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What Happened in January 2019

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Qatar withdraws from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) after 57 years of membership
  • Jan 1 Same-sex marriage becomes legal in Austria

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Jan 1 Jair Bolsonaro begins his 4 year term as President of Brazil

President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro
President of Brazil
Jair Bolsonaro
  • Jan 1 Qatar introduces a 100% tax on alcohol and other "health-damaging goods", doubling the price of alcohol, tobacco, energy drinks and pork in the oil-rich, predominantly Muslim nation
  • Jan 1 Dutchman Michael van Gerwen wins his 3rd PDC World Darts Championship; beats Englishman Michael Smith 7-3 at the Alexandra Palace in London
  • Jan 1 Millions of women create a 300 mile 'Women's Wall' across state of Kerala, India, in support of women's access to temple of Sabarimala

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Jan 1 Level at 1-1 in Hopman Cup tennis tie, Roger Federer and Serena Williams (combined 43 major singles titles) matchup in deciding mixed doubles; with team mate Belinda Bencic, Federer wins 4-2, 4-3 for 2-1 Swiss victory over US

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • Jan 2 United States international Christian Pulisic becomes the most expensive American soccer player when he moves from Borussia Dortmund to Chelsea for £58; remains at Dortmund on loan until the end of the season

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Jan 2 Apple CEO Tim Cook blames below expectation Chinese iPhone sales for downturn in company's outlook, rocking international stock markets

CEO of Apple Tim Cook
CEO of Apple
Tim Cook
  • Jan 2 Two women become the first to ever enter India's Sabarimala shrine in Kerala State, after law change, prompting protests
  • Jan 3 Archaeologists in Mexico announce discovery of pre-Aztec temple to god Xipe Tótec in Puebla state (dated 900-1150 AD)
  • Jan 3 Chinese Chang'e-4 spacecraft becomes the first ever to touch down on the far side of the Moon

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jan 3 116th US Congress convenes in Washington, D.C., electing Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House of Representatives for the second time

US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
US Speaker of the House
Nancy Pelosi

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Jan 3 "Surviving R. Kelly" docuseries investigating sexual abuse by R&B singer R. Kelly premieres on Lifetime in the US

R&B Singer R. Kelly
R&B Singer
R. Kelly
  • Jan 4 Indian cricket batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara scores 193 and Rishabh Pant 159no as the tourists declare at 622/7 on Day 2 of 4th Test against Australia in Sydney; Pant, first Indian wicketkeeper to hit a century in Australia
  • Jan 4 Thailand's worst storm in 30 years, Tropical Storm Pabuk makes landfall on country's east coast

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Jan 5 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Swiss pair Roger Federer & Belinda Bencic clinch 2-1 win over Germany; beat Angelique Kerber & Alexander Zverev 4-0, 1-4, 4-3; Switzerland's 4th event success

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Jan 5 Golden State and Sacramento combine for 41 3-pointers in Warriors' 127-123 win; set new NBA record for 3s in a game; Stephen Curry hits 10 triples while Buddy Hield leads Kings with 8, Justin Jackson adds 5

Basketball Superstar Stephen Curry
Basketball Superstar
Stephen Curry
  • Jan 5 Orthodox Church of Ukraine granted independence from the Russian Orthodox Church by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
  • Jan 5 Chinese government report predicts China's population will peak at 1.44 billion in 2029 before declining
  • Jan 6 Record $3.1 million (333.6 million yen) price for giant bluefin tuna at Tokyo's Toyosu fish market bought by sushi restaurant owner Kiyoshi Kimura
  • Jan 6 Malaysian king Sultan Muhammad V abdicates after two years of rule in historic first

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

Jan 6 76th Golden Globes: "The Americans", "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Green Book", Glenn Close and Rami Malek among the winners

