On This Day

What Happened in January 2018

Historical Events


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Jan 1 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says recent unrest "is nothing" after 30 people killed in 5 days of anti government demonstrations

President of Iran Hassan Rouhani
President of Iran
Hassan Rouhani
  • Jan 1 California becomes largest US state to legalise cannabis for recreational use
  • Jan 1 Initiative of 300 Hollywood women called "Time's Up" announced to fight sexual harassment
  • Jan 1 Japanese actress and former porn star Sora Aoi announces her engagement
  • Jan 1 World Darts Championship: Retiring 16-time title holder Phil Taylor loses 7-2 to fellow Englishman Rob Cross in the Final at the Alexandra Palace, London.
  • Jan 1 16-time world darts champion Phil Taylor loses, 7-2 to fellow Englishman Rob Cross in the final of his last World Championship in London
  • Jan 2 Bus crash in Pasamayo, Peru, kills 51 on notorious "Devil's Curve" road
  • Jan 2 WHO reveals it will classify gaming addiction as mental health condition in its next Classification of Diseases
  • Jan 2 Storm Eleanor forms near Ireland then sweeps across the UK and Western Europe in next few days
  • Jan 3 Security expert reveal two security flaws, Meltdown and Spectre which affect most microprocessors

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Jan 3 Lawyers of US President Donald Trump try to stop the publication of book on Trump's administration "Fire and Fury" by Michael Wolff

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Jan 3 Previously unknown ancient Beringians group of people unearthed in Alaska, earliest known Native Americans at 11,500 years old
  • Jan 3 First bionic hand with a sense of touch, for use outside a lab unveiled in Rome
  • Jan 3 Landslide and flooding caused by heavy rains in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, kills at least 37
  • Jan 4 Truck hits a train near Kroonstad city, South Africa killing 19 passengers
  • Jan 4 'Bomb Cyclone' hits US Northeast prompting flooding and snow in New York subway system

  • Jan 4 Liverpool and Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah is named African Football Player of the Year
  • Jan 5 North Korea accepts South Korean invitation for high-level talks
  • Jan 5 Kitwe in Zambia bans shaking hands and the sale of fresh food in attempt to prevent a cholera outbreak
  • Jan 5 "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" by Michael Wolff is published by Henry Holt and Company
  • Jan 6 Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota scores a touchdown off own pass in 22-21 victory over Kansas City Chiefs, second NFL quarterback to do so
  • Jan 6 Oil tanker Sanchi collides with a freighter off the coast of Shanghai with 32 probable deaths
  • Jan 6 Jon Gruden returns to the NFL as Oakland Raiders head coach after nearly a decade of broadcasting (ESPN Monday Night Football 2009-17)

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Jan 6 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Swiss pair Roger Federer & Belinda Bencic clinch 2-1 win over Germany; beat Angelique Kerber & Alexander Zverev 4-3, 4-2; Switzerland's 3rd event success

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

Jan 7 75th Golden Globes: "Ladybird", "The Handmaid's Tale", Elisabeth Moss, Sterling K. Brown among the winners, Oprah Winfrey accepts Lifetime award with powerful speech

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey
Talk show host
Oprah Winfrey
Actor Joseph Fiennes
Actor
Joseph Fiennes
Actress Elisabeth Moss
Actress
Elisabeth Moss
  • Jan 7 Sydney, Australia has its hottest day for 80 years as Penrith reaches 47.3 degrees
  • Jan 7 It snows in the Sahara desert - 15 inches reported in Aïn Séfra, Northwest Algeria
  • Jan 8 US record year for cost of natural disasters announced - $306 billion in 2017
  • Jan 8 Self-declared republic of Somaliland passes its first ever law against rape
  • Jan 8 College Football National Championship, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta: #4 Alabama beats #3 Georgia, 26-23
  • Jan 9 Former White House strategist Steve Bannon leaves Breitbart News after his criticism of the White House in "Fire and the Fury" book
  • Jan 9 The first same-sex marriages take place in Australia after legislation passed a month ago
  • Jan 9 President Trump cancels program allowing 200,000 San Salvadoreans temporary status to live in the US
  • Jan 9 Mudslides sweep away 100 houses in Montecito, California, killing at least 20, on land stripped bare by recent fires

