About January 2

January 2, 2021 is the 2nd day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 363 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

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Capricorn is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Garnet is the modern birthstone for this month. Emerald is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 41 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On January 2

  • 533
    Mercurius becomes Pope John II, the first pope to adopt a new name upon elevation to the papacy
  • 1492
    Reconquista: the emirate of Granada, the last Moorish stronghold in Spain, surrenders
  • 1777
    American Revolutionary War: American forces under the command of George Washington repulsed a British attack at the Battle of the Assunpink Creek near Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1788
    Georgia becomes the fourth state to ratify the United States Constitution
  • 1791
    Big Bottom massacre in the Ohio Country, marking the beginning of the Northwest Indian War
  • 1818
    The British Institution of Civil Engineers is founded
  • 1860
    The discovery of the planet Vulcan is announced at a meeting of the French Academy of Sciences in Paris, France
  • 1871
    Amadeus I becomes King of Spain
  • 1900
    John Hay announces the Open Door Policy to promote trade with China
  • 1905
    Russo-Japanese War: The Russian garrison surrenders at Port Arthur, China
  • 1927
    Angered by the anti-clerical provisions of the Mexican Constitution of 1917, Catholic rebels in Mexico rebelled against the government.
  • 1941
    World War II: German bombing severely damages the Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
  • 1942
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) convicts 33 members of a German spy ring headed by Fritz Joubert Duquesne in the largest espionage case in United States history—the Duquesne Spy Ring
  • 1942
    World War II: Manila, Philippines is captured by Japanese forces
  • 1945
    World War II: Nuremberg, Germany (in German, Nürnberg) is severely bombed by Allied forces
  • 1955
    Panamanian president José Antonio Remón Cantera is assassinated
  • 1971
    The second Ibrox disaster kills 66 fans at a Rangers-Celtic association football (soccer) match
  • 1974
    President Richard Nixon signs a bill lowering the maximum U.S. speed limit to 55 MPH in order to conserve gasoline during an OPEC embargo
  • 1999
    A brutal snowstorm smashes into the Midwestern United States, causing 14 inches (359 mm) of snow in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and 19 inches (487 mm) in Chicago, Illinois, where temperatures plunge to -13 °F (-25 °C); 68 deaths are reported
  • 2002
    Eduardo Duhalde is appointed interim President of Argentina by the Legislative Assembly.

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