January 1, 2009 in History

Day of the Week: Thursday

Events in History

  • 61 die in nightclub fire in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • 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.

Deaths in History

  • Claiborne Pell, U.S. senator (b. 1918)
  • Nizar Rayan, Hamas leader (b. 1962)