  • Jan 7 Attempted coup in Gabon fails after rebel soldiers overtake national radio station in Libreville
  • Jan 7 Rain ruins last 2 days of 4th cricket Test in Sydney as India wins series 2-1; become first Asian side to win a Test series in Australia, 71 years after the first Indian touring team in 1947-48
  • Jan 7 Tennessee woman Cyntoia Brown, convicted for murdering a man aged 16, granted clemency by Governor Bill Haslam
  • Jan 7 College Football, National Championship, Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara: #2 Clemson beats #1 Alabama, 44-16
  • Jan 7 Amazon overtakes Microsoft to become the world's most valuable listed company for the first time, worth $797 billion
  • Jan 9 Car manufacture Hyundai unveils a model of a proposed walking car, for first responders, in Las Vegas

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Jan 9 US President Donald Trump makes Oval Office address live on TV over government shutdown and border wall

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Jan 9 California's monarch butterfly count drops by 86% according to 2018 census
  • Jan 10 Canadian astronomers report fast radio bursts (FRBs) of probable extragalactic origin, one repeating six times at the CHIME observatory, British Columbia
  • Jan 10 Opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi proclaimed winner in Democratic Republic of the Congo presidency elections in a disputed result
  • Jan 10 Oceans warming faster than previous thought due to fossil fuel burning, according to data published in journal "Science"

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Jan 10 Lady Gaga apologises for working with R. Kelly in light of docuseries "Surviving R. Kelly"

Singer-Songwriter Lady Gaga
Singer-Songwriter
Lady Gaga
R&B Singer R. Kelly
R&B Singer
R. Kelly
  • Jan 10 13 year-old Jayme Closs escapes her kidnapper after 3 months in captivity in Wisconsin

  • Jan 12 18 year-old Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun arrives in Toronto, Canada, as a refugee, via Thailand, after escaping family abuse in Saudi Arabia
  • Jan 12 Missy Eliot is the first female rapper to be inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame

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Jan 13 Lionel Messi scores for FC Barcelona in 3-0 win over Eibar, his 400th goal in La Liga; becomes first player to reach mark in just one of Europe's top 5 leagues; Cristiano Ronaldo had 409 in Spain, England & Italy

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi
  • Jan 13 Houston guard James Harden scores 38 points in Rockets' 116-108 loss to Orlando; 16th straight game with 30+ points matching Kobe Bryant's NBA record streak; also goes 1 for 17 from 3-point arc, tying record for most misses
  • Jan 14 US President Donald Trump denies he is a Russian agent after NY Times article states the FBI started an investigation and the Washington Post raised issues over a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin
  • Jan 14 China posts shock drop in trade figures with a 4.4% fall in exports for December and a 7.6% fall in imports
  • Jan 14 Pawel Adamowicz, Mayor of Gdańsk, Poland, stabbed on stage at charity event. Dies two days later.
  • Jan 14 US Republican leaders strip Congressman Steve King from House committees after series of racist comments
  • Jan 14 Americans chance of dying from an accidental opioid overdose higher than a car accident for the first time, according to US National Safety Council
  • Jan 14 Spinning disk of ice 300m wide, resembling the moon, forms in the Presumpscot river, Westbrook, Maine
  • Jan 15 LGBTQ activists accuse the Russian republic of Chechnya of a new gay purge with 40 detained and two killed

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Jan 15 Theresa May's Brexit deal with the EU is rejected by UK parliament 432 votes to 202, largest parliamentary defeat in its democratic era

British Prime Minister Theresa May
British Prime Minister
Theresa May
  • Jan 15 Beginning of humanity's largest gathering, the Kumbh Mela Hindu festival with 15 million people bathing at the joining of Ganges and Yamuna rivers, India. 120 million expected over next 49 days.

