January 2 Events in History - January 2 Birthdays - January 2 Deaths
2015 U.S. President Barack Obama targets three organizations and ten officials in new financial sanctions issued against North Korea in response to the recent hacking attack on Sony Pictures
2014 In a coma since 2006, former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is reportedly in critical condition following renal failure
2014 A 12-page letter written by Robert R. Livingston in 1775 is found by an archivist at the Morris-Jumel Mansion, George Washington's headquarters during the Revolutionary War; the letter explains why Livingston was chosen to help draft the Declaration of Independence
2013 The use of plastic bags is banned in Mauritania
2013 Ray Lewis, U.S. football linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League, announces plans for retirement at the end of the season
2012 While conducting military exercises in the Persian Gulf, Iran successfully test-fires two long-range missiles
2012 The failed Fobos-Grunt spacecraft is expected to re-enter the earth's atmosphere and crash into earth in the next week
2011 River levels in Queensland, Australia continue to rise, 200,000 people are affected and one fatality are reported
2011 Spain enacts strict new anti-smoking laws
2010 A 28-year old Somali male is shot for breaking into Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoonist Jurt Westergaard's home and threatening his family with an axe
2008 Oil reaches $100 per barrel for the first time
1998 Autopsy of Chris Farley shows he overdosed of opiates and cocaine
1997 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Columbus, Ohio on WBZX 99.7 FM
1995 Bus crashes in Luzon Philippines, 29 killed
1995 Carquest Bowl 5: South Carolina beats West Virginia, 24-21
1995 Most distant galaxy yet discovered found by scientists using Keck telescope in Hawaii (est 15 billion light years away)
1994 "Abe Lincoln in Illinois" closes at Beaumont New York City after 40 performances
1994 "Shakespeare after My Father" closes at Helen Hayes New York City after 266 perf
1994 Battles between army and rebellious indians in South Mexico, kill 57
1993 "Gypsy Passion" closes at Plymouth Theater New York City after 55 performances
1992 Test debut of Shane Warne, vs. India at Sydney
1991 Colorado wins its 1st AP national title poll
1990 Dow Jones hits record 2,800 (2,810.15)
1990 Sting joins wrestlings 4 Horsemen (Flair, Arn Anderson, Ole Anderson)
1989 Notre Dame beats West Virginia for college football championship
1989 UCLA wins a record 7th consecutive bowl game
1988 Ashland Oil storage tank spills 3.8 million gallons, Penn
1988 Mulroney and Reagan sign Canada-U.S. free trade agreement
1987 Penn State upsets Miami in Fiesta Bowl for college football champ
1987 Troops of Chad President Habre conquer Fada oasis
1986 191.66 million shares traded in New York Stock Exchange
1986 New York Islander, Mike Bossy, scores his 500th goal
1985 90th hat trick in Islander history-Brent Sutter
1985 Australia beat WI by innings at SCG, Bob Holland 10 match wkts
1985 Egyptian President Mubarak reappoints Coptic pope Shenuda III
1985 Nevada-Las Vegas beats Utah 142-140, highest college basketball score
1985 Undefeated BYU becomes college football champions
1984 Darryl Cullinan, 16, scores his 1st first-class cricket century
1984 Miami beats Nebraska in Orange Bowl for college football championship
1984 Riot in Tunis kills over 100
1984 Wilson Goode, sworn-in as Philadelphia's 1st black mayor
1983 "Annie" closes at Alvin Theater New York City after 2,377 performances
1983 "Sophisticated Ladies" closes at Lunt-Fontanne New York City after 767 performances
1983 Don Muraco beats Pedro Morales to become WWF Intercontinental Champ
1983 Gary Trudeau takes a 20-month break from writing "Doonesbury"
1983 Ken Anderson of Cincinnati completes record 20 consecutive passes
1982 "Camelot" closes at Winter Garden Theater New York City after 48 performances
1982 70th Australian Mens Tennis: Johan Kriek beats S Denton (62 76 67 64)
1982 Islanders start 23 undefeated home streak (21-0-2) 14 straight wins
1982 San Diego Chargers beat Miami Dolphins, 41-38 in 13:52 of OT
1981 Mary Terstegge Meagher swims female record 200 m butterfly (2:05.65)
