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.
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January 2 Historical Event(s)
- 366The Alamanni cross the frozen Rhine River in large numbers, invading the Roman Empire
- 533Mercurius becomes Pope John II, the first pope to adopt a new name upon elevation to the papacy
- 1492Reconquista: the emirate of Granada, the last Moorish stronghold in Spain, surrenders
- 1833Re-establishment of British rule on the Falkland Islands.
- 1927Angered by the anti-clerical provisions of the Mexican Constitution of 1917, Catholic rebels in Mexico rebelled against the government.
- 1941World War II: German bombing severely damages the Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
- 1945World War II: Nuremberg, Germany (in German, Nürnberg) is severely bombed by Allied forces
- 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.
- 2006An explosion in a coal mine in Sago, West Virginia traps and kills 12 miners, while leaving one miner in critical condition.
Who were born on January 2?
- 1913Anna Lee, English actress (d. 2004)
- 1938Goh Kun, South Korean politician
- 1942Hugh Shelton, 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
- 1944Prince Norodom Ranariddh, Cambodian politician
- 1947Valery Shary, Byelorussian Olympic champion weightlifter
- 1961IJsbrand Chardon, Dutch equestrian
- 1967Tia Carrere, American actress
- 1969Christy Turlington, American model
- 1972Hristos Meletoglou, Greek triple jumper
- 1976Mahée Paiement, Canadian actress
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