What Happened in January 2022

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Chicago Bulls forward DeMar DeRozen becomes first player in NBA history to hit buzzer-beaters on consecutive days; hits 3-pointers to beat Washington Wizards, 120-119 and previous night Indiana Pacers, 108-106

Desmond Tutu's Funeral

Jan 1 State Funeral in Cape Town, South Africa, for anti-apartheid leader Archbishop Desmond Tutu

  • Jan 2 Israel becomes one of the first countries to offer a fourth vaccine dose against COVID-19 amid an Omicron surge
  • Jan 2 Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok resigns in a televised address amid political deadlock after a rejection of his deal with the military by pro-democracy forces

Omicron Surge

Jan 2 US epidemiologist Dr. Anthony Fauci says focus should be on hospitalizations not case numbers amid huge surge in Omicron COVID-19 cases. Cases up 202%, hospitalizations up 30% in US. [1]

  • Jan 3 America records one million new COVID-19 cases for the first time, Omicron accounting for an estimated 95% of these [1]
  • Jan 3 Apple becomes the first US company to be worth $3 trillion in value, after tripling its price in under four years [1]

Elizabeth Holmes Found Guilty

Jan 3 Elizabeth Holmes, founder of blood-testing start-up Theranos is found guilty on four counts of fraud in San Jose, California [1]

Music History

Jan 3 Rock singer David Lee Roth cancels his pre-retirement residency in Las Vegas due to "unforeseen circumstances related to COVID..."

  • Jan 3 Scotsman Peter Wright wins his second PDC World Darts Championship; beats Michael Smith of England, 7-5 at the Alexandra Palace in London
  • Jan 4 Canadian government announces US$31.5 billion settlement to fix and compensate for Indigenous child welfare system, largest in its history [1]
  • Jan 4 Toyota becomes the first foreign automaker to top US sales, beating GM in 2021, partly due to supply issues [1]
  • Jan 5 Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards pardons Homer Plessy for buying whites-only train ticket in 1892 (resulted in U.S. Supreme Court case Plessy v. Ferguson 1896) [1]
  • Jan 5 State of emergency declared across Kazakhstan amid unrest and protests against fuel price rises, 164 killed in three days

Allen Toussaint Boulevard

Jan 6 New Orleans, Louisiana city council votes to change name of Robert E. Lee Boulevard to Allen Toussaint Boulevard

Đoković's Visa Cancelled

Jan 6 Tennis world No. 1 Novak Đoković's visa into Australia cancelled after uproar over his COVID-19 vaccination exemption

  • Jan 7 First successful transplant of a pig's heart into a human when genetically modified pig's heart inserted into a 53 year old man in Baltimore, Maryland [1]
  • Jan 7 Three men convicted of murdering black jogger Ahmaud Arbery in Feb 2020, sentenced to life in prison in a Georgia court
  • Jan 8 The United Kingdom passes 150,000 COVID-19 deaths, the first country in Europe and the seventh globally [1]
  • Jan 9 At least 200 people killed and 10,000 displaced by armed bandits in northwestern Nigerian state of Zamfara, after military raids on their hideouts, amid continuing struggle for order in the region [1]
  • Jan 9 Fire in a Bronx, New York, residential high rise kills 17 and injures 63

Golden Globes

Jan 10 79th Golden Globes: Best film "The Power of the Dog" (drama), "West Side Story" (comedy/musical), Best TV series "Succession", Best Director Jane Campion (Motion Picture)

  • Jan 10 College Football, National Championship, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana: #3 Georgia beats #1 Alabama, 33-18
  • Jan 10 Crytocurrency Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao, now one of the world's richest billionaires, with net worth of $96 billion according to Bloomberg

Maya Angelou Quarter

Jan 10 The US Mint issues quarter coins commemorating poet Maya Angelou, first black woman to be depicted [1]

  • Jan 10 US reports 1.34 million new COVID-19 infections, a global record, with Omicron variant accounting for an estimated 95% of cases [1]
  • Jan 11 Quebec announces it will impose a healthcare tax on unvaccinated adults who are accounting for 50% of ICU cases (scrapped Feb 2022) [1]
  • Jan 11 WHO warns more than half of Europe could catch COVID-19 within weeks, warning of a "west-to-east tidal wave" [1]


Jan 12 UK PM Boris Johnson admits he attended a "bring your own booze" staff party in May 2020 during the country's first lockdown [1]

