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Events in History in January 2019

  • Jan 1 Qatar withdraws from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) after 57 years of membership
  • Jan 1 Same-sex marriage becomes legal in Austria

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Jan 1 Jair Bolsonaro begins his 4 year term as President of Brazil

President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro
President of Brazil
Jair Bolsonaro
  • Jan 1 Qatar introduces a 100% tax on alcohol and other "health-damaging goods", doubling the price of alcohol, tobacco, energy drinks and pork in the oil-rich, predominantly Muslim nation
  • Jan 1 Millions of women create a 300 mile 'Women's Wall' across state of Kerala, India, in support of women's access to temple of Sabarimala

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Jan 2 Apple CEO Tim Cook blames below expectation Chinese iPhone sales for downturn in company's outlook, rocking international stock markets

CEO of Apple Tim Cook
CEO of Apple
Tim Cook
  • Jan 2 Two women become the first to ever enter India's Sabarimala shrine in Kerala State, after law change, prompting protests
  • Jan 3 Archaeologists in Mexico announce discovery of pre-Aztec temple to god Xipe Tótec in Puebla state (dated 900-1150 AD)
  • Jan 3 Chinese Chang'e-4 spacecraft becomes the first ever to touch down on the far side of the Moon

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jan 3 116th US Congress convenes in Washington, D.C., electing Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House of Representatives for the second time

US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
US Speaker of the House
Nancy Pelosi
  • Jan 4 Thailand's worst storm in 30 years, Tropical Storm Pabuk makes landfall on country's east coast
  • Jan 5 Orthodox Church of Ukraine granted independence from the Russian Orthodox Church by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
  • Jan 5 Chinese government report predicts China's population will peak at 1.44 billion in 2029 before declining
  • Jan 6 Record $3.1 million (333.6 million yen) price for giant bluefin tuna at Tokyo's Toyosu fish market bought by sushi restaurant owner Kiyoshi Kimura
  • Jan 6 Malaysian king Sultan Muhammad V abdicates after two years of rule in historic first
  • Jan 7 Attempted coup in Gabon fails after rebel soldiers overtake national radio station in Libreville

  • Jan 7 Tennessee woman Cyntoia Brown, convicted for murdering a man aged 16, granted clemency by Governor Bill Haslam
  • Jan 7 College Football, National Championship, Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara: #2 Clemson beats #1 Alabama, 44-16
  • Jan 7 Amazon overtakes Microsoft to become the world's most valuable listed company for the first time, worth $797 billion
  • Jan 9 Car manufacture Hyundai unveils a model of a proposed walking car, for first responders, in Las Vegas

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Jan 9 US President Donald Trump makes Oval Office address live on TV over government shutdown and border wall

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Jan 9 California's monarch butterfly count drops by 86% according to 2018 census
  • Jan 10 Canadian astronomers report fast radio bursts (FRBs) of probable extragalactic origin, one repeating six times at the CHIME observatory, British Columbia
  • Jan 10 Opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi proclaimed winner in Democratic Republic of the Congo presidency elections in a disputed result
  • Jan 10 Oceans warming faster than previous thought due to fossil fuel burning, according to data published in journal "Science"
  • Jan 10 13 year-old Jayme Closs escapes her kidnapper after 3 months in captivity in Wisconsin
  • Jan 12 18 year-old Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun arrives in Toronto, Canada, as a refugee, via Thailand, after escaping family abuse in Saudi Arabia
  • Jan 14 US President Donald Trump denies he is a Russian agent after NY Times article states the FBI started an investigation and the Washington Post raised issues over a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin
  • Jan 14 China posts shock drop in trade figures with a 4.4% fall in exports for December and a 7.6% fall in imports
  • Jan 14 Pawel Adamowicz, Mayor of Gdańsk, Poland, stabbed on stage at charity event. Dies two days later.
  • Jan 14 US Republican leaders strip Congressman Steve King from House committees after series of racist comments
  • Jan 14 Americans chance of dying from an accidental opioid overdose higher than a car accident for the first time, according to US National Safety Council
  • Jan 14 Spinning disk of ice 300m wide, resembling the moon, forms in the Presumpscot river, Westbrook, Maine
  • Jan 15 LGBTQ activists accuse the Russian republic of Chechnya of a new gay purge with 40 detained and two killed

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Jan 15 Theresa May's Brexit deal with the EU is rejected by UK parliament 432 votes to 202, largest parliamentary defeat in its democratic era

British Prime Minister Theresa May
British Prime Minister
Theresa May
  • Jan 15 Beginning of humanity's largest gathering, the Kumbh Mela Hindu festival with 15 million people bathing at the joining of Ganges and Yamuna rivers, India. 120 million expected over next 49 days.

