- 61 die in nightclub fire in Bangkok, Thailand.
- 75th Orange Bowl: #21 Virginia Tech beats #12 Cincinnati, 20-7
- 95th Rose Bowl: #5 Southern California beats #6 Penn State, 38-24
- Slovakia officially adopts the Euro currency and becomes the sixteenth Eurozone country.
- 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.
Day of the Week: Thursday