On This Day

What Happened in January 2016

Historical Events

  • 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
  • Jan 3 Jimmy Butler breaks Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls record for points in an NBA half, scoring 40 of his 42 points in the second half to lead the Bulls in a 115-113 victory over the Toronto Raptors
  • Jan 3 Scotsman Gary Anderson retains his PDC World Darts Championship beating Adrian Lewis of England, 7-5 at the Alexandra Palace, London
  • 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 conducted their fourth nuclear test, saying it was a hydrogen bomb in a claim disputed by most international experts

Music History

Jan 6 "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" breaks North American box office record, passing the $760.5M taken by "Avatar"

Historic Event

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

El Chapo Finally Recaptured

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

Album Release

Jan 8 ISO/Columbia Records/Sony Music release David Bowie's 26th and final studio album "Blackstar" on his 69th birthday; enters charts in US and UK at #1

  • Jan 9 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Australian Nick Kyrgios beats Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 6-3, 6-4 for an unassailable 2-0 lead and the home nation's second title

Golden Globes

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

Football Awards

Jan 11 FIFA Ballon d'Or: Barcelona forward Lionel Messi wins his record 5th award with 41.33% of the votes; American midfielder Carli Lloyd is Women's World Player of the Year

  • Jan 11 College Football National Championship, University of Phoenix Stadium: #2 Alabama beats #1 Clemson, 45-40
  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • Jan 18 World's 62 richest people are now as wealthy as half the world's population according to a report published by Oxfam
  • Jan 19 China's economic growth revealed as lowest for 25 years - 6.9% in 2015

Historic Event

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

  • Jan 22 Winter storm conditions strand 500 motorists for 24 hours in Somerset and Bedford counties, about 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, on the Pennsylvania Turnpike
  • Jan 23 Category 5 blizzard delivers record 3ft of snow to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast US, killing 55 and incurring estimated $500m - $3bn economic losses

Historic Event

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 24 AFC Championship, Mile High Stadium, Denver, CO: Denver Broncos beat New England Patriots, 20-18
  • Jan 24 NFC Championship, Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC: Carolina Panthers beat Arizona Cardinals, 49-15
  • Jan 25 British rowing team 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 On This Day receives its second 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

Australian Open Women's Tennis

Jan 30 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Angelique Kerber of Germany wins her first major title; beats Serena Williams 6-4, 3-6, 6-4

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

Australian Men's Tennis Open

Jan 31 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković retains Championship for his record-equaling 6th Australian title; beats Andy Murray 6-1, 7-5, 7-6

  • 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
  • Jan 31 61st NHL All Star Games, Bridgestone Centre, Nashville, TN: Pacific Division All Stars win four-team 3-on-3 tournament; MVP: John Scott, San Jose, LW
  • Jan 31 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: Team Irvin beats Team Rice, 49-27; MVPs: Russell Wilson, Seattle, QB; Michael Bennett, Seattle, DE

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 8 American country music singer Colton Dixon (24) weds longtime love Annie Coggeshall in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Jan 16 Actress and singer Jamie-Lynn Sigler (35) weds baseball player Cutter Dykstra (53) in Palm Springs, California
  • Jan 19 "Ghajini" actress Asin Thottumkal (30) weds Micromax co-founder Rahul Sharma in India
  • Jan 30 Singer-songwriter Kimberley Walsh (34) weds Triple 8 former member Justin Scott at St James Parish Church in Barbados

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Fazu Aliyeva, Russian poet, novelist and journalist who helped develop Dagestani in Russian literature, dies from heart failure at 83
  • Jan 1 Michael G. Oxley, American politician (Rep-R-OH, 1981-2007), dies at 71
  • Jan 1 Dale Bumpers, American politician (Sen-D Arkansas, 1975-99), dies at 90
  • Jan 1 Vilmos Zsigmond, Hungarian-born American cinematographer (Close Encounters of the Third Kind), dies at 85
  • Jan 2 Marcel Barbeau, Canadian abstract artist, dies at 90
  • Jan 2 Nimr al-Nimr, Saudi Shiite religious leader & non-violent critic of the Saudi Arabian government, executed by the Saudi authorities aged 56 or 57
  • Jan 4 Robert Stigwood, Australian-British music entrepreneur (RSO Records), stage (Jesus Christ Superstar) and film (Saturday Night Fever; Grease; Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band) producer,, dies at 81
  • Jan 4 Michel Galabru, French actor (Judge & the Assassin), dies at 93
  • Jan 5 Elizabeth Swados, American theater composer playwright (Runaways), and author, dies from complications after surgery for esophageal cancer at 64
  • Jan 5 Pierre Boulez, French composer (La Visage Nuptial), conductor (BBC Symphony, 1970-77; New York Philharmonic, 1971-77), and new music advocate (IRCAM, Ensemble intercontemporain)dies at 90
  • Jan 5 Nicholas Caldwell, American R&B and soul singer (The Whispers - "And The Baet Goes On"; "It's A Love Thing"), dies of congestive heart failure at 71
  • Jan 6 Pat Harrington Jr, American actor (Danny Thomas Show, One Day at a Time), dies at 86
  • Jan 6 Alfredo "Chocolate" Armenteros, Cuban jazz trumpeter (Orchestra Harlow; Eddie Palmieri), dies of prostate cancer at 79 
  • Jan 7 Troy Shondell, American singer (This Time (We’re Really Breaking Up)), dies from complications of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease at 76
  • Jan 7 André Courrèges, French fashion designer, dies at 92
  • Jan 7 Kitty Kallen, American singer ("Little Things Mean a Lot"), dies at 94
  • Jan 8 Maria Teresa de Filippis, Italian racing car driver (first woman to complete in Formula One), dies at 89
  • Jan 9 Ed Stewart, British DJ and broadcaster (Crackerjack), dies of a stroke at 74

