On This Day

What Happened in January 2015

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Lithuania adopts the euro as its currency, replacing the litas and becoming the 19th member of the Eurozone
  • Jan 1 Eurasian Economic Union comes into effect, creating a political and economic union between Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan
  • Jan 1 101st Rose Bowl: #2 Oregon beats #3 Florida State, 59-20 (National Championship Playoff Semi-Final)
  • Jan 1 81st Sugar Bowl: #4 Ohio State beats #1 Alabama, 42-35 (National Championship Playoff Semi-Final)

Historic Event

Jan 2 The Economist lists Daniel Kahneman as the 7th most influential economist in the world

  • Jan 3 18 people are killed after the Norwegian cargo ship MS Bulk Jupiter sinks off the coast of Vietnam
  • Jan 3 Over 2,000 people are killed in north-east Nigeria after Boko Haram militants raze the town of Baga
  • Jan 4 Gary Anderson of Scotland beats 16-time world champion Phil Taylor, 7-6 to win his first PDC World Darts Championship at the Alexandra Palace, London
  • Jan 6 Randy Johnson, Pedro Martínez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

Historic Event

Jan 7 Terrorist attack on the offices of satirical newspaper "Charlie Hebdo" in Paris kills 12 (including Jean Cabut and Stéphane Charbonnier), injures 11

Film and TV Awards

Jan 7 41st People's Choice Awards: Robert Downey & Jennifer Lawrence win (movie star), Patrick Dempsey, Ellen Pomero (TV dramatic)

  • Jan 7 A car bomb explodes in Sana'a, the capital of Yemen, killing 38 people and injuring more than 63
  • Jan 10 57 people are killed after an oil tanker collided with a passenger coach outside of Karachi, Pakistan
  • Jan 10 72 people are killed & 169 hospitalized after a mass poisoning of beer with crocodile bile at a funeral in Mozambique

Hopman Cup

Jan 10 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Poland's Agnieszka Radwańska & Jerzy Janowicz beat American pair Serena Williams & John Isner 7-5, 6-3 to clinch a 2-1 win; earlier Radwańska defeats Williams 6-4, 6-7, 6-1

  • Jan 11 Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović is elected as the first female President of Croatia

Football Awards

Jan 12 FIFA Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid & Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo wins for a 2nd consecutive time; his 3rd award overall; VfL Wolfsburg midfielder Nadine Keßler is women's award winner

  • Jan 12 College Football National Championship, AT&T Stadium, Arlington: #4 Ohio State beats #2 Oregon, 42-20
  • Jan 13 TV comedy "Schitt's Creek" created by and starring Eugene Levy and Dan Levy premieres on CBC in Canada
  • Jan 14 63 people are killed and 70,000 are left homeless after floods devastate Mozambique and Malawi
  • Jan 15 20th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: Boyhood wins Best Film
  • Jan 17 American boxer Deontay Wilder wins the WBC heavyweight championship by unanimous decision over Bermane Stiverne at MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas; Wilder first American to hold a heavyweight title since Shannon Briggs in 2007
  • Jan 18 South African batsman AB de Villiers makes fastest century in ODI cricket history from 31 balls during an innings of 149 against the West Indies in Johannesburg
  • Jan 18 AFC Championship, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough: New England Patriots beat Indianapolis Colts, 45-7

NFC Championship

Jan 18 NFC Championship, CenturyLink Field, Seattle: Seattle Seahawks beat Green Bay Packers, 28-22 (OT)

  • Jan 21 Italian fashion label Gucci names Alessandro Michele as its new creative director
  • Jan 23 Golden State guard Klay Thompson scores the most NBA points in a quarter (37) and most 3-pointers in a quarter (9) in Warrior's 126-101 win over Sacramento Kings

Royal Coronation

Jan 23 Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is crowned King of Saudi Arabia, on the death of this half-brother King Abdullah

  • Jan 25 Miss Colombia Paulina Vega is crowned Miss Universe 2014
  • Jan 25 60th NHL All-Star Game, Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH: Team Toews beats Team Foligno, 17-12; MVP: Ryan Johansen

NFL Pro Bowl

Jan 25 NFL Pro Bowl, University of Phoenix, Glendale, AZ: Team Irvin beats Team Carter, 32-28; MVPs: J. J. Watt, Houston Texans, DE; Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions, QB

  • Jan 26 Libby Lane is ordained as the first female bishop of the Church of England

Flight MH370 Disappears

Jan 29 Malaysia officially declares the disappearance of missing flight MH370 an accident

Historic Event

Jan 30 Shake Shack founded by Danny Meyer first lists on the New York stock exchange

