Historical Events in January 2016

  • Jan 1 Dubai skyscraper "The Address" burns as the New Year is rung in. Fire started on the 31st.
  • Jan 1 After floods along the Mississippi River kill 31, Exxon Mobil Corp decides to close a plant in flood threatened Memphis
  • Jan 2 Saudi Arabia executes 47 alleged terrorists, including Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Jan 3 Jimmy Butler breaks Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls record for points in a half, scoring 40 of his 42 points in the second half to lead the Bulls in a 115-113 victory over the Toronto Raptors

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • Jan 4 Colombo's Gemology Institute certifies world's largest ever blue star sapphire at 1404.49 carats, found in a Sri Lankan mine in August 2015
  • Jan 5 First batsman to ever score 1000 runs in a single innings in cricket - 15 year-old Mumbai schoolboy Pranav Dhanawade is 1009 not out
  • Jan 6 North Korea states that they have successfully tested a thermonuclear weapon
  • Jan 6 "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" breaks North American box office record, passing the $760.5m taken by "Avatar"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 6 Californian Governor Jerry Brown declares state of emergency over methane gas leak on outskirts of Los Angeles

Governor of California Jerry Brown
Governor of California
Jerry Brown

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 8 Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announces the recapture of drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, six months after he escaped prison

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 10 73rd Golden Globes: The Revenant, The Martian, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson win

  • Jan 13 Record Powerball lottery held in America - $1.6 billion, (3 winning tickets)
  • Jan 14 Sixth republican presidential candidates debate hosted by Fox, held in North Charleston, South Carolina
  • Jan 15 American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan unveils newest exhibit replica skeleton of a Titanosaur dinosaur (found 2010 Argentina), largest known dinosaur at 70 tons, 37m
  • Jan 15 Islamist militants attack a hotel in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso killing 28, injuring 56
  • Jan 16 First ever flower grown in space - a zinnia aboard the International Space Station using NASA Veggie system

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 17 Fourth Democratic presidential candidates debate: Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders clash over healthcare and gun control in Charleston, South Carolina

US Senator Bernie Sanders
US Senator
Bernie Sanders
Politician and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
Politician and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton
  • Jan 18 Oxfam publishes report stating world's 62 richest people as wealthy as half the world's population
  • Jan 19 China's economic growth revealed as lowest for 25 years - 6.9% in 2015

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 19 Sarah Palin officially endorses Donald Trump's presidential bid at a Trump rally in Ames, Iowa

Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Jan 22 Winter storm conditions strand 500 motorists for 24 hours on the New Jersey turnpike in Pennsylvania
  • Jan 23 Blizzard delivers record snow to 80 US states, New York 30 inches of snow. Washington 28 inches at least 15 killed
  • Jan 23 8 museum workers from Egyptian Museum, Cairo referred for prosecution for reattaching Tutankhamun's beard with inappropriate glue
  • Jan 23 Zika virus outbreak in Brazil prompts Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador and Jamaica to recommend women delay pregnancies for up to 2 years
  • Jan 24 TV drama "The X-Files" returns after 13 years, reuniting lead actors David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson and produced again by Chris Carter
  • Jan 25 British rowing eam becomes first female crew and first crew of four to cross the Pacific, San Francisco to Cairns in 257 days
  • Jan 26 Cold snap across East Asia leads to more than 50 deaths and 60,000 travellers stranded in South Korea
  • Jan 26 Leader of Oregon militia occupying Malheur wildlife refuge arrested and another killed in shoot-out with Federal agents
  • Jan 27 OnThisDay.com receives a substantial face-lift, courtesy of a fresh new website design and brand by design studio Fhoke. Dedicated history and film and television channels are launched alongside the new design.
  • Jan 28 Seventh Republican presidential candidates debate hosted by Fox, held in Des Moines, Iowa

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 30 104th Women's Australian Open: Angelique Kerber beats Serena Williams (6-4 3-6 6-4)

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • Jan 30 Boko Haram militants on motorcycles attack Dalori village near Maiduguri, Nigeria, killing at least 65 and injuring 136

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 31 104th Men's Australian Open: Novak Đoković beats Andy Murray 6-1 7-5 7-6 (7-3)

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray
  • Jan 31 "World's best chef" French-Swiss Benoît Violier found dead after apparent suicide weeks after being named world's best by La Liste