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Jan 10 Jeff Bezos becomes the second man worth over $100 billion as his wealth hits $106 billion due to a rise in Amazon's share price

Amazon Entrepreneur Jeff Bezos
Amazon Entrepreneur
Jeff Bezos

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Jan 11 YouTube issues sanctions against vlogger Logan Paul after he posted footage of suicide victim's body in Japan in December

YouTube Star and Actor Logan Paul
YouTube Star and Actor
Logan Paul
CEO of YouTube Susan Wojcicki
CEO of YouTube
Susan Wojcicki

  • Jan 11 In China's first significant #MeToo moment Beihang University in Beijing fires a professor for sexual misconduct
  • Jan 11 US President Donald Trump causes worldwide controversy when it is reported he called African countries "shitholes" during immigration meeting
  • Jan 13 Early-morning ballistic missile alert sent across Hawaii in error, revoked after 38 minutes

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Jan 13 Actor Mark Wahlberg donates his $1.5m reshoot fee "All the Money in the World" to "Time's Up" movement after revelation co-star Michelle Williams only paid $1000

Actor & Former Rapper Mark Wahlberg
Actor & Former Rapper
Mark Wahlberg
Actress Michelle Williams
Actress
Michelle Williams
  • Jan 13 Chelsea Manning, former soldier responsible for Wikileaks announces her bid to run for US Senate
  • Jan 15 Fashion photographers Mario Testino and Bruce Weber are suspended from magazines including Vogue, after allegations of sexual harassment in "The New York Times"
  • Jan 15 Protests against the current government turn violent in Tunis, Tunisia marking the seventh anniversary of the revolution

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Jan 15 US Olympic gold medal winning gymnast Simone Biles says she is one of more than 130 women sexually abused by former team doctor Larry Nassar

Gymnast Simone Biles
Gymnast
Simone Biles
  • Jan 15 Operation in El Junquito, Venezuela, to capture terrorist group including Oscar Pérez, accused of mounting a coup, ends in 4 deaths
  • Jan 15 Romanian Social Democrat (PSD) Prime Minister Mihai Tudose resigns after 7 months in office

BeatificationPapal Visit

Jan 15 Pope Francis arrives in Chile for a three-day visit amid child sexual abuse claims against church clergy

  • Jan 18 First drone rescue of swimmers by lifeguards in New South Wales, Australia
  • Jan 18 Brazilian surfer Maya Gabeira rides the largest-ever wave by a female surfer at 20.72 m (68 ft) at Praia do Norte in Nazaréin, Portugal
  • Jan 21 NFC Championship, Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia: Philadelphia Eagles beat Minnesota Vikings, 38-7
  • Jan 21 Gambian Dictator Yahya Jammeh finally concedes office and leaves Gambia 2 months after losing the presidential election
  • Jan 21 AFC Championship, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough: New England Patriots beat Jacksonville Jaguars, 24-20
  • Jan 22 US government ends three-day shutdown after an agreement in Congress to extend funding

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Jan 22 New Orleans Pelicans' DeMarcus Cousins has 44 points, 24 rebounds & 10 assists in 132-128 double-OT win over Chicago Bulls; 1st player since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1972) with 40+ points, 20+ rebounds & 10+ assists

  • Jan 22 Netflix becomes the largest digital media and entertainment company in the world worth $100 billion

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Jan 23 Singer Neil Diamond retires after being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease

Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond
Singer-songwriter
Neil Diamond
  • Jan 23 Twelve camels disqualified from the King Abdulaziz Camel beauty contest, Saudi Arabia after their owners used botox on their lips
  • Jan 23 Chinese researchers report they have cloned two monkeys, using the same technology as Dolly the Sheep

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Jan 23 LeBron James becomes the 7th and youngest (33 years 24 days) to reach the 30,000 NBA point milestone during 114-102 loss to San Antonio Spurs

