On This Day

What Happened on January 1, 2020

Historical Events

  • 106th Rose Bowl: #6 Oregon beats #8 Wisconsin, 28-27; MVPs: Justin Herbert (QB, Oregon) & Brady Breeze (S, Oregon)
  • 86th Sugar Bowl: #5 Georgia beats #7 Baylor, 26-14
  • Pro-Iranian protesters end siege of US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq
  • Scotland's Peter Wright beats Dutch defending champion Michael Van Gerwen, 7-3 with 102.79 average, 34 x 140s, 11 maximums and 53% on doubles to seal his first PDC World Darts Championship in London

Famous Deaths

  • Carlos De León, Puerto Rican boxer (WBC cruiserweight champion (1980–82, 83–85, 86–88, 89–90), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • David Stern, American basketball executive (NBA commissioner 1984-2014; longest-tenured commissioner in history of major North American sports leagues), dies from a brain haemorrhage at 77
  • Don Larsen, American MLB pitcher (only perfect game in World Series history, Game 5 1956; World Series MVP 1956; NY Yankees), dies from esophageal cancer at 90
  • Doug Hart, American NFL defensive back (NFL champion 1965, 66, 67; Super Bowl 1967, 68; Green Bay Packers), dies at 80
  • Jaap Schröder, Dutch violinist, conductor, musicologist, and pedagogue (Academy of Ancient Music), dies at 94
  • Les Josephson, American football running back (NFL Pro Bowl 1967; Los Angeles Rams), dies at 77
  • Tommy Hancock, American western swing fiddler and bandleader (Supernatural Family Band - "I Should Have Married Marie"; "Tacos for Two"), dies at 90
2020 Highlights

About January 1, 2020

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 2 years, 5 months and 29 days
Leap Year: Yes

Holidays: New Year's Day (Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States)

Generation: Generation Alpha
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Capricorn

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey
  • UK #1 Song: River - Ellie Goulding