66th Golden Globes: Slumdog Millionaire, Mickey Rourke, Kate Winslet win

Actress Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet
  • Jan 13 Global shipping experiences a drop in trade, as exports from South Korea dropping an annualised 30%, with Taiwan and Japan experiencing a 42% and 27% drop respectively
  • Jan 15 US Airways Flight 1549 makes an emergency landing into the Hudson River shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport in New York City. All passengers and crew members survive.
  • Jan 18 AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Baltimore Ravens 23-14
  • Jan 18 NFC Championship Game: Arizona Cardinals beat Philadelphia Eagles 32-25

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Jan 20 Barack Obama, inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States of America, becomes the United States' first African-American president

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama

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Jan 20 Joe Biden assumes the office of the Vice President of the United States

47th Vice President of the United States Joe Biden
47th Vice President of the United States
Joe Biden
  • Jan 23 Dendermonde nursery attack occurred in Dendermonde, Belgium.
  • Jan 23 UK officially enters recession as GDP falls by 1.5% in the last quarter of 2008 following a 0.6% drop in the third quarter, with unemployment growing by 131,000 to 1.92 million (6.1%)

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Jan 24 Pope Benedict XVI rescinds the excommunications of four bishops consecrated without papal consent in 1988 by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre.

265th Pope  Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • Jan 25 57th NHL All-Star Game: East beats West 12-11 at Montreal, Quebec
  • Jan 25 25th Sundance Film Festival: "Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • Jan 29 Rod Blagojevich, the Governor of Illinois, is removed from office after being convicted of corruption charges
  • Jan 31 In Kenya, at least 113 people are killed and over 200 injured following an oil spillage ignition in Molo, days after a massive fire at a Nakumatt supermarket in Nairobi killed at least 25 people.