Person of InterestEl Chapo Finally Recaptured

Jan 15 Witness in El Chapo trial claims former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto accepted $100 million bribe from the drug cartel head
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Mexican drug lord Joaquín
Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán in American custody after being extradited to the United States
  • Jan 15 Bomb blast and gunfight at DusitD2 hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, leaves at least 21 dead with militants group claiming responsibility al-Shabab
  • Jan 15 Chinese scientists confirm they have germinated a cotton seed on the moon on board the Chang’e 4 lander
  • Jan 15 A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie tops US album chart with album "Hoodie Szn" selling a record low 823 copies of just digital sales.
  • Jan 15 Plastic will outweigh fish in the world's oceans by 2050 according to report by the World Economic Forum
  • Jan 16 Golden State Warriors break 2 franchise records in 142-111 win over Denver Nuggets; in 1st quarter, record 10 three-point field goals on way to franchise best 51 points in the period
  • Jan 16 Australian Bureau of Meteorology tweets last four days were the country's hottest on record with Tarcoola, South Australia, reaching 49 C (120 F), Port Augusta 48.5 C (119 F)
  • Jan 16 UK Prime Minister Theresa May wins vote of no confidence in her government 325 to 306
  • Jan 16 Egyptian city Cairo is engulfed by a sandstorm turning it orange
  • Jan 16 Explosion by a suicide bomber aimed at US-led coalition forces at a market in Manjib, Syria, kills about 18 including four Americans
  • Jan 16 UN says at least 890 killed in ethnic violence in the western Democratic Republic of Congo in December, with 465 building destroyed, delaying the presidential election
  • Jan 16 Golden State guard Stephen Curry first player in NBA history to hit 8+ three-point FGs in 3 consecutive games; goes 9-of- 17 three's in Warriors' 147-140 win over New Orleans; teams combine for NBA record 43 3-pointers
  • Jan 16 Houston guard James Harden becomes first player to score 55+ points in back-to-back NBA games since Wilt Chamberlain (1962); scores 58 in 145-142 OT loss to Brooklyn; 18 straight games with 30+ points
  • Jan 17 China executes Cai Dongjia, the country's "godfather of crystal meth" from Boshe, Guangdong
  • Jan 17 Indian spiritual leader Ram Rahim Singh and two aides sentenced to life in prison for murdering journalist who exposed sexual abuse at the sect
  • Jan 17 Car bomb in Bogota, Colombia, outside the National Police Academy kills at least 8 and injures 41
  • Jan 20 NFC Championship, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans: Los Angeles Rams beat New Orleans Saints, 26-23 OT
  • Jan 20 AFC Championship, Arrowhead Stadium, KC: New England Patriots beat Kansas City Chiefs, 37-31 OT

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 21 Li Na of China becomes first Asian player to be elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame; joins Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Mary Pierce of France as Class of 2019 inductees

Tennis Player Li Na
Tennis Player
Li Na
Tennis Player Mary Pierce
Tennis Player
Mary Pierce
  • Jan 21 A light aircraft carrying EPL team Cardiff City's record signing Emiliano Sala of French club FC Nantes disappears near the Channel islands en route to Wales
  • Jan 21 Golden State guard Klay Thompson sets an NBA record by making his first 10 attempts from 3-point range as the Warriors beat the LA Lakers, 130-111; Thompson scores 44 points

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Jan 23 Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido declares himself acting President amid widespread violent protests against President Nicolas Maduro's regime

Venezuelan Politician Juan Guaidó
Venezuelan Politician
Juan Guaidó
President of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro
President of Venezuela
Nicolás Maduro
  • Jan 23 US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi disinvites President Donald Trump from making a State of the Union address in Congress citing government shutdown
  • Jan 23 New record for most expensive US property, $238 million for penthouse condominium overlooking Central Park, NY, bought by hedge fund billionaire Ken Griffin
  • Jan 24 Search for missing Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala is called off after rescuers fail to find aircraft that disappeared from radar over English Channel 3 days earlier; search resumes funded by soccer community donations; wreckage discovered Feb 3
  • Jan 24 US government recognises Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country's President
  • Jan 24 17 temperature records broken in South Australia including highest ever recorded for capital Adelaide at 46.6C
  • Jan 25 Longest-ever US government shutdown ends after 35 days when President Donald Trump agrees to three week of negotiations on border security by a House-Senate conference committee
  • Jan 25 At least 20 people have died this week in Venezuelan anti-government protests according to the UN
  • Jan 25 Tailing dam for an iron ore mine in Brumadinho, south-eastern Brazil, collapses killing at least 110 with 238 missing
  • Jan 25 Roger Stone, political lobbyist for Donald Trump is arrested as part of Mueller investigation for obstruction of justice, witness tampering and making false statements