  • Jan 13 Australian equals hottest temperature on record of 50.7C (123.26F) in Onslow, Western Australia
  • Jan 13 Britain's Prince Andrew stripped of his military titles and royal patronages by Buckingham Palace, amid continuing sexual assault allegations

Sirhan Sirhan's Release Blocked

Jan 13 California Governor Gavin Newsom blocks Robert F. Kennedy's assassin Sirhan Sirhan's release on parole after 53 years in jail [1]

  • Jan 13 Landmark conviction of former Syrian intelligence officer Anwar Raslan for state-sponsored crimes against humanity in Koblenz, Germany [1]
  • Jan 15 Oil spill at La Pampilla refinery off Peruvian coast after waves from the Tongan eruption cause almost 12,000 barrels to leak into the sea [1]
  • Jan 15 Underwater volcano Hunga-Tonga Hunga-Ha'apai violently erupts with 20km ash plume, sending tsunami over nearby Tonga, with shock waves heard in New Zealand [1]
  • Jan 16 Unvaccinated World #1 tennis player Novak Đoković is deported by the Australian government on "health and good order" grounds, without playing in the Australian Open
  • Jan 18 Boston Bruins retire Willie O'Ree's #22 jersey, on the 64th anniversary of his becoming the NHL's first Black player [1]
  • Jan 18 France records a record 464,769 new COVID-19 cases with other European countries also registering record numbers amid Omicron's spread [1]
  • Jan 18 Indonesia's parliament approves bill to relocate its capital to Borneo and announces new city's name will be Nusantara, (meaning archipelago) [1]
  • Jan 18 Microsoft says it is buying Activision Blizzard, publisher of online games "Call of Duty", "World of Warcraft" and "Candy Crush" for $70 billion - biggest-ever gaming and tech takeover [1]
  • Jan 19 5G cellphone service launches in the US with airlines claiming it could interfere with airplane technologies
  • Jan 19 Major report on antimicrobial resistance shows 4.95m deaths worldwide associated with drug-resistant bacteria, making untreatable infections now a leading cause of death [1]
  • Jan 19 UK PM Boris Johnson eases Omicron COVID-19 restrictions, saying the current wave of infections has peaked
  • Jan 20 19-year-old aviator Zara Rutherford becomes the youngest woman to fly solo around the world landing at Kortrijk-Wevelgem Airport, Belgium [1]
  • Jan 21 Yemen detention centre in Saada held by rebel Houthis bombed killing more than 70 people [1]
  • Jan 23 Buffalo wide receiver Gabriel Davis scores an NFL playoff record 4 TDs in the Bills' epic 42-36 overtime loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in their divisional-round playoff at Arrowhead Stadium
  • Jan 24 19 die in a fight and a fire at a nightclub in Sorong city, West Papua, Indonesia [1]
  • Jan 24 At least 34 people killed and 65,000 left homeless after two different tropical storms batter Madagascar and Mozambique with Madagascar's capital Antananarivo particularly affected [1]
  • Jan 24 Coup in Burkina Faso as military announce on TV they have overthrown President Roch Kaboré after his failure to stem an Islamic insurgency [1]
  • Jan 25 Australian government buys the copyright to the Aboriginal flag designed by artist Harold Thomas for A$20 million (US$14m) [1]
  • Jan 25 People smuggling boat reported to have capsized in the Florida Straits with the loss of 38 lives
  • Jan 25 Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Keith Yandle becomes NHL's new "Iron Man" with his 965th consecutive regular-season game, breaking Doug Jarvis's all-time record, in a 4-3 loss at the New York Islanders [1]

Music History

Jan 26 Spotify removes Neil Young's music from its streaming platform after the singer-songwriter's ultimatum in objection to COVID-19 misinformation in Joe Rogan's podcasts [1]

  • Jan 26 US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer announces his retirement

Biden Supreme Court Pledge

Jan 27 US President Joe Biden pledges to nominate a Black woman to the Supreme Court

  • Jan 29 Australian Open Women's Tennis: World #1 Ash Barty wins her home Grand Slam event for the first time; beats American Danielle Collins 6-3, 7-6
  • Jan 30 AFC Championship, Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri: Cincinnati Bengals beat Kansas City Chiefs, 27-24 OT

