Historical Events in January 2009

  • Jan 1 Slovakia officially adopts the Euro currency and becomes the sixteenth Eurozone country.
  • Jan 1 61 die in nightclub fire in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Jan 1 The government of the Republic of China adopts Hanyu Pinyin as its official Chinese romanization (before this time, the most commonly used was Tongyong Pinyin.
  • Jan 1 95th Rose Bowl: #5 Southern California beats #6 Penn State, 38-24
  • Jan 1 75th Orange Bowl: #21 Virginia Tech beats #12 Cincinnati, 20-7
  • Jan 2 75th Sugar Bowl: #6 Utah beats #4 Alabama, 31-17
  • Jan 3 Israeli ground forces invade Gaza.
  • Jan 4 Phil Taylor, with a 7–1 victory in the final over Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld wins his 12th PDC World Darts title, his 14th in all; his 110.94 average remains a record for the PDC World Championship final
  • Jan 5 38th Fiesta Bowl: #3 Texas beats #10 Ohio State, 24-21
  • Jan 6 Israel begins an assault on the Gaza Strip

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 6 Dakota Fanning receives the Rising Star Award at the 20th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 7 35th People's Choice Awards: Will Smith & Reese Witherspoon win (Movie Star) and Hugh Laurie & Christina Applegate win (TV)

  • Jan 8 A 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit Costa Rica´s region of Volcan Poás, with an epicenter near Cinchona. It was caused by Varablanca-Angel fault.
  • Jan 8 14th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: Slumdog Millionaire wins Best Film
  • Jan 8 College Football, 11th BCS National Championship, Dolphin Stadium, Miami Gardens: #2 Florida beats #1 Oklahoma, 24-14
  • Jan 9 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Dominik Hrbatý beats Russia's Marat Safin 6-7, 7-5, 7-6 for an unassailable 2-0 lead, and Slovakia's 3rd title

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 11 66th Golden Globes: Slumdog Millionaire, Mickey Rourke, Kate Winslet win

Actress Kate Winslet
Actress
Kate Winslet

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 12 Cristiano Ronaldo is awarded 2008 FIFA World Player of the Year for the first time at a ceremony in Zurich

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Jan 13 Global shipping experiences a drop in trade, as exports from South Korea dropping an annualised 30%, with Taiwan and Japan experiencing a 42% and 27% drop respectively

Historic CommunicationMiracle on the Hudson

Jan 15 Chesley Sullenberger lands US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport in NYC. All passengers and crew members survive in what becomes known as the "Miracle on the Hudson"
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  • Jan 18 AFC Championship, Heinz Field, Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Baltimore Ravens, 23-14
  • Jan 18 NFC Championship, University of Phoenix Stadium: Arizona Cardinals beat Philadelphia Eagles, 32-25

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 20 Barack Obama, inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States of America, becomes the United States' first African-American president

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 20 Joe Biden assumes the office of the Vice President of the United States

47th Vice President of the United States Joe Biden
47th Vice President of the United States
Joe Biden
  • Jan 23 Dendermonde nursery attack occurred in Dendermonde, Belgium.
  • Jan 23 UK officially enters recession as GDP falls by 1.5% in the last quarter of 2008 following a 0.6% drop in the third quarter, with unemployment growing by 131,000 to 1.92 million (6.1%)

BeatificationExcommunication

Jan 24 Pope Benedict XVI rescinds the excommunications of four bishops consecrated without papal consent in 1988 by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre.

265th Pope Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • Jan 25 57th NHL All-Star Game, Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec: East beats West, 12-11, SO; MVP: Alexei Kovalev, Montreal Canadiens, RW
  • Jan 25 25th Sundance Film Festival: "Precious" based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire" wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Music releaseMusic Single

Jan 26 "Blame It (On the Alcohol)" single released by Jamie Foxx featuring T-Pain (Billboard Song of the Year 2009)

Actor and Singer-Songwriter Jamie Foxx
Actor and Singer-Songwriter
Jamie Foxx
  • Jan 26 "I Run to You" single by Lady Antebellum is released (Grammy Award Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal 2009, Billboard Song of the Year 2009)
  • Jan 29 Rod Blagojevich, the Governor of Illinois, is removed from office after being convicted of corruption charges
  • Jan 31 In Kenya, at least 113 people are killed and over 200 injured following an oil spillage ignition in Molo, days after a massive fire at a Nakumatt supermarket in Nairobi killed at least 25 people.

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 31 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams wins 10th Grand Slam singles title; outclasses Dinara Safina of Russia 6-0, 6-3

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams