January 2019 calendar

January 2019

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in January 2019.
The US president was Donald John Trump (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Theresa May (Conservative), Pope Francis was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on January 2019: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of January 2019?


  • 01 Jan 2019 War in Afghanistan: The Taliban kills 27 members of the Afghan National Security Forces in a series of coordinated attacks in northern Afghanistan after refusing to discuss peace in the region with government officials.(The New York Times)
  • 02 Jan 2019 China–United States trade war (2018–present): American electronics maker Apple warns that iPhone sales are slowing significantly and the product is in weak demand, blaming trade tensions with China. The company says that it has lowered its expected fiscal earnings for the first quarter as a result, citing disappointing holiday sales figures, and that it could lose $9 billion due to the decline. (The Verge)
  • 03 Jan 2019 Syrian Civil War: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Syrian state media say that a U.S.-led coalition aerial attack killed 11 civilians in Deir ez-Zor Governorate. (EFE via La Vanguardia) (SANA)
  • 04 Jan 2019 The United States Central Command announces that a U.S. airstrike in Ma'rib Governorate, Yemen, has killed Jamal Ahmad Mohammad Al Badawi, who is believed to have masterminded the 2000 USS Cole bombing that killed 17 American sailors. (The Independent)
  • 05 Jan 2019 Syrian Civil War: The Syrian Network for Human Rights reports that at least 223 documented massacres were perpetrated in 2018 by the parties to the conflict in Syria. (Syrian Network For Human Rights)
  • 06 Jan 2019 2018 Moscow–Constantinople schism: The chancellor of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) describes the granting of autocephaly on January 5 to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine as "a secular event." (Kyiv Post)
  • 07 Jan 2019 2019 Gabonese coup d'état attempt: The government of Gabon quashes a coup d'état by soldiers. The attempt took place while the country's president, Ali Bongo, was undergoing medical treatment in Morocco. (CBC)
  • 08 Jan 2019 Syrian Civil War: The military police of Russia says that it has started patrolling the area surrounding Manbij. (TASS)The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces say that they captured five foreign nationals who fought for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Two are reportedly from the United States, two from Pakistan and one from Ireland. (BBC)
  • 09 Jan 2019 Remnants of a Dassault Mirage 2000D fighter jet are found in Jura, France, after the aircraft with two pilots onboard disappeared from radar. (France Info)
  • 10 Jan 2019 War in Afghanistan: 32 people were killed by the Taliban while the Taliban lost 25 of their members in shooting attacks across Afghanistan (RadioLiberty)
  • 11 Jan 2019 Two Iraqis were killed and 25 others were injured in a car bomb blast outside a public market in the town of Al-Qaim. The Islamic State is presumed to be behind the attack. (TheDailyStar)
  • 12 Jan 2019 2019 Paris explosion: A large explosion caused by a suspected gas leak destroys a bakery in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, France. Four people are killed, and 40 others are injured. (Sky News)
  • 13 Jan 2019 Syrian Civil War: The Syrian government and pro-government militants fire artillery into villages inside the Idlib de-escalation zone, killing one civilian and leaving two civilians injured. (AA)
  • 14 Jan 2019 War in Afghanistan (2001–present): A suicide bomber kills four people and wounds over 100 others in a car bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AlJazeera)
  • 15 Jan 2019 2019 Nairobi attack: Multiple explosions and gunfire are reported after four armed men stormed the Dusit hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. The Somalia-based militant group Al-Shabaab claims responsibility. (BBC)
  • 16 Jan 2019 Manbij bombing: In Manbij, Syria, a suicide attack claimed by ISIL causes at least 19 casualties. Among them, two U.S. soldiers, a Pentagon Civilian, and a civilian contractor are reported dead and three other Service Members wounded. (The Washington Post)
  • 17 Jan 2019 2019 Bogotá car bombing: A suicide car-bomb attack at the General Santander National Police Academy in Bogotá, Colombia, kills at least 20 people and injures more than 50 others. (The Guardian)
  • 18 Jan 2019 Syrian Civil War: A massive explosion targetting a Tahrir al-Sham base in Idlib kills 15 people and wounds 20 others. A car bomb is reported to have been used in the attack. (AMN)
  • 19 Jan 2019 Dissident Irish Republican campaign: A car bomb explodes outside a courthouse in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The bomb exploded as the area was being evacuated, and there were no injuries. Investigations currently point responsibility for the attack towards the New IRA dissident organisation. (BBC)
  • 20 Jan 2019 Northern Mali conflict: At least ten United Nations peacekeepers are killed and several others injured in a Islamist militant attack on their base in Mali's northern Kidal Region. (Al Jazeera)
  • 21 Jan 2019 Maidan Shar attack: A Taliban attack on a National Directorate of Security compound in the central Maidan Wardak Province, kills 126 security personnel, according to local officials. (The Guardian)
  • 22 Jan 2019 Israeli–Palestinian conflict: A Hamas militant is killed and two others are injured when an Israeli tank fires into the Gaza Strip after a protest turned violent. The Israel Defense Forces action is retaliation for a shooting which lightly injured an officer, and for the brief incursion of two Palestinians into Israel. (Reuters)
  • 23 Jan 2019 Three residents of the U.S. state of Michigan are arrested at Gerald R. Ford International Airport for allegedly conspiring to support the Islamic State. (ABC News)
  • 24 Jan 2019 The city of Adelaide, South Australia, reaches its highest maximum temperature since 1939, reaching 46.6 °C (115.9 °F) at around 3:36pm local time. This is the highest recorded temperature in any Australian state capital. The high temperatures have proven fatal for significant numbers of local animals. (BBC)
  • 25 Jan 2019 18 people were killed and 23 others were injured when gunmen belonging to the "Union for Peace" group, attacked a funeral ceremony in the town of Ippy, Central African Republic. (The Tribune)
  • 26 Jan 2019 Nairobi Latema Road blast: An explosive device goes off outside a cinema in a busy part of Kenya’s capital, injuring two people. The area was also the place of an attack earlier this month. (Washington Post)
  • 27 Jan 2019 2019 Jolo Cathedral bombings: Two bombs at the Roman Catholic Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathedral in Jolo, Philippines, kill 20 people, fifteen civilians and five soldiers, and injure 81 others. Abu Sayyaf is suspected to be behind the attack. (Sky News)
  • 28 Jan 2019 Boko Haram insurgency: Boko Haram kills 60 people in an arson attack in the town Rann. (Reuters)
  • 29 Jan 2019 2019 Loralai attack: Nine people, including civilians and policemen, are dead and 22 others are injured after gunmen and suicide bombers attacked a Deputy Inspector General (DIG) office in Pakistan's Loralai. The Tehrik-i-Taliban claim responsibility for the attack. (Express Tribune)
  • 30 Jan 2019 A grenade is lobbed in a Zamboanga mosque in the Philippines, killing two people and injuring four others. No group has claimed responsibility. (Al Jazeera)
  • 31 Jan 2019 American singer Mariah Carey performs her concert in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, despite Saudi women's rights activists calling for her to cancel it. (ABC News)


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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Iron Sky: The Coming Race

Iron Sky: The Coming Race

Release year: 2019

Directed by: Timo Vuorensola

Starring: Lara Rossi, Vladimir Burlakov, Kit Dale, Tom Green



Release year: 2019

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

Starring: Sarah Paulson, Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy


Which were the most popular books released in January 2019?
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The Hive Queen by Tui T. Sutherland

The Hive Queen


Youth: Cricket and her friends are wanted for stealing a book; 12th in series

It's Not Supposed to Be This Way by Lysa TerKeurst

It's Not Supposed to Be This Way


Subtitle: "Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered"

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

The Tattooist of Auschwitz


A fictionalized account of the true story of Lale Sokolov, an Auschwitz inmate forced to tattoo numbers on fellow prisoners

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up


Subtitle: "The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing"

Liar Liar by James Patterson, Candice Fox

Liar Liar


Detective Harriet Blue goes on the run when a murderer comes after her; third in series