January 2014 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 Michael van Gerwen defeats Peter Wright to win the 2014 PDC World Darts Championship
  • Jan 2 30 people are killed after a bus plunges off a cliff and falls 400 ft in Malshej Ghat, India

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 2 Raul Castro gives a speech commemorating the 55th anniversary of the Cuban revolution and warns of "neo-liberal and neo-colonial thinking" entering the country

President of Cuba Raúl Castro
President of Cuba
Raúl Castro
  • Jan 3 Cambodian garment workers go on strike demanding a wage increase
  • Jan 4 14 people are killed after a three-story building construction site collapses in Goa, India
  • Jan 6 Truce begins between Free Syrian Army and forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in northern Damascus
  • Jan 7 Sheikh Hasina wins the general election in Bangladesh
  • Jan 9 5 people are killed in a Mitsubishi Materials chemical plant, Yokkaichi, Japan
  • Jan 9 Taliban suicide car bomb assassinates senior police officer Chaudhry Aslam and kills three others in Pakistan, Pakistan
  • Jan 12 Stephen Bunting and Lisa Ashton win the 2014 BDO World Darts Championship
  • Jan 13 14 people are killed and 7 are injured after an explosion in an illegal gambling hall in Kaili City, China
  • Jan 14 American journalist David Satter is expelled from Russia
  • Jan 17 21 people are killed in a suicide bombing in a restaurant in Kabul, Afghanistan
  • Jan 20 Credit cards of at least 20 million South Koreans are hacked
  • Jan 22 Water vapour is detected on the dwarf planet Ceres
  • Jan 26 21 people are killed after a tourist boat capsizes off the Andaman and Nicobar Islands
  • Jan 28 Peter Cosgrove is named the next Governor-General of Australia
  • Jan 28 DNA analysis confirms that the 6th C Plague of Justinian was caused by a variant of Yersinia pestis (the same bacteria for the Black Death)
  • Jan 29 Archaeologists discover the oldest Roman Temple (6th C BC) at Sant’Omobono
  • Jan 29 Scientists discover how to convert normal cells into stem cells in mice
  • Jan 29 Bohuslav Sobotka becomes Prime Minister of the Czech Republic
  • Jan 30 24 hostages are killed after 6 suicide bombers temporarily take over the Iraqi Ministry of Transportation in Baghdad

Weddings in History

  • Jan 4 Actor Justin Bartha (35) weds personal trainer Lia Smith in Oahu, Hawaii

Deaths in History

  • Jan 2 Elizabeth Jane Howard, English novelist, dies at 90
  • Jan 9 Dale T. Mortensen, American economist and Nobel laureate, dies at 74
  • Jan 11 Ariel Sharon, Israeli politician and general, dies from heart failure at 85
  • Jan 14 Juan Gelman, Argentine poet, dies at 84
  • Jan 29 Ashutosh Mahara, Indian spiritual leader and founder of the Divine Light Awakening Mission, which claims 30 million followers, dies at 68