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James
  • Jan 24 Former US Olympic team doctor Larry Nassar found guilty of molesting over 150 girls, sentenced up to 175 years in prison
  • Jan 24 UK charity Presidents Club forced to close after revelations of sexual harassment at event revealed by the "Financial Times"
  • Jan 25 Doomsday clock moved by 30 seconds to 2 minutes to midnight by Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, closest since 1950s
  • Jan 25 Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi asked "are there any bookshops in Nigeria?" in controversial French interview
  • Jan 26 Residents left without heat in -27C in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan after boiler breaks in main power station
  • Jan 27 Bomb in an ambulance kills over 100 people in Kabul, Taliban claim responsibility
  • Jan 27 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Caroline Wozniacki beats Simona Halep 7-6, 3-6, 6-4 to win her first Grand Slam title

Music awardsGrammy Awards

Jan 28 60th Grammy Awards: Bruno Mars wins Best Song "That's What I Like," and Best Album "24K Magic"

Singer Bruno Mars
Singer
Bruno Mars
  • Jan 28 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Marin Čilic 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 to win his record 20th Grand Slam title
  • Jan 28 Seven survivors from missing Kiribati ferry carrying 100 people rescued after week at sea
  • Jan 28 French drivers Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia win their 6th Monte Carlo Rally in an M-Sport Ford WRT
  • Jan 28 63rd NHL All Star Games, Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL: Pacific Division All Stars win four-team, 3-on-3 tournament; MVP: Brock Boeser, Vancouver Canucks, RW
  • Jan 28 NFL Pro Bowl, Orlando, FL: AFC beats NFC, 24-23; MVPs: Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans, TE; Von Miller, Denver Broncos, LB
  • Jan 29 F.B.I deputy director Andrew G. McCabe steps down from office
  • Jan 29 Cleveland Indians announce they will remove Chief Wahoo logo from uniforms in 2019
  • Jan 29 David Beckham launches a Major League Soccer team in Miami

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jan 29 Marvel film "Black Panther" directed by Ryan Coogler and starring Chadwick Boseman premieres in Los Angeles

Actor Chadwick Boseman
Actor
Chadwick Boseman
Comic-Book Artist and Marvel Creative Leader Stan Lee
Comic-Book Artist and Marvel Creative Leader
Stan Lee
  • Jan 29 Toronto police arrest landscaper Bruce McArthur for murder after remains of at least 5 people found in potted plants
  • Jan 30 Houston forward James Harden puts up highest scoring triple-double in NBA history (60 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists) as the Rockets beat Orlando Magic, 114-107 in Houston
  • Jan 31 trump administration formally suspends the Clean Water Act
  • Jan 31 Houston guard James Harden becomes first player in NBA history to log a 60-point triple-double with 60 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists, 4 steals and a block in Rockets' 114-107 win over Orlando Magic

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 3 Actress Ellen Page reveals she has married dancer Emma Portner

Actress Ellen Page
Actress
Ellen Page

LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 8 Singer Ricky Martin reveals he has married Jwan Yosef

Singer/Actor Ricky Martin
Singer/Actor
Ricky Martin

LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 9 Swimmer and 12-time Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte weds model Kayla Rae Reid in Florida