1981 Sylvester Clarke knocks out spectator with brick, WI vs. Pakistan
1980 68th Australian Men Tennis: Guillermo Vilas beat John Sadri (76 63 62)
1979 30th Islander shut-out opponent-Glenn Resch 9-0 vs Vancouver
1979 Gavaskar gets twin tons for India for the third time (v WI)
1979 Sid Vicious' trial for murder of girlfriend Nancy Spungen begins
1978 Bulent Ecevit forms government in Turkey
1978 Rhino Records releases their 1st album "Wildmania"
1977 Bowie Kuhn suspends Braves owner Ted Turner for one year due to tampering charges in Gary Matthews free-agency signing
1975 U.S. Department of Interior designates grizzly bear a threatened species
1974 55 MPH speed limit imposed by Richard Nixon
1974 Worst fire in Argentine history destroys 1.2 million acres
1972 "Rothschilds" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater New York City after 505 performances
1972 Dallas Cowboys beat San Francisco '49ers 14-3 in NFC championship game
1972 Mariner 9 begins mapping Mars
1972 Miami Dolphins beat Baltimore Colts 21-0 in AFC championship game
1971 A barrier collapses at Ibrox Park football ground at end of a soccer match in Glasgow Scotland, killing 66
1970 Dutch premiere of musical "Hair" in Amsterdam
1970 U.S. population is 203,302,031
1969 "Fig Leaves Are Falling" opens at Broadhurst Theater New York City for 4 performances
1969 "Soviet Sport" calls Emile Zatopek a public enemy
1969 Lorraine Hansberry's "To be Young, Gifted and Black," premieres in New York City
1968 "Zizi" closes at Broadway Theater New York City after 49 performances
1968 Christian Barnard performs 2nd heart transplant
1968 KBHK TV channel 44 in San Francisco, California (IND) begins broadcasting
1966 1st Jewish child born in Spain since 1492 expulsion
1966 Green Bay Packers beat Cleveland Browns 23-12 in NFL championship game
1965 Martin Luther King, Jr. begins a drive to register black voters
1965 New York Jets sign quarterback Joe Namath
1965 Obverse design of all Canadian coins is changed to depict present-day
1964 Ayub Khan elected president of Pakistan
1964 Failed assassination attempt on president Nkrumah of Ghana
1962 Nighttime version of "Password" with Allen Ludden premieres on CBS
1961 1st AFL Championship Game, Houston Oilers beat LA Chargers 24-16
1961 Hawaii's, then all time low temperature, 14 degrees F recorded atop Haleakale
1960 1st redshank old world shore bird reported in North America (Halifax)
1960 John F. Kennedy announces run for U.S. Presidency
1960 John Reynolds sets age of solar system at 4,950,000,000 years
1960 Roger Sessions' 4th Symphony, premieres
1960 Senator John F Kennedy, announces his candidacy for president
1959 Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista flees
1959 U.S.S.R. launches Mechta, Luna 1, for 1st lunar fly-by, 1st solar orbit
1958 Dmitri Shostakovich' 2nd Piano concert, premieres in NY
1957 San Francisco and Los Angeles stock exchanges merge
1956 Poujadists/communists win French parliamentary elections
1955 1st "Bob Cummings Show" premieres on NBC (later on CBS)
1954 Herman Wouks "Caine Mutiny," premieres in New York City
1953 NBA Baltimore Bullets begin a 32 game road losing streak
1952 "Pal Joey" opens at Broadhurst Theater New York City for 542 performances
1951 Philip Barry's "Second Threshold," premieres in New York City
1949 KDKA TV channel 2 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (CBS) begins broadcasting
1948 WNDT (now WNET) TV channel 13 in New York-Newark, New York (PBS) begins
1947 Mahatma Gandhi begins march for peace in East-Bengali
1945 Allied air raid on Neurenberg
1945 Kentucky begins 130 home basketball game win streak, ends in 1955
1945 Radio Orange ends cooperation at Liese-Aktion
1944 1st use of helicopters during warfare (British Atlantic patrol)
1942 28 nations, at war with Axis, pledge no separate peace
1942 German troops in Bardia surrender
1942 Japanese troops occupy Manila Philippines
1939 Bradman scores 107 SA vs. Victoria, his 4th consecutive century
1938 Book publisher Simon and Schuster founded
1936 1st electron tube to enable night vision described, St. Louis, Missouri
1936 Bradman scores 357 for SA vs. Vic, 424 minutes, 40 fours
1935 Bruno Hauptmann trial begins for kidnap and murder of Lindbergh baby
