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Events in History in January 2020

  • Jan 1 Pro-Iranian protesters end siege of US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq
  • Jan 3 US drone strike kills top Iranian security and intelligence commander, Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani outside Baghdad airport in Iraq
  • Jan 4 Australian bushfires death toll reaches 23 as PM Scott Morrison announces national defense force will be employed to help fight the more than 200 fires, amid criticism of his leadership
  • Jan 4 Floods and landslides caused by torrential rain in Jakarta, Indonesia, kill at least 53
  • Jan 5 Iran pulls out of the 2015 nuclear deal, will not limit its uranium enrichment
  • Jan 7 6.4 magnitude earthquake in Puerto Rico, island's largest in a century, followed by many aftershocks kill 1 person and destroy 800 homes
  • Jan 8 Iran launches missile strike on Irbil and Al Asad bases in Iraqi housing some American troops in retaliation to assassination of General Qasem Soleimani
  • Jan 8 Ukrainian Boeing 737-800 crashes just after take-off from Tehran, Iran, killing all 176 people on board
  • Jan 8 Duke and Duchess of Sussex announce they are stepping back as "senior" royals, will work towards becoming financially independent
  • Jan 11 Taiwan re-elects Tsai Ing-wen for a second term as president in a landslide result
  • Jan 11 Diego the giant 100 year old tortoise retires to the Galapagos islands after his high libido is credited with saving his species
  • Jan 12 Taal volcano, 70km (45 miles) south of Manila in the Philippines begins erupting prompting evacuations
  • Jan 13 Oldest material existing on earth at 7.5 billion years old revealed by scientists studying the Murchison meteorite that fell to earth in Australia in 1960s
  • Jan 13 College Football, National Championship, Superdome, New Orleans: #1 LSU beats #3 Clemson, 42-15

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Jan 14 US game show Jeopardy "greatest of all time" tournament won by Ken Jennings

74 Time Jeopardy Champion Ken Jennings
74 Time Jeopardy Champion
Ken Jennings

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Jan 16 Impeachment trial of US President Donald Trump begins in the Senate

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Jan 21 World's oldest asteroid impact at 2.2 billion years old found in Yarrabubba , Western Australia, may have ended an ice age, reported in "Nature Communications"

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Jan 22 China locks down city of Wuhan and its 11 million people, in effort to control the coronavirus with death toll at 17, over 500 people ill
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Burial of a coronavirus victim in Iran during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
Burial of a coronavirus victim in Iran during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
  • Jan 23 Voice of a 3,000 year old Egyptian priest recreated by scientists 3D printing his vocal tract published in "Scientific Reports"
  • Jan 23 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp marked by an international forum in Jerusalem, Israel
  • Jan 25 Severe rainstorms cause landslides and floods in Brazil's Minas Gerais state, killing at least 30
  • Jan 27 Former king of Belgium, Albert II admits fathering a child after DNA tests confirm paternity

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Jan 28 US President Donald Trump releases his Middle East peace plan alongside Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister of Israel
Benjamin Netanyahu
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Jan 29 Number of Coronavirus cases passes those of SARS with over 7,700 cases in China confirmed, with 170 deaths
  • Jan 30 The World Health Organization declares the Coronavirus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern at a meeting in Geneva
  • Jan 31 United Kingdom formally withdraws from the European Union (Brexit)