On This Day

Historical Events in January 2014

  • Jan 1 Dutchman Michael van Gerwen wins his first PDC World Darts Championship beating Peter Wright of Scotland, 7-4; first time no Englishman in the final
  • Jan 1 100th Rose Bowl: #4 Michigan State beats #5 Stanford, 24-20
  • Jan 1 43rd Fiesta Bowl: #15 UCF beats #6 Baylor, 52-42
  • Jan 1 New Zealand cricket batsman Corey Anderson smashes a record century off just 36 balls in the Black Caps' 159 run ODI win over the West Indies in Queenstown; finishes on 131 not out off 47 balls
  • Jan 2 30 people are killed after a bus plunges off a cliff and falls 400 ft in Malshej Ghat, India

Historic Event

Jan 2 Raúl Castro gives a speech commemorating the 55th anniversary of the Cuban revolution and warns of "neo-liberal and neo-colonial thinking" entering the country

  • Jan 2 80th Sugar Bowl: #11 Oklahoma beats #3 Alabama, 45-31
  • Jan 3 Cambodian garment workers go on strike demanding a wage increase
  • Jan 3 80th Orange Bowl: #12 Clemson beats #7 Ohio State, 40-35
  • Jan 3 Tommy Lynn Sells is executed at Texas State Penitentiary, Huntsville, for the murder of nine-year-old Mary Perez, thought to have committed 21 more murders
  • Jan 4 14 people are killed after a three-story building construction site collapses in Goa, India
  • Jan 4 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: France wins first title; Alizé Cornet & Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Poland's Agnieszka Radwańska & Grzegorz Panfil 6-0, 6-2 to clinch 2-1 victory

Historic Event

Jan 6 Truce begins between Free Syrian Army and forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in northern Damascus

  • Jan 6 College Football, 16th BCS National Championship, Rose Bowl, Pasadena: #1 Florida State beats #2 Auburn, 34-31
  • Jan 7 Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina wins re-election in Bangladesh general election

Film and TV Awards

Jan 8 40th People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Sandra Bullock win (Movie Star) and Josh Charles & Stana Katić win (Dramatic TV)

  • Jan 8 First known interstellar meteor to ever hit Earth - CNEOS 2014-01-08 crash lands in Papua New Guinea [1]
  • Jan 9 5 people are killed in a Mitsubishi Materials chemical plant, Yokkaichi, Japan
  • Jan 9 Yaya Toure wins African Footballer of the Year
  • Jan 9 Taliban suicide car bomb assassinates senior police officer Chaudhry Aslam and kills three others in Pakistan, Pakistan

Music Concert

Jan 11 During a concert in Maui, Mick Fleetwood announces that Christine McVie would be rejoining Fleetwood Mac

  • Jan 12 Stephen Bunting and Lisa Ashton win the 2014 BDO World Darts Championship

Television Debut

Jan 12 "True Detective", a crime-drama starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, debuts on HBO

Golden Globes

Jan 12 Woody Allen receives the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards

  • Jan 12 71st Golden Globes: "12 Years a Slave", Matthew McConaughey, & Cate Blanchett win
  • Jan 13 14 people are killed and 7 are injured after an explosion in an illegal gambling hall in Kaili City, China

Football Awards

Jan 13 FIFA Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid & Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo ends Lionel Messi's domination of award; FFC Frankfurt goalkeeper Nadine Angerer takes women's award

  • Jan 14 American journalist David Satter is expelled from Russia

Album Release

Jan 14 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen's 18th studio album "High Hopes", produced with members of the E Street Band, including the deceased Danny Federici and Clarence Clemons

Album Release

Jan 14 Blue Note Records releases singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash's critically acclaimed thirteenth album "The River & The Thread"; produced by her husband John Leventhal, it wins 3 Grammy Awards

  • Jan 15 LA Dodgers sign pitcher Clayton Kershaw to the biggest deal in baseball history, a 7-year, $215 million package averaging $30.7 million per season
  • Jan 16 19th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: 12 Years a Slave wins Best Film
  • Jan 17 21 people are killed in a suicide bombing in a restaurant in Kabul, Afghanistan
  • Jan 19 AFC Championship, Mile High Stadium, Denver: Denver Broncos beat New England Patriots, 26-16

NFC Championship

Jan 19 NFC Championship, CenturyLink Field, Seattle: Seattle Seahawks beat San Francisco 49ers, 23-17

  • Jan 20 Credit cards of at least 20 million South Koreans are hacked
  • Jan 22 Water vapour is detected on the dwarf planet Ceres

Australian Open Women's Tennis

Jan 25 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Li Na of China becomes first Asian Australian champion; beats Dominika Cibulková of Slovakia 7-6, 6-0

Grammy Awards

Jan 26 56th Grammy Awards: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Lorde, and Daft Punk win

  • Jan 26 21 people are killed after a tourist boat capsizes off the Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Australian Men's Tennis Open

Jan 26 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland wins his first major title; beats Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3

  • Jan 26 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: Team Rice beats Team Sanders, 22-21; MVPs: Nick Foles, Philadelphia, QB; Derrick Johnson, KC Chiefs, LB
  • Jan 26 30th Sundance Film Festival: "Whiplash", directed by Damien Chazelle, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • Jan 28 Peter Cosgrove is named the next Governor-General of Australia
  • Jan 28 DNA analysis confirms that the 6th century Plague of Justinian was caused by a variant of Yersinia pestis (the same bacteria for the Black Death)
  • Jan 29 Archaeologists discover the oldest Roman Temple (6th C BC) at Sant’Omobono
  • Jan 29 Scientists discover how to convert normal cells into stem cells in mice
  • Jan 29 Bohuslav Sobotka becomes Prime Minister of the Czech Republic
  • Jan 29 Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the 1st non-Spanish player to captain Real Madrid, making his 500th appearance for the club
  • Jan 30 24 hostages are killed after 6 suicide bombers temporarily take over the Iraqi Ministry of Transportation in Baghdad