Person of InterestEl Chapo Finally Recaptured

Jan 15 Witness in El Chapo trial claims former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto accepted $100 million bribe from the drug cartel head
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Mexican drug lord Joaquín
Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán in American custody after being extradited to the United States
  • Jan 15 Bomb blast and gunfight at DusitD2 hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, leaves at least 21 dead with militants group claiming responsibility al-Shabab
  • Jan 15 Chinese scientists confirm they have germinated a cotton seed on the moon on board the Chang’e 4 lander
  • Jan 15 A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie tops US album chart with album "Hoodie Szn" selling a record low 823 copies of just digital sales.
  • Jan 15 Plastic will outweigh fish in the world's oceans by 2050 according to report by the World Economic Forum
  • Jan 16 Australian Bureau of Meteorology tweets last four days were the country's hottest on record with Tarcoola, South Australia, reaching 49 C (120 F), Port Augusta 48.5 C (119 F)
  • Jan 16 UK Prime Minister Theresa May wins vote of no confidence in her government 325 to 306
  • Jan 16 Egyptian city Cairo is engulfed by a sandstorm turning it orange
  • Jan 16 Explosion by a suicide bomber aimed at US-led coalition forces at a market in Manjib, Syria, kills about 18 including four Americans
  • Jan 16 UN says at least 890 killed in ethnic violence in the western Democratic Republic of Congo in December, with 465 building destroyed, delaying the presidential election
  • Jan 17 China executes Cai Dongjia, the country's "godfather of crystal meth" from Boshe, Guangdong
  • Jan 17 Indian spiritual leader Ram Rahim Singh and two aides sentenced to life in prison for murdering journalist who exposed sexual abuse at the sect
  • Jan 17 Car bomb in Bogota, Colombia, outside the National Police Academy kills at least 8 and injures 41
  • Jan 21 A light aircraft carrying EPL team Cardiff City's record signing Emiliano Sala of French club FC Nantes disappears near the Channel islands en route to Wales

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Jan 23 Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido declares himself acting President amid widespread violent protests against President Nicolas Maduro's regime

Venezuelan Politician Juan Guaidó
Venezuelan Politician
Juan Guaidó
President of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro
President of Venezuela
Nicolás Maduro
  • Jan 23 US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi disinvites President Donald Trump from making a State of the Union address in Congress citing government shutdown
  • Jan 23 New record for most expensive US property, $238 million for penthouse condominium overlooking Central Park, NY, bought by hedge fund billionaire Ken Griffin
  • Jan 24 US government recognises Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country's President
  • Jan 24 17 temperature records broken in South Australia including highest ever recorded for capital Adelaide at 46.6C
  • Jan 25 Longest-ever US government shutdown ends after 35 days when President Donald Trump agrees to three week of negotiations on border security by a House-Senate conference committee
  • Jan 25 At least 20 people have died this week in Venezuelan anti-government protests according to the UN
  • Jan 25 Tailing dam for an iron ore mine in Brumadinho, south-eastern Brazil, collapses killing at least 110 with 238 missing
  • Jan 25 Roger Stone, political lobbyist for Donald Trump is arrested as part of Mueller investigation for obstruction of justice, witness tampering and making false statements
  • Jan 26 Five people shot and killed in domestic deputes in Louisiana, a 21- year old gunman arrested a day later
  • Jan 27 Two bombs at a Roman Catholic cathedral on Jolo Island, southern, Philippines kills 20, Islamic State claims responsibility
  • Jan 27 Tornado strikes Havana, Cuba, killing three and injuring 172
  • Jan 27 Landslide kills 15 at a wedding party in a hotel in Abancay, Peru
  • Jan 28 US Justice Department charges Chinese firm Huawei with bank and wire fraud
  • Jan 28 Draft framework for peace agreement to end 17-year conflict in Afghanistan agreed by US and Afghan negotiators
  • Jan 29 Toronto landscaper Bruce McArthur admits in court to the murder of eight gay men
  • Jan 29 Empire star Jussie Smollett suffers suspected racist and homophobic attack in Chicago
  • Jan 29 Iranian city Tehran bans dog walking in public and driving with dogs
  • Jan 29 Approaching polar vortex prompts state of emergency to be declared in Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Alabama and Mississippi
  • Jan 29 US Postal Service suspends deliveries to ten states due to severity of the polar vortex
  • Jan 29 Norwegian government proposes building a floating road tunnel as part of a new roadway between Kristians and Trondheim
  • Jan 30 Russian Senator Rauf Arashukov arrested within parliament on two murder charges
  • Jan 30 Continuous 24 hr church mass lasting 97 days to prevent deportation of Armenian asylum seekers ends after Dutch authorities reconsider at Protestant Bethel Church in The Hague
  • Jan 30 Peter Paul Rubens’s 1608 drawing "Nude Study of Young Man with Raised Arms" sells for $8.2 million at auction in New York
  • Jan 30 Scientists reveal discovery of cavity six miles long, 1,000 feet deep under Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica, leading to fears it might collapse and raise sea levels by two feet
  • Jan 31 Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah crowned King of Malaysia to serve a five-year term
  • Jan 31 Leaked Indian government reports says unemployment rate at 6.1% highest since 1972-73, up from 2.2% in 2011-12
  • Jan 31 New government in Lebanon finally formed by Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri nine months after elections
  • Jan 31 Colonization of the America's in the late 1500s killed so many people it cooled the planet and led to a "Little Ice Age", according to a scientific report published in "Quaternary Science Reviews"
  • Jan 31 US border agency seizes its biggest ever fentanyl bust, nearly 254 pounds hidden in Tractor-trailer in Nogales, Arizona
  • Jan 31 At least 20 newborns and children have died in last two months of the cold, trying to get to the Al-Ho Syrian refugee camp according to WHO
  • Jan 31 Catholic leaders in Texas name 286 priests and others accused of sexually abusing children, dating back to 1940