Sports History

Jan 31 17 year old Lydia Ko of New Zealand becomes the youngest golfer in men's or women's golf history to be ranked No. 1 in the world

  • Jan 31 Sergio Mattarella is elected President of Italy
  • Jan 31 Australia defeats South Korea in football to win the 2015 AFC Asian Cup
  • Jan 31 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees: Junior Seau, Jerome Bettis, Charles Haley, Will Shields, Tim Brown, Mick Tingelhoff
  • Jan 31 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams wins 19th career Grand Slam singles title; beats arch rival Maria Sharapova of Russia 6-3, 7-6
  • Jan 31 Atlanta Hawks set a new NBA monthly win record as they move to 17-0 for January, with a 91-85 win against the Philadelphia 76ers

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 1 American singer-songwriter Ben Harper (45) weds social advocate Jaclyn Matfus

Cameron Diaz

Jan 5 American actress Cameron Diaz (42) weds Good Charlotte guitarist Benji Madden (35) at her home in Beverly Hills, California

Stephen Fry

Jan 17 Actor/comedian Stephen Fry (57) weds stand-up comedian Elliott Spencer in the Norfolk town of Dereham

  • Jan 21 "One Tree Hill" star Chad Michael Murray (33) weds actress Sarah Roemer (30)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Mario Cuomo, American Democratic Party politician and the 52nd Governor of New York (1983-95), dies of a heart condition at 82
  • Jan 1 Boris Morukov, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 64
  • Jan 1 Ninón Sevilla, Cuban-Mexican actress (Aventurera, Víctimas del Pecado), dies at 85
  • Jan 1 Donna Douglas, American actress (Elly May Clampett-The Beverly Hillbillies), dies of pancreatic cancer at 82
  • Jan 1 Omar Karami, Lebanese Prime Minister (1992-94, 2004-05), dies at 80
  • Jan 1 Jeff Golub, American jazz guitarist (Avenue Blue; Rod Stewart), dies of a rare brain disease at 59
  • Jan 2 "Little" Jimmy Dickens, American country singer (Grand Ole Opry), dies at 94
  • Jan 2 Bob Gilmore, Irish keyboard player (Trio Scordatura), educator, and musicologist (Harry Partch: A Biography), dies of cancer at 53

Edward W. Brooke

Jan 3 Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass), American politician & first popularly elected African American to the US Senate (1967-79), dies at 95

  • Jan 3 Allie Sherman, American NFL coach (Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1953-56 CFL; New York Giants 1961–68), dies at 91
  • Jan 3 Ivan Jullien, French jazz and session trumpeter and bandleader, dies at 80
  • Jan 4 Stuart Scott, American sports journalist (ESPN), dies of cancer at 49
  • Jan 4 Barbara Tizard, British educator and author, dies at 88
  • Jan 4 Stu Miller, American MLB baseball pitcher, 1952-68 (St. Louis Cardinals; New York/San Francisco Giants, and 3 other teams, dies at 87
  • Jan 6 Lance Percival, English actor and comedian (That Was The Week That Was), dies at 81
  • Jan 7 Tadeusz Konwicki, Polish writer (Bohin Manor) and film director, dies at 88

Stéphane Charbonnier

Jan 7 Stéphane Charbonnier [Charb], French cartoonist and editor of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, dies in a terrorist attack at 47

  • Jan 7 Jean Cabut [Cabu], French caricaturist (Charlie Hebdo), killed in terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo's office in Paris at 76

Rod Taylor

Jan 7 Rod Taylor, Australian actor (Time Machine, The Birds), dies at 84

  • Jan 8 Andraé Crouch, American gospel singer (The Color Purple, The Lion King), dies at 72
  • Jan 8 Richard Meade, British equestrian (3 x Olympic gold eventing 1968, 72; World C'ship gold team 1970, 82), dies from cancer at 76
  • Jan 8 Curtis Lee, American doo wop singer (Pretty Little Angel Eyes), dies at 75
  • Jan 8 Virginia "Patsy" Garrett, American singer and actress (Nanny & the Professor, Fred Waring's Pleasure Time), dies at 93
  • Jan 10 Robert Stone, American novelist (Dog Soldiers, WUSA), dies from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 77
  • Jan 10 Francesco Rosi, Italian film director ("The Mattei Affair" - Palme d'Or 1972), dies at 92
  • Jan 10 Brad Stephen "Taylor" Negron, American actor and writer (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Easy Money), dies of liver cancer at 57
  • Jan 10 Timothy Lee Drummond, American musician, dies at 74

Anita Ekberg

Jan 11 Anita Ekberg, Swedish actress (La Dolce Vita) and Miss Sweden 1950, dies at 83

