On This Day: January 02nd
This is 2nd day of the year and 364 days remain in the year.
- Hebrew calendar—5 Tevet 5780
- Chinese calendar—the 8th day of the 12th month of 4717 (Ji Hai)
- Islamic calendar—(note)
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Cuba Gooding, Jr.actor
James WolfeBritish general
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Ernst Barlachexpressionist sculptor, graphic artist
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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.