On January 8, 2011, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is critically injured when a man goes on a shooting spree during a constituents meeting held outside a Tucson-area supermarket. Six people died in the attack and another 13, including Giffords, were wounded.
17 year-old William Heirens the alleged Lipstick Killer
On January 7, 1946, six-year-old Suzanne Degnan is kidnapped from her home in Chicago. Illinois. Police found a ladder outside the girl’s window, and also discovered a ransom note which had been overlooked by the family. The note asked for a $20,000 in ransom and a man (presumably the kidnapper) repeatedly called the Degnan residence demanding the ransom, but hung up before any meaningful conversation could take place.
On January 6, 1994, figure skater Nancy Kerrigan is attacked after a practice session at Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan. The attack came just one day before the U.S. National Championships and one month before the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, in which Kerrigan was a gold medal favorite.
Jock and Margaret Yablonski
On January 5, 1970, the bodies of dissident union leader Joseph "Jock" Yablonski, his wife, and daughter are discovered in their Clarksville, Pennsylvania farmhouse. The family had been dead for nearly a week, killed on New Years’ Eve by killers hired by the United Mine Workers (UMW) union leadership.
On January 4, 1964, Mary Sullivan is raped and strangled to death in her Boston apartment. The killer left a card reading "Happy New Year" leaning against her foot. Sullivan would turn out to be the last woman killed by the notorious Boston Strangler, Albert DeSalvo, who had terrorized the city between 1962 and 1964, raping and killing 13 women.
On January 3, 1990, Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega surrenders to U.S. forces after holing up for 10 days at the Vatican embassy in Panama City. He is arrested and charged with drug trafficking and flown to Miami the following day. Noriega, who was born in Panama in 1938, was a loyal soldier to General Omar Torrijos, who seized power in a 1968 coup.
Peter Sutcliffe aka The Yorkshire Ripper
The Yorkshire Ripper is finally caught by British police on January 2, 1981, ending one of the largest manhunts in British history. For five years, investigators had pursued every lead in an effort to stop the serial killer who terrorized Northern England, but the end came out of pure luck.