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Jan 25 Documentary "Leaving Neverland" detailing singer Michael Jackson's relationship with two boys premieres at the Sundance Film Festivval

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Sport awardAustralian Open Women's Tennis

Jan 26 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Naomi Osaka becomes world #1 ranked player with 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 win over Petra Kvitová of the Czech Republic; first Japanese player to win Australian singles title

Tennis Player Naomi Osaka
Tennis Player
Naomi Osaka
  • Jan 26 64th NHL All Star Games, SAP Centre, San Jose, CA: Metropolitan All Stars win four-team, 3-on-3 tournament; MVP: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins, C
  • Jan 26 Five people shot and killed in domestic deputes in Louisiana, a 21- year old gunman arrested a day later

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

Jan 27 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković of Serbia wins his record 7th Australian singles title; beats Spaniard Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal

Sport awardNFL Pro Bowl

Jan 27 NFL Pro Bowl, Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL: AFC beats NFC, 26-7: MVPs: Patrick Mahomes, KC Chiefs, QB; Jamal Adams, NY Jets, S

NFL Quarterback Patrick Mahomes
NFL Quarterback
Patrick Mahomes
  • Jan 27 Two bombs at a Roman Catholic cathedral on Jolo Island, southern, Philippines kills 20, Islamic State claims responsibility
  • Jan 27 Tornado strikes Havana, Cuba, killing three and injuring 172
  • Jan 27 Landslide kills 15 at a wedding party in a hotel in Abancay, Peru
  • Jan 28 US Justice Department charges Chinese firm Huawei with bank and wire fraud
  • Jan 28 Draft framework for peace agreement to end 17-year conflict in Afghanistan agreed by US and Afghan negotiators
  • Jan 29 Toronto landscaper Bruce McArthur admits in court to the murder of eight gay men
  • Jan 29 Empire star Jussie Smollett suffers suspected racist and homophobic attack in Chicago
  • Jan 29 In the aftermath to a wild ending to UFC 229, Khabib Nurmagomedov ($500k & 9 months) and Conor McGregor ($50k & 6 months) are issued fines and suspensions; bans retroactive to October 6, 2018
  • Jan 29 Iranian city Tehran bans dog walking in public and driving with dogs
  • Jan 29 Approaching polar vortex prompts state of emergency to be declared in Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Alabama and Mississippi
  • Jan 29 US Postal Service suspends deliveries to ten states due to severity of the polar vortex
  • Jan 29 Norwegian government proposes building a floating road tunnel as part of a new roadway between Kristians and Trondheim
  • Jan 30 Russian Senator Rauf Arashukov arrested within parliament on two murder charges
  • Jan 30 Continuous 24 hr church mass lasting 97 days to prevent deportation of Armenian asylum seekers ends after Dutch authorities reconsider at Protestant Bethel Church in The Hague

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 1 Austrian women Nicole Kopaunik (37) and Daniela Paier (37) become the 1st same-sex couple to be officially married in the predominantly Catholic country, in a ceremony in Velden, southern Austria, shortly after midnight

