Today in History for January 2009

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Historical Events

Events 1 - 11 of 11

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.
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.
20th - Barack Obama, inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States of America, becomes the United States' first African-American president
23rd - Dendermonde nursery attack occurred in Dendermonde, Belgium.
24th - Pope Benedict XVI rescinds the excommunications of four bishops consecrated without papal consent in 1988 by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre.
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
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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