Australian Men's Tennis Open

Jan 30 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Rafael Nadal wins record 21st Grand Slam singles title with an epic 2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 win over Daniil Medvedev of Russia

  • Jan 30 Kurdish-led militia and American forces regain control of Sinaa prison in Hasaka, Syria, after a week-log assault by ISIS fighters, with the loss of 500 lives [1]
  • Jan 30 NFC Championship, SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, California: LA Rams beat SF 49ers, 20-17
  • Jan 30 Portugal's ruling Socialist party headed by Prime Minister António Costwin wins an unexpected outright majority in country's snap election
  • Jan 31 British government report finds "a failure of leadership" led to parties taking place in Downing Street when UK under strict lockdown, amid a police investigation [1]
  • Jan 31 Online word puzzle Wordle bought for “low seven figure sum” by The New York Times
2022 History

Famous Weddings

Ricki Lake

Jan 2 American actress and television host Ricki Lake marries her third husband Ross Burningham

  • Jan 13 Actress Danielle Brooks marries Dennis Gelin in Miami

Famous Divorces

Lisa Bonet & Jason Momoa

Jan 12 Actors Lisa Bonet and Jason Momoa divorce after four years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Dan Reeves, American football coach (AP NFL Coach of the Year 1993 NY Giants, 1998 Atlanta Falcons; Denver Broncos), dies from complications of dementia at 77
  • Jan 2 Bob Halloran, American sportscaster (CBS Sports NY) and event organiser (MGM Mirage), dies at 87
  • Jan 2 Jens Jørgen Hansen, Danish soccer right back (40 caps; Esbjerg fB), dies at 82
  • Jan 2 Larry Biitner, American MLB baseball outfielder, 1970-83 (Washington Senators/Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs, and 2 other teams), dies of cancer at 75
  • Jan 3 Kamel Lemoui, Algerian soccer defender (7 caps; AS Béziers Hérault) and manager (Algeria 1988-89), dies from COVID-19 at 82
  • Jan 3 Viktor Saneyev, Georgian athlete (Olympics 3 x gold, Soviet Union, triple jump 1968, 72, 76; silver 1980), dies at 76
  • Jan 4 Anatoliy Kuksov, Ukrainian soccer midfielder (8 caps USSR; FC Zorya Luhansk 489 games) and manager (Hirnyk Rovenky), dies at 72
  • Jan 4 Javier Astúa, Costa Rican soccer forward (13 caps; Puntarenas FC), and manager (Puntarenas FC), dies at 53
  • Jan 4 Joan Copeland, American film and TV soap actress ("Roseland"; "Search for Tomorrow"), dies at 99
  • Jan 4 Kevin Kalkhoven, Australian auto racing team owner (KV Racing Technology, Indy 500 2013), co-owner Champ Car World Series, investor Cosworth Group Holdings Ltd, dies at 77
  • Jan 4 Rolf-Dieter Amend, German canoeist (Olympic gold GDR C-2 slalom 1972), dies at 72
  • Jan 4 Ross Browner, American College Football HOF defensive end (Notre Dame; Maxwell Award 1977; Cincinnati Bengals), dies from COVID-19 at 67
  • Jan 5 Greg Robinson, American football coach (Syracuse University 2005-08; Super Bowl 1997, 98 DC Denver Broncos), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 70
  • Jan 5 Lawrence Brooks, American US Army soldier, 1940-45 (91st Engineer Battalion - New Guinea, The Philippines), and longest-living American World War II veteran, dies at 112
  • Jan 5 Olga Szabó-Orbán, Romanian fencer (World C'ship gold women's foil individual 1962, team 1969; Olympic silver individual 1956, bronze team 1968, 72), dies at 83
  • Jan 5 Ralph Neely, American football offensive tackle (Super Bowl 1971, 77 Dallas Cowboys; Pro Bowl 1967, 69; All Pro 1966-69), dies at 78
  • Jan 6 Bob Falkenburg, American tennis player (Wimbledon singles 1948, doubles, 1947; US Open doubles 1944), dies at 95
  • Jan 6 Calvin Simon, American funk and gospel vocalist (Parliament/Funkadelic - "Livin' the Life"), dies at 79
  • Jan 6 F. Sionil José, Filipino novelist (Rosales Saga) and Philippine National Artist for Literature, dies at 97

Peter Bogdanovich (1939-2022)

