Historical Events in January 2008

  • Jan 1 74th Sugar Bowl: #5 Georgia beats #10 Hawai'i, 41-10
  • Jan 1 94th Rose Bowl: #6 Southern California beats #13 Illinois, 49-17
  • Jan 1 A New Hampshire law legalizing civil unions for same-sex couples comes into effect.
  • Jan 1 Malta and Cyprus officially adopt the Euro currency and become the fourteenth and fifteenth Eurozone countries.
  • Jan 2 37th Fiesta Bowl: #11 West Virginia beats #3 Oklahoma, 48-28
  • Jan 3 74th Orange Bowl: #8 Kansas beats #5 Virginia Tech, 24-21

Hopman Cup

Jan 4 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Americans Serena Williams & Mardy Fish beat Serbian pair Novak Đoković & Jelena Janković 7-6, 6-2 for an unassailable 2-0 lead, and the 5th US title

  • Jan 7 13th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: "No Country for Old Men" wins Best Film
  • Jan 7 College Football, 10th BCS National Championship Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans: #2 LSU beats #1 Ohio State, 38-24

Film and TV Awards

Jan 8 34th People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Reese Witherspoon win (Movie Star) and Patrick Dempsey & Katherine Heigl win (TV)

Sports History

Jan 8 Joe Gibbs retires, for the second time, as head coach of the Washington Redskins

  • Jan 8 New Jersey officially apologizes for slavery, becoming the first Northern state to do so.
  • Jan 13 Orlando Magic knock down a then NBA-record 23 3-pointers in 37 attempts (62.2%); Jameer Nelson goes 5-for-5 from beyond the arc as Magic beat the Sacramento Kings, 139-107
  • Jan 14 MESSENGER spacecraft performs a Mercury flyby
  • Jan 15 Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority members celebrate 100th anniversary by donating $1 million to scholarship funds at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

United Nations

Jan 18 The United Nations announce George Clooney as a UN messenger of peace

Film & TV History

Jan 20 "Breaking Bad", created by Vince Gilligan and starring Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul premieres on AMC

  • Jan 20 AFC Championship, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough: New England Patriots beat San Diego Chargers, 21-12
  • Jan 20 NFC Championship, Lambeau Field, Green Bay: New York Giants beat Green Bay Packers, 23-20 (OT)
  • Jan 21 Black Monday in worldwide stock markets. FTSE 100 had its biggest ever one-day points fall, European stocks closed with their worst result since 9/11, and Asian stocks drop as much as 15%.
  • Jan 21 The Eyak language in Alaska becomes extinct as its last native speaker dies

Australian Open Women's Tennis

Jan 26 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Russian Maria Sharapova wins her first and only Australian title; beats Ana Ivanović of Serbia 7-5, 6-3

  • Jan 27 24th Sundance Film Festival: "Frozen River", directed by Courtney Hunt, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • Jan 27 56th NHL All-Star Game, Phillips Arena, Atlanta, GA: Eastern Conference beats Western Conference, 8-7; MVP: Eric Staal, Carolina, C

Australian Men's Tennis Open

Jan 27 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković beats Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 to become first Serbian player to win a Grand Slam title