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January 29
2017

Sport Recreation

Roger Federer won his 18th Grand Slam tennis title in a five-set victory over long-time rival Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open. The previous day Serena Williams won a record 23rd major in the women’s tournament, defeating her sister Venus in straight sets

January 29
2015

Deaths

Colleen McCullough, Australian author best known for her novel The Thorn Birds, died aged 77. She was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2006

January 29
2015

Deaths

All 239 passengers and crew of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 were officially declared dead. The Beijing-bound plane disappeared on March 8, 2014, not long after takeoff from Kuala Lumpur

January 29
2012

Sport Recreation

Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal of Spain, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5, to win the Australian Open championship, his fifth grand slam title. The five-set match lasted five hours and 53 minutes, the longest ever grand slam singles final. The previous day Victoria Azarenka of Belarus defeated Maria Sharapova of Russia, 6-3, 6-0, to win her maiden grand slam

January 29
2012

Deaths

Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, former President of Italy, died at the age of 93

January 29
2011

Disasters Accidents Riots

As protests continued in Cairo’s Tahrir Square Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak sacked his cabinet and appointed intelligence chief Omar Suleiman as the first Vice President in Mubarak’s 30-year rule

January 29
2011

Society Law Politics

Ireland’s upper house passed a crucial finance bill, effectively imposing harsh austerity measures on the Irish population and clearing the way for a general election to be called

January 29
2011

Sport Recreation

In the AFC Asian Cup final in Qatar Japan defeated Australia 1-0 by a goal from Tadanari Lee in extra time, to win their fourth title

January 29
2010

People

Britain’s former prime minister Tony Blair appeared at the Iraq Inquiry to be questioned in public for the first time about his decision to take the UK to war against Iraq

January 29
2009

Society Law Politics

The Illinois Senate voted unanimously to remove Governor Rod Blagojevich from office and bar him from future state employment. Blagojevich had been charged with trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama

January 29
2009

Economics Industry

Unemployment in Germany rose to 3.27 million (7.8 percent) as an economic slump sparked by the global financial crisis spread through industries from cars to software

January 29
2008

Society Law Politics

Samak Sundaravej formed a coalition government in Thailand and became prime minister, having won majority of seats in the 2007 general elections

January 29
2008

Everyday Life

Severe snowstorms in China cut the Beijing-Guangzhou railway and stranded millions of people in train stations waiting to go home for the Chinese New Year holidays

January 29
2005

Geography Geopolitics

China and Taiwan resumed direct commercial flights for the first time since 1949, when Mao Zedong took control of mainland China and Chiang Kai-shek retreated to Taiwan

January 29
2004

Crime Espionage Terrorism

A suicide bomber killed 10 people on a bus in Jerusalem, in retaliation for an Israeli raid in Gaza that left at least eight Palestininans dead. Despite the bombing, the first since September 2003, Israel went ahead with a plan to release around 400 Palestinian prisoners as part of a deal struck with Hezbollah militants