Jan 6 American film director and producer (The Last Picture Show; Paper Moon), dies at 82 [1]

Sidney Poitier (1927-2022)

Jan 6 Bahamian-American actor, first black actor to win Oscar for Best Actor ('Lillies in the Field' - 1963; To Sir, With Love"; "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"), director (Stir Crazy), civil rights advocate, and diplomat, dies at 94 [1]

  • Jan 8 Marilyn Bergman (née Katz), American Emmy, Grammy, and Academy Award-winning lyricist, with husband Alan ("The Way We Were"; "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?"; "You Don't Bring Me Flowers"), dies of respiratory failure at 93
  • Jan 8 Viktor Mazin, Russian weightlifter (Olympic gold USSR 60kg [5 x WR] 1980), dies at 67

Bob Saget (1956-2022)

Jan 9 American comedian, actor (Full House), and TV host (America's Funniest Home Video), dies of head trauma at 65

  • Jan 9 Bob Shearer, Australian golfer, course designer (4 x PGA Tour of Australia Order of Merit), dies from a heart attack at 73
  • Jan 9 Dwayne Hickman, American actor (The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis; How to Stuff a Wild Bikini), and network executive, dies of complications from Parkinson's disease at 87 [1]
  • Jan 9 James Mtume [Forman], American Grammy Award-winning jazz and R&B percussionist, songwriter, record producer (Miles Davis, 1971-75; "Juicy Fruit"), social activist, and radio personality, dies at 76
  • Jan 9 Maria Ewing, American opera mezzo-soprano singer (Metropolitan Opera, 1976-97), dies at 71
  • Jan 10 Alfred Gager, Austrian soccer midfielder (6 caps; Austria Wien, FC Wacker Wien), dies at 79
  • Jan 10 Don Maynard, American Pro Football HOF wide receiver (Super Bowl 1969; First-team All-AFL 1968, 69; AFL All-Star 1965, 67–69; NY Titans/Jets), dies at 86
  • Jan 10 Francis Jackson, British organist, composer (East Acklam; A Time of Fire), and music director (York Minster, 1946-82), dies at 104
  • Jan 10 Gary Waldhorn, British stage and screen comic actor (The Vicar of Dibley; Brush Strokes), dies at 78
  • Jan 10 Khan Jamal [Warren Cheeseboro], American jazz vibraphonist and marimba player (Sounds of Liberation; Creative Art Ensemble), dies of kidney failure at 75 [1]
  • Jan 11 Ahmet Çalık, Turkish soccer centre-back (8 caps; Gençlerbirliği, Galatasaray, Konyaspor), dies in a traffic accident at 27
  • Jan 11 Anatoly Alyabyev, Russian biathlete (Olympic gold USSR 20km individual, 4 × 7.5km relay 1980), dies from COVID-19 at 70
  • Jan 11 David-Maria Sassoli, Italian politician and journalist, European Parliament President (2019-22), dies at 65
  • Jan 11 Don Sutherin, American Canadian Football HOF defensive back/placekicker (Grey Cup 1963, 65, 68, 69; Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Ottawa Rough Riders), dies at 85
  • Jan 11 Magawa, African Giant Pouched rat (1st rat to be awarded a PDSA award for finding landmines for APOPO), laid to rest after dying in retirement in Tanzania at 8
  • Jan 11 Rosa Lee Hawkins, American pop singer (The Dixie Cups - "Chapel Of Love"; "Iko Iko"), dies from surgery complications at 76
  • Jan 11 Tim Rosaforte, American golf writer (Sports Illustrated, Golf Digest) and broadcaster (USA Network, Golf Channel), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 66
  • Jan 12 Everett Lee, American violinist, and theater and classical conductor (Cosmopolitan Little Symphony, 1947-55; Norrkoping Symphony, 1962-72), dies at 105
  • Jan 12 Ronnie Spector [Veronica Bennett], American pop singer (The Ronettes -"Be My Baby"), dies of cancer at 78 [1]
