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This was 2nd day of the year and 363 days remained in the year.

January 2 Birthdays

Isaac Asimov
1920–1992, American author, scientist.

James Wolfe
British general (1727)

Rudolf Clausius
mathematical physicist (1822)

Henry Flagler
financier (1830)

Ernst Barlach
expressionist sculptor, graphic artist (1870)

Saint Theresa
Carmelite nun (1873)

Michael Tippett
composer (1905)

Dennis Hastert
congressman (1942)

Cuba Gooding, Jr.
actor (1968)

Taye Diggs
actor (1972)

January 2 in History


Muhammad XI, the leader of the last Arab stronghold in Spain, surrendered to King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella I.


Georgia was admitted to the Union as the 4th state.


Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre took the first photograph of the Moon.


The Russo-Japanese war ended.


The African-American town of Rosewood, Fla., was burned by a white mob.


The Bruno R. Hauptmann trial began for the kidnap and murder of the Lindbergh baby.


The first spacecraft to fly by the Moon and also to orbit the Sun, Mechta (Luna 1) was launched by the USSR.


Rudolph Giuliani is inaugurated as New York City's mayor.

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Note: Dates in the Islamic calendar are provided for planning purposes only, and calculated with the hdate Islamic calendar program for moonrise in Boston, Masschusetts. Depending on your location and other factors, this result may differ from actual religious observances by one day. Please consult your local religious authority for any religious determinations of hejiric date.