Swimmer Ryan Lochte
Swimmer
Ryan Lochte

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 John V Tunney, American politician (Rep/Sen-D-California), dies of prostate cancer at 83
  • Jan 1 Robert Mann, American composer & violinist (String Quartet 1952), dies at 97
  • Jan 2 Thomas Monson, 16th president of the (Mormon) Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dies at 90
  • Jan 3 Bra Willie [Keorapetse Kgositsile], South African poet & political activist (Point of Departure: Fire Dance Fire Song), dies at 79
  • Jan 4 Ray Thomas, English rock vocalist and flautist (Moody Blues-Legend Of A Mind), dies at 76
  • Jan 5 John Young, American astronaut and 9th person to walk on the Moon (Gemini 3 & 10, Apollo 10 & 16, STS 1 & 9), dies of pneumonia complications at 87
  • Jan 5 Jerry Van Dyke, American actor (My Mother the Car, Coach), dies at 86
  • Jan 5 Antonio Valentín Angelillo, Italian-Argentinian footballer who played for both Argentina and Italy, dies at 80
  • Jan 5 José Molina [Quijada], Spanish-born American flamenco dancer, dies of lung cancer at 81
  • Jan 7 Peter Sutherland, Irish businessman (Allied Irish Banks) and politician (Fine Gael), dies at 71
  • Jan 7 Anna Mae Hays [McCabe], American military officer and US military's 1st female General, dies from a heart attack at 97
  • Jan 7 Isabelle "France" Gall, French pop singer (Donner Pour Donner, Sacré Charlemagne), dies from cancer at 70
  • Jan 8 Donnelly Rhodes, Canadian actor (Da Vinci's Inquest, Danger Bay), dies of cancer at 80
  • Jan 8 Denise LaSalle [Ora Denise Allen], American blues and R&B singer recognized as the "Queen of the Blues" (Trapped by a Thing Called Love), dies from complications from surgery at 78
  • Jan 9 Odvar Nordli, 21st Prime Minister of Norway (Labour: 1976-81), dies at 90
  • Jan 9 Karin von Aroldingen, German ballet dancer (NYC Ballet Co), dies at 76
  • Jan 9 Terence Marsh, British production designer (Oliver!, Dr. Zhivago, Spaceballs), dies of cancer at 86
  • Jan 9 Tommy Lawrence, Scottish football player and goalkeeper (Liverpool, Tranmere Rovers), dies at 77
  • Jan 10 "Fast" Eddie Clarke, British guitarist (Fastway, Motörhead), dies from pneumonia at 67
  • Jan 10 Doreen Tracey, British-born American performer (Mickey Mouse Club-Mouseketeer), dies at 74
  • Jan 10 Tom Luken, American politician (U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio), dies at 92
  • Jan 11 Edgar Ray Killen, American convict, former preacher, K.K.K. member and murderer, dies at 92
  • Jan 12 Keith Jackson, American sportscaster (ABC Monday Night Football, college football), dies at 89
  • Jan 12 Danny Woods, American musician (CEO of the Board), dies at 75
  • Jan 13 Doug Harvey, American National League umpire (Baseball Hall of Fame 2010), dies at 87
  • Jan 13 Jack Nel, South African cricketer (South African opening bat in 6 Tests 1949-57), dies at 89
  • Jan 14 Hugh Wilson, American director, writer and actor (Blast from the Past, Frank's Place), dies at 74
  • Jan 14 Daniel "Dan" Gurney, American race-car driver, coach and team owner (All American Racers), dies from complications of pneumonia at 86
  • Jan 14 Marlene VerPlanck [Pampinella], American jazz and pop vocalist, dies of pancreatic cancer at 84
  • Jan 15 Dolores O’Riordan, Irish musician and singer-songwriter (The Cranberries, Zombie, Linger), drowns in the bath at 46
  • Jan 15 Mathilde Krim, American medical researcher and founding chairman of amfAR (Foundation for AIDS Research), dies at 91
  • Jan 15 Edwin Hawkins, American gospel musician, choir master and composer (Oh Happy Day), dies of pancreatic cancer at 74
  • Jan 15 Joe Frank [Joseph Langermann], American radio personality (KCRW), dies of cancer at 79
  • Jan 15 Cyrille Regis, English former footballer, dies of a heart attack at 59
  • Jan 16 Jo Jo White, American basketballer (Olympic gold - 1968), dies of complications of dementia at 71
  • Jan 16 Bradford Dillman, American actor (Compulsion, Piranha, Sudden Impact, Enforcer), dies of complications of pneumonia at 87
