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Events of January 2nd:

January 2nd is the 2nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 363 days remaining until the end of the year (364 days in leap years).

On this page, we have placed information about January 2nd, including famous people born on, historical events that occurred on, holidays and observances that fall on, and astrological connections of, this day.
Famous People born on January 2nd:

1727 James Wolfe (British General)

1729 Johann Titius (astronomer)

1909 Barry Goldwater (US politician)

1920 Isaac Asimov (science-fiction author)

Isaac Asimov

1940 Jim Bakker (televangelist)

1946 Richard Cole (tour manager of Led Zeppelin)

1949 Brent Spiner (actor)

1967 Tia Carrere (actress)

1968 Cuba Gooding Jr. (actor)

1969 Christy Turlington (model)

1983 Kate Bosworth (actress)

January 2nd in History:

1788 Georgia is the 4th state to ratify the US Constitution.

1900 First electric bus becomes operational in New York City.

1942 Japanese forces capture Manila in the Philippines.

1968 Dr Christiaan Bernard performs first heart transplant in Cape Town, South Africa.

1974 During an OPEC oil embargo, US President Richard Nixon signs a bill reducing the speed limit to 55 mph to conserve gasoline.

Richard M. Nixon

1988 USA and Canada sign free trade agreement.

January 2nd is also:

8th Day of Christmas

8th Day of Christmas

Feast of Saint Basil the Great (Catholicism)

Saint Basil the Great

Feast of Saint Gregory Nazianzen (Catholicism)

National Science-Fiction Day - in honor of Isaac Asimov's birthday.


People born on January 2nd are Capricorn


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