Today in History for January 2009

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Historical Events

Events 1 - 14 of 14

1st - Slovakia officially adopts the Euro currency and becomes the sixteenth Eurozone country.
1st - 61 die in nightclub fire in Bangkok, Thailand.
1st - The government of the Republic of China adopts Hanyu Pinyin as its official Chinese romanization (before this time, the most commonly used was Tongyong Pinyin.
3rd - Israeli ground forces invade Gaza.
7th - 35th People's Choice Awards: Will Smith & Reese Witherspoon win (Movie Star) and Hugh Laurie & Christina Applegate win (TV)
8th - A 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit Costa Rica´s region of Volcan Poás, with an epicenter near Cinchona. It was caused by Varablanca-Angel fault.
13th - Global shipping experiences a drop in trade, as exports from South Korea dropping an annualised 30%, with Taiwan and Japan experiencing a 42% and 27% drop respectively
15th - US Airways Flight 1549 makes an emergency landing into the Hudson River shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport in New York City. All passengers and crew members survive.
44th US President Barack Obama44th US President Barack Obama 20th - Barack Obama, inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States of America, becomes the United States' first African-American president
20th - Joe Biden assumes the office of the Vice President of the United States
23rd - Dendermonde nursery attack occurred in Dendermonde, Belgium.
23rd - UK officially enters recession as GDP falls by 1.5% in the last quarter of 2008 following a 0.6% drop in the third quarter, with unemployment growing by 131,000 to 1.92 million (6.1%)
24th - Pope Benedict XVI rescinds the excommunications of four bishops consecrated without papal consent in 1988 by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre.
265th Pope  Benedict XVI265th Pope Benedict XVI 31st - In Kenya, at least 113 people are killed and over 200 injured following an oil spillage ignition in Molo, days after a massive fire at a Nakumatt supermarket in Nairobi killed at least 25 people.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 1 of 1

26th - Suleman octuplets

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 3 of 3

9th - High School Musical actress KayCee Stroh (24) weds Ben Higginson (24) at Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah
Singer Fergie DuhamelSinger Fergie Duhamel (10th) 10th - "The Black Eyed Peas" singer fergie (33) weds actor Josh Duhamel (36) at Church Estate Vineyards in Malibu, California
31st - "Stay" singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb (40) weds Late Night with Conan O'Brien music supervisor Roey Hershkovitz (30) at Manhattan restaurant in New York City

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 47 of 47

1st - Claiborne Pell, U.S. senator (b. 1918)
1st - Nizar Rayan, Hamas leader (b. 1962)
2nd - Maria de Jesus, Portuguese supercentenarian (b. 1893)
3rd - Pat Hingle, American actor (b. 1924)
3rd - Ulf G. Lindén, Swedish entrepreneur (b. 1937)
3rd - Hisayasu Nagata, Japanese politician (b. 1969)
4th - Giselle Salandy, Trinidad & Tobago female boxer (b. 1987)
5th - Ned Tanen, American movie executive (b. 1931)
6th - Ron Asheton, The Stooges guitarrist (b. 1948)
8th - Richard John Neuhaus, Canadian-American Christian writer and editor (b. 1936)
9th - T. Llew Jones, Welsh author (b. 1915)
10th - William Frederick "Bill" Stone, British World War I veteran (b. 1900)
11th - David Vine, British sports broadcaster (b. 1936)
12th - Claude Berri, French movie director (b. 1934)
12th - Arne Næss, Norwegian philosopher (b. 1912)
13th - Doña Mary Ejercito, Filipino supercentarian, mother of Joseph Ejercito Estrada (b. 1905)
13th - Patrick McGoohan, American actor (b. 1928)
13th - Mansour Rahbani, Lebanese composer and lyricist (b. 1925)
13th - Nancy Bird Walton, Australian aviator (b. 1915)
13th - William De Witt Snodgrass, American poet under the pseudonym S. S. Gardons (b. 1926)
14th - Jan Kaplický, British architect of Czech origin (b. 1937)
14th - Ricardo Montalbán, Mexican actor (How the West Was Won), dies of congestive heart failure at 88
16th - Joe Erskine, American boxer and long distance runner (b. 1930)
16th - John Mortimer, British barrister, screenwriter and author. (b. 1923)
16th - Andrew Wyeth, American realist painter (b. 1917)
17th - Anders Isaksson, Swedish journalist, writer, and historian (b. 1943)
18th - Tony Hart, British artist and TV presenter (b. 1925)
18th - Grigore Vieru, Romanian poet (b. 1935)
18th - Bob May, American actor (b. 1939)
20th - Stéphanos II Ghattas, Patriarch Emeritus of Alexandria for the Coptic Catholic Church (b. 1920)
20th - Stan Hagen, Canadian politician (b. 1940)
20th - David Newman, American jazz musician, nicknamed "Fathead" (b. 1933)
20th - Sheila O'Nions Walsh (aka Sheila Walsh, Sophie Leyton), English romance writer (b. 1928)
22nd - Billy Werber, American baseball player (b. 1908)
23rd - Robert W. Scott, American politician, governor of North Carolina (b. 1929)
24th - Reg Gutteridge, British Boxing Journalist (b. 1924)
24th - Kay Yow, North Carolina State Univ. women's basketball head coach (b. 1942)
24th - Gérard Blanc, French singer (b. 1947)
25th - Kim Manners, American television producer and director (b. 1951)
27th - John Updike, American Novelist (b. 1932)
27th - R. Venkataraman, 8th President of India (b. 1910)
28th - Billy Powell, American musician (b. 1952)
29th - Hélio Gracie, Brazilian martial artist (b. 1913)
29th - John Martyn, Scottish singer and songwriter (b. 1948)
29th - Bill Frindall, English cricket scorer and statistician (b. 1939)
30th - Ingemar Johansson, Swedish heavyweight professional boxing champion of the world (b. 1932)
31st - Nagesh, Indian comedian actor in Kollywood (b. 1933)

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