January 2 – Former
President of Somalia,
Siyad Barre died. He had been ousted in 1991.
January 6 to January 7 – A chemical fire occurs in an apartment complex in Manila, Philippines. Policemen led by watch commander
Aida Fariscal and investigators find a bomb factory and a laptop computer and disks that contain plans for
Project Bojinka, a mass-terrorist attack. The mastermind,
Ramzi Yousef, is arrested one month later
January 9 –
Valeri Polyakov completes 366 days in space while aboard the Mir space station breaking a duration record.