  • Jan 12 Stjepan Lamza, Croatian soccer midfielder (7 caps Yugoslavia; GNK Dinamo Zagreb), dies at 81
  • Jan 12 Taffy Thomas, Welsh thoroughbred jockey (Singapore Gold Cup 1977, Vernons Sprint Cup 1978, King's Stand Stakes 1983), dies at 76
  • Jan 13 Fred Parris, American doo-wop singer and songwriter (The Five Satins - "In The Still Of The Night"), dies at 85
  • Jan 13 Sonny Turner, American singer (The Platters, 1959-70 - "With This Ring", The Metrotones), dies of cancer at 82
  • Jan 14 Dallas Frazier, American country music songwriter ("Alley Oop"; "Elvira"; "There Goes My Everything"), dies from stroke complications at 82
  • Jan 15 Ed Cheff, American College Baseball HOF coach (16 × NAIA World Series; Lewis–Clark State College 1977-2010), dies at 78
  • Jan 15 Joe B. Hall, American Basketball HOF coach (NCAA Division I C'ship 1978; University of Kentucky 1972-85), dies at 93
  • Jan 15 Ralph Emery, American country music DJ and television host (Nashville Now), dies at 88
  • Jan 15 Ramazan Rragami, Albanian soccer midfielder (20 caps; KF Vllaznia) and manager (KF Vllaznia), dies at 77
  • Jan 15 Scot Palmer, Australian sports journalist (The Sun, Sunday Press, Seven Network; President Football Writers Association), dies at 84
  • Jan 16 Charles McGee, American US Air Force officer and fighter pilot of the Tuskegee Airmen (WWII, Korean War, Vietnam), dies at 102
  • Jan 16 Collarwali, Indian tigress and 'Super Mum' who birthed 29 cubs, cremated at Pench Tiger Reserve at 16 [1]
  • Jan 17 Kevin Flynn, Irish rugby union centre (22 caps; Leinster RFC), dies at 82
  • Jan 17 Yvette Mimieux, American actress (Time Machine; Where the Boys Are; Light in the Piazza), dies at 80
  • Jan 18 Alberto Michelotti, Italian soccer referee (12 internationals; Serie A 1967-81; FIFA listed 1973-81), dies at 91
  • Jan 18 David Cox, English statistician and warden (Nuffield College, Oxford), dies at 97
  • Jan 18 Dick Halligan, American Grammy Award-winning jazz multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger (Blood, Sweat & Tears, 1967-72 - "Variations On A Theme By Erik Satie"), dies at 78
  • Jan 18 Francisco Gento, Spanish soccer winger (Spain 43 caps, Real Madrid 427 games) and manager (Grenada FC), dies at 88
  • Jan 18 Lusia Harris, American Basketball HOF center (AIAW C'ship & MVP 1975–77, Delta State University; Olympic silver 1976), dies at 66
  • Jan 18 Paavo Heininen, Finnish contemporary classical composer (Tritopos; Veitsi - The Knife), and pedagogue, dies at 84 [1]
  • Jan 18 Ron Franklin, American sportscaster (ESPN 1987-2011; ESPN College Football Primetime), dies at 79
  • Jan 19 Gaspard Ulliel, French actor (Hannibal Rising; Saint Laurent), dies from head injuries suffered in helmet-less skiing accident at 37
  • Jan 19 Gloria McMillan, American radio and television actress (Our Miss Brooks - "Harriet"), dies at 88
  • Jan 19 Hans-Jürgen Dörner, German soccer defender (96 caps; Dynamo Dresden 400 games) and manager (Werder Bremen), dies at 70
  • Jan 19 Nils Arne Eggen, Norwegian soccer defender (29 caps; Rosenborg, Vålerengen FC) and manager (Norway; Rosenborg), dies at 80
  • Jan 20 Bob Goalby, American golfer (US Masters 1968), dies at 92
  • Jan 20 Elza Soares, Brazilian samba and jazz singer, named one of the Singers of the Millennium by BBC Radio, dies at 91
  • Jan 20 Heidi Biebl, German alpine skier (Olympic gold women's downhill 1960), dies at 80

Meat Loaf (1947-2022)

Jan 20 American rock musician and singer-songwriter ("Bat Out of Hell"; Two Out of Three Ain't Bad"), dies at 74 [1]