  • Jan 12 John Bayley, English academic and writer (Iris: A Memoir of Iris Murdoch), dies at 89
  • Jan 12 Clifford Adams, American trombone player, dies at 62
  • Jan 13 Ronnie Ronalde [Ronald Charles Waldron], British entertainer and world-famous whistler, dies at 91
  • Jan 13 Trevor Leonard Ward-Davies 'Dozy', English musician (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich), dies at 70
  • Jan 13 Jack Hayward, British financier (Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club), dies at 91
  • Jan 13 Frank Glazer, American pianist (Satie), composer and teacher (Eastman School of Music, 1965-80), dies at 99
  • Jan 15 Kim Fowley, American record producer (the Runaways), dies at 75
  • Jan 17 Greg Plitt, American fitness model and entrepreneur, dies when hit by a train at 37
  • Jan 18 Dallas Taylor, American session drummer (Crosby, Stills & Nash, Clear Light), dies of complications from pneumonia and kidney disease at 66
  • Jan 18 Piet van der Sanden, Dutch journalist and politician (CDA), dies at 90
  • Jan 19 Anne Kirkbride, English actress (Deirdre-Coronation Street), dies of breast cancer at 60
  • Jan 20 Edgar Froese, German musician (Tangerine Dream), dies at 70
  • Jan 21 Martin Honeysett, British cartoonist (Punch, Private Eye), dies at 71
  • Jan 21 Pauline Yates, British actress (The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin), dies at 85
  • Jan 21 Leon Brittan, British politician, Home Secretary and member of the European Commission, dies at 75
  • Jan 21 Waldemar Kmentt, Austrian operatic tenor (Vienna State Opera, 1951-2005), dies at 85
  • Jan 22 Wendell Ford, American politician (Sen-D-Kentucky, 1974-1999), Governor of Kentucky (1971-74), dies at 90
  • Jan 23 King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia (2005-2015), dies at 90

Ernie Banks

Jan 23 Ernie Banks, American baseball shortstop, 1st baseman and hall of famer known as "Mr Cub" as he played all 19 of his seasons with the Chicago Cubs, dies of a heart attack at 83

  • Jan 24 Joe Franklin, American radio host, TV personality and New York institution (The Joe Franklin Show), dies of prostate cancer at 88
  • Jan 24 Toller Cranston, Canadian men's figure skater (Olympic bronze, 1976; Canadian champ, 1971-76), and painter, dies of a heart attack at 65
  • Jan 25 Demis Roussos, Greek singer and performer (Aphrodite's Child), dies from an undisclosed illness at 68
  • Jan 25 Bill Monbouquette, American MLB pitcher (3-time All Star, no-hitter 1962), dies of myeloid leukemia at 78
  • Jan 26 Tom Uren, Australian politician, Australian heritage and conservation campaigner, dies at 93
  • Jan 27 Charles Hard Townes, American Physicist and inventor (Nobel Prize 1964 for mazer-lazer principle), dies at 99
  • Jan 27 Harriet Elizabeth Byrd, American politician, Member of the Wyoming House of Representatives (1998-88), dies at 88
  • Jan 27 John T. Myers, American politician (Rep-R-IN, 1967-97), dies at 87
  • Jan 28 Louise Lopez, American disco singer (Odyssey -"Native New Yorker"; "Use It Up And Wear It Out"), dies at 81
  • Jan 29 Rodney "Rod" McKuen, American poet, singer-songwriter and actor (Jean, Alone, Beatsville), dies at 81
  • Jan 29 Colleen McCullough, Australian author (Tim, Indecent Obsession, The Thorn Birds), dies at 77
  • Jan 29 Kel Nagle, Australian golfer (British Open 1960), dies at 94

Carl Djerassi

Jan 30 Carl Djerassi, Austrian-born American chemist and father of the contraceptive pill, dies at 91

  • Jan 30 Geraldine McEwan, British actress (Agatha Christie's Miss Marple), dies at 82
  • Jan 30 Ezra Sims, American composer of microtonal music, dies at 88
  • Jan 30 Than Wyenn, American character actor (Being There, Splash, Imitation of Life), dies at 95
  • Jan 31 Lizabeth Scott [Emma Matzo], American actress (Desert Fury, Dark City), dies of heart failure at 92
  • Jan 31 Don Covay [Donald Randolph], American R & B musician and songwriter (Chain of Fools), dies at 78
  • Jan 31 Richard von Weizsacker, German politician and 1st president of reunited Germany (1990-94), dies at 94
  • Jan 31 Udo Lattek, German football striker (VfL Osnabrück) and coach (Bayern Munich, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona), dies from Parkinson's disease and dementia at 80