On This Day

What Happened on January 1, 2019

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • Dutchman Michael van Gerwen wins his 3rd PDC World Darts Championship; beats Englishman Michael Smith 7-3 at the Alexandra Palace in London

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Jair Bolsonaro begins his 4 year term as President of Brazil

President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro
President of Brazil
Jair Bolsonaro

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

Famous Weddings

  • 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

  • George, the last Hawaiian tree snail of his kind (Achatinella apexfulva species), dies at the University of Hawaii aged 14 years