David Bowie

Jan 10 David Bowie [Jones], English rock singer-songwriter ("Space Oddity"; "Changes"; "Ziggy Stardust"; "Heroes"), mime, and actor (Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence; Labyrinth), dies of cancer at 69

  • Jan 11 Gilberto Mendes, Brazilian composer, dies at 93
  • Jan 11 Monty Irvin, American Baseball HOF outfielder (4 x NgL All-Star, NgL World Series 1946 Newark Eagles; MLB All-Star 1952, World Series 1954 NY Giants), dies at 96
  • Jan 13 Brian Bedford, English actor (Anthony-Coronet Blue), dies at 80

Alan Rickman

Jan 14 Alan Rickman, English actor (Die Hard, Harry Potter franchise), dies of cancer at 69

  • Jan 14 René Angélil, Canadian music executive, actor and director (Omertà, L'apparition), and husband of Céline Dion, dies of throat cancer at 73
  • Jan 15 Dan Haggerty, American actor (Grizzly Adams), dies of cancer at 73
  • Jan 15 Noreen Corcoran, American actress (Bachelor Father), dies at 72
  • Jan 16 Gary Loizzo, American rock guitarist and singer (American Breed - "Bend Me, Shape Me"), dies of pancreatic cancer at 70
  • Jan 17 Mic Gillette, American trumpet, trombone, and flugelhorn player (Tower of Power, Cold Blood, The Sons of Champlin), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • Jan 17 Dale "Buffin" Griffin, English rock drummer (Mott The Hoople - "All Young Dudes"), dies at 67

Glenn Frey

Jan 18 Glenn Frey, American Grammy Award-winning guitarist, singer-songwriter (The Eagles - "Take it Easy"; "Heartache Tonight";"Tequila Sunrise"; solo - "Smuggler's Blues"; "The Heat Is On"), and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame member, dies from complications of rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia at 67

  • Jan 18 Michel Tournier, French writer (Friday, or, The Other Island), dies at 91
  • Jan 18 Johnny Bach, American basketball coach (Fordham Uni, Penn State Uni; NBA C'ship 1991-93 Chicago Bulls assistant coach), dies at 91
  • Jan 19 Ettore Scola, Italian director and screenwriter (A Special Day), dies at 84
  • Jan 20 George Weidenfeld, British publisher (Weidenfeld & Nicolson), dies at 96
  • Jan 20 David G. Hartwell, American editor and anthologist, dies at 74
  • Jan 21 Bill Johnson, alpine skier (first American to win alpine Olympic gold - 1984), dies at 55
  • Jan 22 Cecil Parkinson, British politician (C), dies at 84
  • Jan 22 Anthony Simmons, British writer and film director (The Optimists of Nine Elms), dies at 93
  • Jan 23 Jack Bannister, English cricket commentator (BBC; Talksport radio) and bowler (Warwickshire 1,198 wickets), dies at 85
  • Jan 23 Bobby Wanzer, American basketball guard (NBA All-Star 1952–56; Rochester Royals) and coach (NBA All-Star Game 1957), dies at 94
  • Jan 23 Walt "No-Neck" Williams, American professional baseball player (White Sox), dies at 72
  • Jan 24 Yvonne Chouteau, Native American dancer (one of the "five Moons" of Oklahoma), dies at 86
  • Jan 24 Marvin Minsky, American artificial intelligence computer scientist (MIT), dies at 88
  • Jan 25 Concepcion Picciotto, American peace activist (longest political protest in US history, outside The White House), dies at 80
  • Jan 25 Denise Duval, French soprano (music of Francis Poulenc), dies at 94
  • Jan 25 Leif Solberg, Norwegian organist, choral conductor and composer, dies at 101
  • Jan 25 Frank Collett [Taglieri], American jazz pianist and bandleader, dies of liver failure at 75
  • Jan 26 Abe Vigoda, American actor (Barney Miller, The Godfather), dies at 94
  • Jan 26 Colin Vearncombe, British singer-songwriter (Black - "Wonderful Life"), dies from injuries in a car accident at 53
  • Jan 27 Artur Fischer, German Inventor with more patents than Edison, dies at 96
  • Jan 28 Paul Kantner, American rock singer and guitarist (Jefferson Airplane - "Volunteers"), dies following a heart attack at 74
  • Jan 28 Signe Toly Anderson, American singer, founding member of Jefferson Airplane, dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 74
  • Jan 29 Jacques Rivette, French New Wave film director (The Beautiful Troublemaker), dies at 87
  • Jan 29 Aurèle Nicolet, Swiss flautist (Berlin Philharmonic), and educator, dies at 90
  • Jan 29 Alden Ashforth, American composer and professor of ethnomusicology, dies at 82
  • Jan 30 Frank Finlay, British actor (Bouquet of Barbed Wire), dies at 89
  • Jan 30 Ken Sailors, professional basketball player (popularized and may have invented the jump shot), dies at 95
  • Jan 31 Terry Wogan, British broadcaster (Eurovision Song Contest, Blankety Blank), dies of cancer at 77