January 2: Day of the Week
January 2, 2017 was the 2nd day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 363 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Monday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Getsuyōbi.
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Here’s the January calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Capricorn is the zodiac 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.
January 2 Historical Event(s)
- 1492Reconquista: the emirate of Granada, the last Moorish stronghold in Spain, surrenders
- 1833Re-establishment of British rule on the Falkland Islands.
- 1871Amadeus I becomes King of Spain
- 1900John Hay announces the Open Door Policy to promote trade with China
- 1911A 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
- 1942The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) convicts 33 members of a German spy ring headed by Fritz Joubert Duquesne in the largest espionage case in United States history—the Duquesne Spy Ring
- 1955Panamanian president José Antonio Remón Cantera is assassinated
- 1959Luna 1, the first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the Moon and to orbit the Sun, is launched by the Soviet Union
- 1992Leaders of armed opposition declare the President Zviad Gamsakhurdia deposed during a military coup in Georgia.
- 2002Eduardo Duhalde is appointed interim President of Argentina by the Legislative Assembly.
Who were born on January 2?
- 1928Robert Goralski, American journalist (d. 1988)
- 1947Valery Shary, Byelorussian Olympic champion weightlifter
- 1958Vladimir Ovchinnikov, Russian pianist
- 1961Robert Wexler, American politician
- 1968Evan Parke, Jamaican actor
- 1972Christopher Lennertz, American composer
- 1976Paz Vega, Spanish actress
- 1980Jérôme Pineau, French cyclist
- 1980Mac Danzig, American Mixed martial arts combatant
- 1987Shelley Hennig, American actress
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