What Happened on January 1, 2009

Historical Events

  • 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.

Famous Deaths

  • (Johannes Mario) J.M. Simmel, Austrian writer (It Can't Always Be Caviar), dies at 84
  • Claiborne Pell, American writer, politician (US Senator (D) from Rhode Island, 1961-97), and sponsor of education grant legislation, dies at 90
  • Edmund Purdom, British actor (The Egyptian, Asissi Underground, Pieces), dies at 84
  • Nizar Rayan, Hamas leader, killed in an airstrike at 49
2009 Highlights

About January 1, 2009

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 13 years, 9 months and 5 days
Leap Year: No

Holidays: New Year's Day (Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States)

Generation: Generation Z
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Capricorn

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) - Beyonce
  • UK #1 Song: Hallelujah - Alexandra Burke