On This Day

January 2008 in History

Events in History

  • 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 8 New Jersey officially apologizes for slavery, becoming the first Northern state to do so.
  • Jan 14 MESSENGER spacecraft performs a Mercury flyby
  • 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

Deaths in History

  • Jan 1 Salvatore Bonanno, American mafioso & son of crime boss Joseph Bonanno, dies of a heart attack at 75
  • Jan 1 Pratap Chandra Chunder, Indian union minister, dies at 88
  • Jan 1 Harold Corsini, American photographer, dies from a stroke at 88
  • Jan 2 Galyani Vadhana, Princess of Naradhiwas, dies at 84
  • Jan 2 George MacDonald Fraser, British poet & author (Flashman at the Charge), dies at 82
  • Jan 2 Lee S. Dreyfus, American politician, dies at 81
  • Jan 3 Werner Dollinger, German politician and economist (b. 1918)
  • Jan 4 Joyce Carlson, American artist (b. 1923)
  • Jan 4 Xavier Chamorro Cardenal, Nicaraguan print editor (b. 1932)
  • Jan 4 Jimmy Nah, Singapore celebrity (b. 1968)
  • Jan 7 Alwyn Schlebusch, South African vice state president (b. 1917)
  • Jan 9 William Quinn, Irish Republican Army soldier (b. 1950)
  • Jan 9 Mehran Ghassemi, Iranian journalist (b. 1977)
  • Jan 9 John Harvey-Jones, English businessman and chairman of ICI (1982-87), dies at 83
  • Jan 10 Mikhail Minin, Russian Soviet soldier (b. 1922)
  • Jan 11 Carl Karcher, founded the Carl's Jr. hamburger chain (b. 1917)

Person of interestEdmund Hillary

Jan 11 Edmund Hillary, New Zealand mountaineer/1st to climb Mt Everest in 1953, dies from a heart attack at 88

Mountaineer and Explorer Edmund Hillary
Mountaineer and Explorer
Edmund Hillary
  • Jan 14 Judah Folkman, Surgeon that developed Angiogenesis (b. 1933)
  • Jan 15 Mark Haigh-Hutchinson, English Game Designer (Zombies Ate My Neighbors), dies of cancer (b. 1964)
  • Jan 18 John Stroger, first African-American Cook County Board President (b. 1929)
  • Jan 21 Pam Barrett, Canadian politician (b. 1953)
  • Jan 21 Marie Smith Jones, last native speaker of the Eyak language (b. 1918)
  • Jan 22 Miles Lerman, Polish-American activist (b. 1920)
  • Jan 24 J. Robert Hooper, American politician, dies at 71
  • Jan 26 Viktor Schreckengost, American industrial designer, dies at 101
  • Jan 27 Gordon B. Hinckley, American religious leader, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1995-2008), dies at 97

Person of interestSuharto

Jan 27 Suharto, 2nd President of Indonesia (1967-98), dies at 86

2nd President of Indonesia Suharto
2nd President of Indonesia
Suharto
  • Jan 27 Louie Welch, mayor of Houston (b. 1918)
  • Jan 28 Christodoulos, Archbishop of Athens and All Greece (b. 1939)
  • Jan 28 Bengt Lindström, Swedish artist, dies at 82
  • Jan 29 Raymond Jacobs, American soldier (b. 1925)
  • Jan 30 Marcial Maciel, Mexican religious leader (b. 1920)
  • Jan 31 Zeltim Odie Peterson, famous pug (b. 1997)