Historical Events on January

  • Pervez Musharraf


    In a vote of confidence, General Pervez Musharraf wins 658 out of 1,170 votes in the Electoral College of Pakistan, and according to Article 41(8) of the Constitution of Pakistan, is "deemed to be elected" to the office of President until October 2007.

  • Richmond, Virginia


    American Revolutionary War: Richmond, Virginia, is burned by British naval forces led by Benedict Arnold.

  • Fidel Castro


    The United States recognizes the new Cuban government of Fidel Castro.

  • Association of Southeast Asian Nations


    Brunei becomes the sixth member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

  • Charles de Gaulle


    In France a referendum supports Charles de Gaulle's policies in Algeria.

  • Suez Crisis


    British Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden resigns from office following his failure to retake the Suez Canal from Egyptian sovereignty.

  • Women's suffrage


    The United States House of Representatives rejects a proposal to require states to give women the right to vote.

  • Costa Concordia disaster


    The passenger cruise ship Costa Concordia sinks off the coast of Italy due to the captain's negligence and irresponsibility. There are 32 confirmed deaths.

  • Gulf War


    The United Nations deadline for the withdrawal of Iraqi forces from occupied Kuwait expires, preparing the way for the start of Operation Desert Storm.

  • Gulf War


    Coalition Forces go to war with Iraq, beginning the Gulf War.

  • Theodore Roosevelt


    US President Bill Clinton awards former President Theodore Roosevelt a posthumous Medal of Honor for his service in the Spanish-American War.

  • Operation Desert Storm


    Gulf War: Operation Desert Storm begins early in the morning. Iraq fires eight Scud missiles into Israel in an unsuccessful bid to provoke Israeli retaliation.

  • Yom Kippur War


    A Disengagement of Forces agreement is signed between the Israeli and Egyptian governments, ending conflict on the Egyptian front of the Yom Kippur War.

  • Newt Gingrich


    The U.S. House of Representatives votes 395-28 to reprimand Newt Gingrich for ethics violations, making him the first Speaker of the House to be so disciplined.

  • Jerusalem


    The Knesset resolves that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.

  • Thailand


    World War II: Thailand declares war on the United States and United Kingdom.

  • Egyptian Revolution of 2011


    The first wave of the Egyptian revolution begins throughout the country, marked by street demonstrations, rallies, acts of civil disobedience, riots, labour strikes, and violent clashes.

  • Egypt


    Israel and Egypt establish diplomatic relations.