Historical Events in January 2008

  • 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 1 94th Rose Bowl: #6 Southern California beats #13 Illinois, 49-17
  • Jan 1 74th Sugar Bowl: #5 Georgia beats #10 Hawai'i, 41-10
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
  • 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
  • Jan 8 New Jersey officially apologizes for slavery, becoming the first Northern state to do so.

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

NFL Head Coach and NASCAR Team Owner Joe Gibbs
NFL Head Coach and NASCAR Team Owner
Joe Gibbs

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

Jan 13 65th Golden Globes (announced): Atonement, Daniel Day-Lewis, & Julie Christie win

  • 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

United <b>Nations</b>United Nations

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

  • 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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

  • 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

Sport awardTennis Open

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

Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova

Sport awardAustralian 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

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