2 January

We have some interesting facts & historic events all about January 2nd, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about January 2nd in history!

Table of Contents

  1. Global Celebrations
  2. Historic Events
  3. Famous Birthdays
  4. Heartbreaking Deaths

Global Celebrations

  • National Buffet Day
  • National Motivation and Inspiration Day
  • Science Fiction Day
  • National Personal Trainer Awareness Day
  • National Cream Puff Day

Historic Events

1981: The “Yorkshire Ripper” is caught

Peter Sutcliffe confessed to murdering 13 women and was sentenced to life imprisonment.

1971: 66 football fans die in the Ibrox disaster

Over 200 people were injured in the crush, which occurred at the end of an association football game between the Glasgow-based clubs, Rangers, and Celtic, at Ibrox Park.

1967: Ronald Reagan is sworn in as Governor of California

Reagan became the 40th U.S. president in 1981.

1959: Luna 1 is launched

The Soviet spacecraft was the first to reach the vicinity of the moon and orbit the sun.

1860: Urban Le Verrier announces the discovery of the planet Vulcan

Despite a thorough search, the planet was never actually sighted.

Famous Birthdays

1936: Roger Miller, American singer-songwriter, actor

1928: Daisaku Ikeda, Japanese spiritual leader

1920: Isaac Asimov, American chemist, author

1905: Michael Tippett, English composer

1873: Thérèse of Lisieux, French nun

Heartbreaking Deaths

1995: Siad Barre, Somalian military officer, politician, 3rd President of Somalia

1989: Safdar Hashmi, Indian playwright, actor, director

1960: Fausto CoppiItalian cyclist

1904: James Longstreet, American general, diplomat

1892: George Biddell Airy, English mathematician, astronomer

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