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

  • 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
  • 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
  • 1911
    A gun battle in the East End of London left two dead and sparked a political row over the involvement of then-Home Secretary Winston Churchill
  • 1920
    The second Palmer Raid takes place with another 6,000 suspected communists and anarchists arrested and held without trial. These raids take place in several U.S. cities.
  • 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
  • 1945
    World War II: Nuremberg, Germany (in German, Nürnberg) is severely bombed by Allied forces
  • 1949
    Luis Muñoz Marín becomes the first democratically elected Governor of Puerto Rico
  • 1959
    Luna 1, the first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the Moon and to orbit the Sun, is launched by the Soviet Union
  • 1992
    Leaders of armed opposition declare the President Zviad Gamsakhurdia deposed during a military coup in Georgia.
  • 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
  • 2001
    Sila María Calderón becomes the first female Governor of Puerto Rico
  • 2002
    Eduardo Duhalde is appointed interim President of Argentina by the Legislative Assembly.
  • 2004
    Stardust successfully flies past Comet Wild 2, collecting samples that are returned to Earth.
  • 2006
    An explosion in a coal mine in Sago, West Virginia traps and kills 12 miners, while leaving one miner in critical condition.

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