  • Jan 21 Clark Gillies, Canadian Hockey HOF left wing (Stanley Cup 1980, 81, 82, 83 New York Islanders; Buffalo Sabres), dies of cancer at 67
  • Jan 21 Louie Anderson, American comedian, Emmy Award-winning actor (Baskets; Life With Louie; Coming To America), TV game show Host (Family Feud, 1999-2002), and writer, dies of cancer at 68
  • Jan 22 Antonio Fernández, Spanish soccer manager (CD Málaga), dies at 79
  • Jan 22 António Lima Pereira, Portuguese soccer central defender (20 caps; FC Porto), dies at 69
  • Jan 22 Don Wilson, American rock guitarist (The Ventures - "Hawaii 5-0 Theme"; "Walk, Don't Run"), dies at 88 [1]
  • Jan 22 Gianni Di Marzio, Italian soccer manager (Napoli, Catania, Genoa, Lecce, Palermo FC), dies at 82
  • Jan 22 Joe Yukica, American college football coach (University of New Hampshire, Boston College, Dartmouth College), dies at 90
  • Jan 22 Thích Nhất Hạnh [Nguyen Xuan Bao], Vietnamese Thiền Buddhist monk, teacher, peace activist, and writer (Love Letter to the Earth; The Art of Communicating), dies at 95 [1]
  • Jan 23 (Bobbe) "Beegie" Adair (née Long), American jazz and Nashville-based session pianist, and educator, dies at 84
  • Jan 23 Keto Losaberidze, Georgian archer (Olympic gold USSR women's individual 1980; World C'ship gold team 1973, 81), dies at 72
  • Jan 23 Thierry Mugler, French fashion designer, parfumeur, and bodybuilder, dies at 73
  • Jan 24 Aftab Baloch, Pakistan cricket batsman (2 Tests; 7th player to pass the 400 first class run milestone, 428 for Sind 1974), dies at 68
  • Jan 24 Szilveszter Csollány, Hungarian gymnast (Olympic gold rings 2000, silver 1996; World C'ship gold rings 2002), dies from COVID-19 at 51
  • Jan 25 Barry Cryer, British comic, writer (The Kenny Everett Show; Ross Abbot; The Two Ronnies), and actor (All You Need Is Cash), dies at 86
  • Jan 25 Esteban Edward Torres, American politician (Rep-D-CA, 1983-99), dies at 91
  • Jan 25 Heinz Werner Zimmermann, German contemporary sacred music composer (Prosalieder; Missa profana), and educator, dies at 91
  • Jan 25 Wim Jansen, Dutch soccer utility (65 caps; Feyenoord 415 games) and manager (SC Lokeren, Feyenoord, Celtic), dies from dementia at 75
  • Jan 26 (Clarence) "Bud" Brown, Jr, American politician (US Representative from Ohio, 1965-83), dies at 94
  • Jan 26 Janet Mead, Australian Catholic nun and pop-rock singer (The Lord's Prayer), dies of cancer at 84
  • Jan 27 Charanjit Singh, Indian field hockey captain (Olympic gold 1964, silver 1960), dies from a heart attack at 90
  • Jan 27 Diego Verdaguer [Miguel Boccadoro], Argentine-Mexican singer-songwriter, bandoneón player, and trumpeter ("Volveré"; "Voy a Conquistarte"), dies of COVID-19 complications at 70
  • Jan 28 Guy Laporte, French rugby union fly-half (16 Tests, Grand Slam 1986; SC Rieumois, SC Graulhet), dies from a heart attack at 69
  • Jan 29 Des Drummond, Jamaican rugby league winner (24 Tests Great Britain, 4 England; Leigh RLFC, Warrington RLFC), dies at 63
  • Jan 29 Howard Hesseman, American comic actor (WKRP in Cincinnati - "Dr. Johnny Fever"; Head of the Class), dies of colon surgery complications at 81 [1]
  • Jan 29 Ralph Mellanby, Canadian sportscaster / television producer (EP Hockey Night in Canada 1966-85; 5 x Emmy Awards various Olympic Games), dies at 87
  • Jan 29 Rashid Byramji, Indian thoroughbred trainer (3,170 winners/230 classics; Elusive Pimpernel 22/23 starts; Squanderer 18/19 starts; Indian Derby x 10), dies at 88
  • Jan 29 Sam Lay, American drummer and vocalist (Original Thunderbirds; Howlin' Wolf; Bob Dyan; Paul Butterfield), dies of heart issues at 86
  • Jan 30 Hargus “Pig” Robbins, American Nashville session piano player (Patsy Cline; Charlie Rich; Roger Miller; Bob Dylan; Ween), dies at 84 [1]
  • Jan 30 Jon Appleton, American electronic and electro-acoustic music composer, educator and co-developer of the Synclavier, dies at 83