  • Jan 16 Dave Holland, English heavy metal rocker (Judas Priest-Breakin' the Law), dies at 69
  • Jan 17 Simon Shelton Barnes, British actor (Teletubbies-Tinky Winky), dies of hypothermia at 52
  • Jan 17 Jessica Falkholt, Australian actress (Hope Morrison-Home and Away, dies at 29, three days after a car crash which also killed both her parents
  • Jan 18 John Barton, British theatre director and co-founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company, dies at 89
  • Jan 19 Dorothy Malone, American actress (At Gunpoint, Night & Day, Peyton Place), dies at 93
  • Jan 19 Olivia Cole, American actress (Roots, Backstairs at the White House), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • Jan 19 Allison Shearmur [Allison Ivy Brecker], American film executive and producer (Star Wars, The Hunger Games, Jason Bourne), dies of complications from lung cancer at 54
  • Jan 20 James "Jim" Rodford, English rock vocalist and bassist (The Kinks, Argent, Zombies), dies after a fall at 76
  • Jan 20 John Coleman, American journalist, co-founder of The Weather Channel and broadcaster (1953-2014), dies at 83
  • Jan 20 Paul Bocuse, French great chef (Legion of Honor), dies of Parkinson's disease at 91
  • Jan 20 Jack Whitten, American abstract painter, dies of chronic leukemia at 78
  • Jan 20 Bob Smith, American author and a groundbreaking gay comedian (The Tonight Show, Funny Gay Males), dies from Lou Gehrig’s disease at 59
  • Jan 20 Howard Lew Lewis, English comedian and actor (Maid Marian and Her Merry Men and Brush Strokes), dies at 76
  • Jan 20 Naomi Parker Fraley, American who inspired "Rosie the Riveter" poster, dies at 96
  • Jan 20 Graeme Langlands, Australian rugby league fullback, captain and coach (24 Tests; St. George), dies from dementia and Alzheimer's disease at 76
  • Jan 21 Connie Sawyer [Rosie Cohen], American actress known as "The Clown Princess of Comedy" (Pineapple Express, Dumb and Dumber), dies at 105
  • Jan 21 Chartchai Chionoi, Thai boxer (WBC/WBA flyweight champion), dies of Parkinson's disease at 75
  • Jan 21 David Pithey, Rhodesian cricket all-rounder (8 Tests for South Africa), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 81
  • Jan 22 Ursula K. Le Guin, American sci-fi author (The Left Hand of Darkness, Tombs of Atuan), dies at 88
  • Jan 22 James "Jimmy" Armfield, British former-footballer, manager and pundit (BBC Radio Five Live), dies at 82
  • Jan 23 Stansfield Turner, American admiral and CIA director (1977-81), dies at 94
  • Jan 23 Wyatt Tee Walker, African-American pastor, civil rights leader, chief of staff for Martin Luther King, Jr. and cultural historian, dies at 88
  • Jan 23 Nicanor Parra, Chilean poet, mathematician, and physicist (Defense of Violeta Parra), dies at 103
  • Jan 23 Hugh Masekela, South African trumpeter, anti-apartheid activist (I Am Not Afraid), described as the "father of South African jazz," dies at 78
  • Jan 23 Lari White, American country music singer and actress (You Can Be a Star winner- 1988), dies of peritoneal cancer at 52
  • Jan 24 Mark E. Smith, British rock vocalist (The Fall, The Post-Nearly Man), dies after a long illness at 60
  • Jan 24 Jack Ketchum [Dallas William Mayr], American horror fiction author (Off Season, Red, The Woman), dies of cancer at 71
  • Jan 25 John Morris, American film and Broadway composer who commonly worked alongside Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder, dies of a respiratory infection at 91

Person of interestIngvar Kamprad

Jan 27 Ingvar Kamprad, Swedish eccentric businessman (founder of IKEA) and author (The Testament of a Furniture Dealer), dies at 91

Entrepreneur and Founder of IKEA Ingvar Kamprad
Entrepreneur and Founder of IKEA
Ingvar Kamprad
  • Jan 27 Mort Walker, American cartoonist (Beetle Bailey, Hi & Lois), dies at 94
  • Jan 30 Mark Salling, American actor and musician (Glee), commits suicide at 35
  • Jan 31 Anne Gillis [Alma Conner], American actress (Faline-Bambi, Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Little Men), dies at 90