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 George, the last Hawaiian tree snail of his kind (Achatinella apexfulva species), dies at the University of Hawaii aged 14 years
  • Jan 2 Bob Einstein, American comedian (Officer Judy, Super Dave Osborne), dies of leukemia at 76
  • Jan 2 Julia Grant [prev George Roberts], transgender activist featured in "A Change of Sex", dies at 64
  • Jan 2 "Mean" Gene Okerlund, American pro wrestling interviewer, announcer and television host (WWF, WCW), dies of kidney failure at 76
  • Jan 4 John Burningham, English author and illustrator of childrens books (Mr Grumpy's Outing), dies at 82
  • Jan 5 Dragoslav Šekularac, Serbian footballer, dies at 81
  • Jan 7 John Joubert, British South African composer (Chamber Music for brass quintet), dies at 91
  • Jan 8 Patricia McBride Lousada, American ballerina (NYC Ballet Co) and cookbook author, dies at 89
  • Jan 9 Joseph Howze, American Roman Catholic bishop, 1st African American Bishop to be appointed in 20th century, dies at 95
  • Jan 11 Michael Atiyah, English mathematician (Atiyah-Singer Index, Fields Medal 1966), dies at 89
  • Jan 11 J. D. Gibbs, American auto racer, team owner (Joe Gibbs Racing), dies of degenerative neurological disease at 49
  • Jan 12 Bonnie Guitar [Buckingham], American guitarist, singer and record executive (Dark Moon), dies at 95
  • Jan 12 Bob Kuechenberg, American NFL guard (6-time Pro Bowl, Miami Dolphins), dies of a heart attack at 71
  • Jan 13 Mel Stottlemyre, American baseball pitcher and coach (5-time MLB All Star), dies of cancer at 77
  • Jan 15 Carol Channing, American actress, singer and comedian (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Hello Dolly), dies at 97
  • Jan 16 Hugh Lewin, South African anti-apartheid activist and writer (Bandiet: Seven Years in a South African Prison), dies at 79
  • Jan 16 Rita Vidaurri, American Ranchera singer, dies at 94
  • Jan 17 Windsor Davies, British actor (It Ain't Half Hot Mum), dies at 88
  • Jan 18 Glen Wood, American auto racer, team owner (Wood Bros Racing), dies at 93
  • Jan 20 Muriel Pavlow, British actress (Murder, She Said, Reach for the Sky), dies at 97
  • Jan 20 Dumisani Kumalo, South African anti-apartheid activist and UN ambassador, dies at 71
  • Jan 21 Russell Baker, American columnist, author and humorist (NY Times) dies at 93
  • Jan 21 Kaye Ballard, American actress and comedienne (Kaye-Mothers-in-Law), dies at 93
  • Jan 21 Harris Wofford, American politician (Sen-D-Pennsylvania 1991-94), head of AmeriCorps, dies at 92
  • Jan 21 Maxine Brown, American country music singer (Browns), dies at 87
  • Jan 22 Charles Vandenhove, Belgian architect (Standard-Omnisporthal, Luik), dies at 91
  • Jan 23 Jonas Mekas, American avant garde filmmaker and film critic, dies at 96
  • Jan 23 Diana Athill, English writer and editor (Stet), dies at 101
  • Jan 23 Oliver Mtukudzi, Zimbabwean singer and musician (Tuku music), dies at 66
  • Jan 23 Norman Orentreich, American dermatologist known as "the father of modern hair transplantation", dies at 96
  • Jan 25 Florence Knoll Bassett, American furniture designer (Knoll), dies at 101
  • Jan 25 Meshulam Riklis, Turkish-born Israeli businessman and husband of Pia Zadora, dies at 95
  • Jan 26 Michel Legrand, French composer, film arranger and jazz musician (Summer of '42, Windmills of Your Mind), dies at 86
  • Jan 27 Peter Magowan, American businessman, MLB owner (SF Giants), dies of liver cancer at 76
  • Jan 28 Kim Bok-dong, Korean sex slave activist, dies at 92
  • Jan 29 James Ingram, American R&B singer-songwriter and musician (Just Once), dies at 66
  • Jan 29 Andy Hebenton, Canadian NHL right wing (record 630 consecutive games; NY Rangers, Boston Bruins), dies at 89
  • Jan 30 Bernard Nevill, British textile designer, dies at 88