1934 1st state liquor stores open, in Pennsylvania
1934 Bradman scores 253 NSW vs. Queensland, 204 minutes, 29 fours 4 sixes
1933 Bradman scores 103* against the Bodyline attack in the 2nd Test
1933 Ijmuider fishing strike begins (till July 11th)
1933 U.S. troops leave Nicaragua
1932 Young gang shoot dead 6 police in Springfield Missouri
1929 U.S. and Canada agree to preserve Niagara Falls
1925 Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region established (now in Tadzhik SSR)
1921 1st religious service radio broadcast in U.S., KDKA-Pittsburgh
1921 DeYoung Museum in Golden Gate Park opens
1920 10,000 U.S. union and socialist organizers arrested (Palmer Raids)
1919 Anti-British uprising in Ireland
1919 Lithuania gains independence
1918 Dodgers trade Casey Stengel and Cutshaw to Pitts for Grimes and Mamaux
1918 NHL Montreal Wanderers disband after Westmount arena burns down
1917 Royal Bank of Canada takes over Quebec Bank
1914 Philips installs research department in Eindhoven
1913 National Woman's Party forms
1911 Brooklyn Dodgers President Charles Ebbets announces purchase of grounds to build a new concrete-and-steel stadium to seat 30,000
1910 1st junior high schools in U.S. opens (Berkeley California)
1909 1st official Dutch 11 city skate (Minne Hoekstra in 13:50)
1908 Canadian branch of the Royal Mint opens in Ottawa
1905 Elara, a satellite of Jupiter, discovered by Perrine
1905 Japanese troops capture Port Arthur
1903 President T Roosevelt shuts down post office in Indianola Miss, for refusing to accept its appointed postmistress because she was black
1900 E Verlinger begins manufacturing 7" single-sided records (Montreal)
1900 Gustave Charpentiers opera "Louise," premieres in Paris
1896 Battle at Doornkop, South Africa (Boers beat Dr. Jamesons troops)
1893 1st U.S. commemoratives and 1st U.S. stamp to picture a woman issued
1890 Alice Sanger becomes 1st female White House staffer
1890 Record 19'2" alligator shot in Louisiana by E A McIlhenny
1885 General Wolseley receives last distress signal of General Gordon in Khartoum
1882 Because of anti-monopoly laws, Standard Oil is organized as a trust
1881 Camille Saint-Saens' 3rd Concerto in B, premieres
1879 1st Test match hat-trick, Fred Spofforth at the MCG
1879 British battleship Thunder explodes in Gulf of Ismid, 9 die
1879 Dr. Benjamin E Mays, named president of Atlanta Board of Education
1879 Northwestern League (minor baseball league) organized, Rockford, Ill
1871 King Amadeus I of Spain inaugurated at 25
1870 Construction of Brooklyn Bridge begins
1863 Battle of Murfreesboro (Stone's River) ends
1861 South Carolina seizes inactive Ft. Johnson in Charleston Harbor
1861 Colonel Charles Stone is put in charge of organizing DC militia
1843 Wagner's opera "Der Fliegende Hollander" premieres, Dresden
1842 1st U.S. wire suspension bridge for general traffic opens in Penn
1839 1st photo of the Moon (French photographer Louis Daguerre)
1832 1st Curling club in U.S. (Orchard Lake Curling Club) opens
1831 Liberator, abolitionist newspaper, begins publishing in Boston
1818 Lord Byron completes "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage" (4th canto)
1814 Lord Byron completes "The Corsair"
1811 U.S. Senator Thomas Pickering is 1st senator censured (revealed confidential documents communicated by the president of the U.S.)
1800 Free black community of Philadelphia petitions Congress to abolish slave
1790 Mozart's opera "Cosi fan tutti" premieres, Vienna
1788 Georgia is 4th state to ratify U.S. constitution
1776 1st revolutionary flag displayed
1776 Austria ends interregation torture
1757 British troops occupy Calcutta India
1678 Staatsoper Hamburg opens with Theiles "Adam und Eva"
1602 Battle at Kinsale, Ireland: English army beats Spanish
1602 Spanish force in Ireland surrender to the English at Kinsdale
1585 Spain and Catholic France sign Saint League of Joinville
1570 Tsar Ivan the Terrible march to Novgorod begins
1492 Spain recaptures Granada from the Moors (Granada Day)
1235 Emperor Joseph II orders Jews of Galicia Austria to adopt family names
533 John II begins his reign as Catholic Pope
69 Roman Lower Rhine army proclaims its commander, Vitellius, emperor