Historical Events in January 2016

  • Jan 1 After floods along the Mississippi River kill 31, Exxon Mobil Corp decides to close a plant in flood threatened Memphis
  • Jan 1 Dubai skyscraper "The Address" burns as the New Year is rung in. Fire started on the 31st.
  • Jan 2 Saudi Arabia executes 47 alleged terrorists, including Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr
  • Jan 3 Jimmy Butler breaks Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls record for points in an NBA half, scoring 40 of his 42 points in the second half to lead the Bulls in a 115-113 victory over the Toronto Raptors
  • Jan 3 Scotsman Gary Anderson retains his PDC World Darts Championship beating Adrian Lewis of England, 7-5 at the Alexandra Palace, London
  • Jan 4 Colombo's Gemology Institute certifies world's largest ever blue star sapphire at 1404.49 carats, found in a Sri Lankan mine in August 2015
  • Jan 5 First batsman to ever score 1000 runs in a single innings in cricket - 15 year-old Mumbai schoolboy Pranav Dhanawade is 1009 not out

Music History

Jan 6 "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" breaks North American box office record, passing the $760.5M taken by "Avatar"

Historic Event

Jan 6 Governor of California Jerry Brown declares state of emergency over methane gas leak on outskirts of Los Angeles

  • Jan 6 North Korea states that they have successfully conducted their fourth nuclear test, saying it was a hydrogen bomb in a claim disputed by most international experts

Album Release

Jan 8 ISO/Columbia Records/Sony Music release David Bowie's 26th and final studio album "Blackstar" on his 69th birthday; enters charts in US and UK at #1

El Chapo Finally Recaptured

Jan 8 Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announces the recapture of drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, six months after he escaped prison

  • Jan 9 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Australian Nick Kyrgios beats Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 6-3, 6-4 for an unassailable 2-0 lead and the home nation's second title

Golden Globes

Jan 10 73rd Golden Globes: "The Revenant", "The Martian", Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson win

  • Jan 11 College Football National Championship, University of Phoenix Stadium: #2 Alabama beats #1 Clemson, 45-40

Ballon d'Or

Jan 11 FIFA Ballon d'Or: Barcelona forward Lionel Messi wins his record 5th award with 41.33% of the votes; American midfielder Carli Lloyd is Women's World Player of the Year

  • Jan 13 Record Powerball lottery held in America - $1.6 billion, (3 winning tickets)
  • Jan 14 Sixth republican presidential candidates debate hosted by Fox, held in North Charleston, South Carolina
  • Jan 15 American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan unveils newest exhibit replica skeleton of a Titanosaur dinosaur (found 2010 Argentina), largest known dinosaur at 70 tons, 37m
  • Jan 15 Islamist militants attack a hotel in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso killing 28, injuring 56
  • Jan 16 First ever flower grown in space - a zinnia aboard the International Space Station using NASA Veggie system

Historic Event

Jan 17 Fourth Democratic presidential candidates debate: Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders clash over healthcare and gun control in Charleston, South Carolina

  • Jan 18 World's 62 richest people are now as wealthy as half the world's population according to a report published by Oxfam
  • Jan 19 China's economic growth revealed as lowest for 25 years - 6.9% in 2015

Historic Event

Jan 19 Sarah Palin officially endorses Donald Trump's presidential bid at a Trump rally in Ames, Iowa

  • Jan 22 Winter storm conditions strand 500 motorists for 24 hours in Somerset and Bedford counties, about 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, on the Pennsylvania Turnpike

Historic Event

Jan 23 8 museum workers from Egyptian Museum, Cairo referred for prosecution for reattaching Tutankhamun's beard with inappropriate glue

  • Jan 23 Category 5 blizzard delivers record 3ft of snow to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast US, killing 55 and incurring estimated $500m - $3bn economic losses
  • Jan 23 Zika virus outbreak in Brazil prompts Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador and Jamaica to recommend women delay pregnancies for up to 2 years
  • Jan 24 AFC Championship, Mile High Stadium, Denver, CO: Denver Broncos beat New England Patriots, 20-18
  • Jan 24 NFC Championship, Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC: Carolina Panthers beat Arizona Cardinals, 49-15
  • Jan 24 TV drama "The X-Files" returns after 13 years, reuniting lead actors David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson and produced again by Chris Carter
  • Jan 25 British rowing team becomes first female crew and first crew of four to cross the Pacific, San Francisco to Cairns in 257 days
  • Jan 26 Cold snap across East Asia leads to more than 50 deaths and 60,000 travellers stranded in South Korea
  • Jan 26 Leader of Oregon militia occupying Malheur wildlife refuge arrested and another killed in shoot-out with Federal agents
  • Jan 27 On This Day receives its second substantial face-lift, courtesy of a fresh new website design and brand by design studio Fhoke. Dedicated history and film and television channels are launched alongside the new design.
  • Jan 28 Seventh Republican presidential candidates debate hosted by Fox, held in Des Moines, Iowa

Australian Open Women's Tennis

Jan 30 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Angelique Kerber of Germany wins her first major title; beats Serena Williams 6-4, 3-6, 6-4

  • Jan 30 Boko Haram militants on motorcycles attack Dalori village near Maiduguri, Nigeria, killing at least 65 and injuring 136
  • Jan 31 "World's best chef" French-Swiss Benoît Violier found dead after apparent suicide weeks after being named world's best by La Liste
  • Jan 31 61st NHL All Star Games, Bridgestone Centre, Nashville, TN: Pacific Division All Stars win four-team 3-on-3 tournament; MVP: John Scott, San Jose, LW

Australian Men's Tennis Open

Jan 31 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković retains Championship for his record-equaling 6th Australian title; beats Andy Murray 6-1, 7-5, 7-6

NFL Pro Bowl

Jan 31 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: Team Irvin beats Team Rice, 49-27; MVPs: Russell Wilson, Seattle, QB; Michael Bennett, Seattle, DE