On This Day

Historical Events in January 2012

  • Jan 2 98th Rose Bowl: #6 Oregon beats #9 Wisconsin, 45-38
  • Jan 2 41st Fiesta Bowl: #3 Oklahoma State beats #4 Stanford, 41-38 (OT)
  • Jan 2 Englishman Adrian Lewis retains his PDC World Darts Championship with a 7-3 win over Andy Hamilton at the Alexandra Palace, London
  • Jan 3 78th Sugar Bowl: #13 Michigan beats #11 Virginia Tech, 23-20
  • Jan 4 78th Orange Bowl: #23 West Virginia beats #14 Clemson, 70-33
  • Jan 6 A suicide bomber blows himself up at a police station in Damascus, Syria, killing 26 people and wounding 63
  • Jan 7 Hot air balloon crashes in Carterton, New Zealand, killing 11
  • Jan 7 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Tomáš Berdych beats Frenchman Richard Gasquet 7-6, 6-4 for an unassailable 2-0 lead; 2nd title for Czech Republic
  • Jan 8 "The 3:16 Game" AFC Wild Card Playof, underdogs Denver Broncos defeat Pittsburgh Steelers 29–23 with Tim Tebow connecting with Demaryius Thomas on an 80-yard touchdown pass on first scrimmage play of overtime

Sport awardFootball Awards

Jan 9 FIFA Ballon d'Or: Barcelona forward Lionel Messi wins award for a record 3rd consecutive year; Japanese midfielder Homare Sawa wins women's award

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi
  • Jan 9 College Football, 14th BCS National Championship, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans: #2 Alabama beats #1 LSU, 21-0
  • Jan 9 "Time is Love" single released by Josh Turner (Billboard Song of the Year 2012)

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 11 38th People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Emma Stone win (Movie Star) and Nathan Fillion & Nina Dobrev win (TV Drama)

Actress Emma Stone
Actress
Emma Stone
Actor Johnny Depp
Actor
Johnny Depp
  • Jan 12 17th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: The Artist wins Best Film
  • Jan 13 Italian cruiseliner Costa Concordia runs aground at Isola de Giglio, Italy, causing 32 deaths
  • Jan 14 Suicide bomber kills 53 and injures 130 in Basra, Iraq

  • Jan 14 Ma Ying-jeou wins re-election as President of the Republic of China with 51% of the vote

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

Jan 15 69th Golden Globes: "The Descendants," George Clooney & Meryl Streep win

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Jan 17 LeBron James becomes youngest player in NBA history to record 20,000 career points during the Miami Heat's 92-75 victory over Golden State; James, 28 years, 17 days, passes Kobe Bryant, 29 years, 122 days

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James
  • Jan 18 Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) blackout becomes the largest protest in the history of the internet
  • Jan 19 FBI shuts down Megaupload.com for alleged copyright infringement, hacker group Anonymous responds by attacking government and entertainment industry websites
  • Jan 22 AFC Championship, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough: New England Patriots beat Baltimore Ravens, 23-20
  • Jan 22 NFC Championship, Candlestick Park, SF: New York Giants beat San Francisco 49ers, 20-17 (OT)
  • Jan 23 European Union agrees to embargo Iranian oil in protest against Iran's alleged nuclear weapons program
  • Jan 28 Death toll from coordinated bombing attacks in Kano, Nigeria, reaches 185

Sport awardAustralian Open Women's Tennis

Jan 28 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Victoria Azarenka becomes first Belarusian player to win Grand Slam singles title; beats Maria Sharapova of Russia 6-3, 6-0

Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova
  • Jan 29 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 59-41; MVP: Brandon Marshall, Miami Dolphins, WR

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

Jan 29 100th Australian Open Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković beats Rafael Nadal 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5; longest Grand Slam singles final in duration in the Open Era, 5 hours 53 minutes

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal
  • Jan 29 59th NHL All-Star Game, Scotiabank Place, Ottawa: Team Chara beats Team Alfredsson, 12-9; Marián Gáborík, NY Rangers, LW
  • Jan 29 28th Sundance Film Festival: "The House I Live In", directed by Eugene Jarecki, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 29 American snowboarder Shaun White achieves the first ever SuperPipe perfect score (100) in Winter X Games history

Snowboarder Shaun White
Snowboarder
Shaun White

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jan 31 Leonard Cohen releases his album "Old Ideas", becomes No.1 in 10 countries

Singer-songwriter and writer Leonard Cohen
Singer-songwriter and writer
Leonard Cohen