January 2: Day of the Week
January 2, 2019 was the 2nd day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 363 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Wednesday.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is miércoles.
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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
- 1492Reconquista: the emirate of Granada, the last Moorish stronghold in Spain, surrenders
- 1777American Revolutionary War: American forces under the command of George Washington repulsed a British attack at the Battle of the Assunpink Creek near Trenton, New Jersey
- 1818The British Institution of Civil Engineers is founded
- 1860The discovery of the planet Vulcan is announced at a meeting of the French Academy of Sciences in Paris, France
- 1900John Hay announces the Open Door Policy to promote trade with China
- 1942World War II: Manila, Philippines is captured by Japanese forces
- 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
- 2001Sila María Calderón becomes the first female Governor of Puerto Rico
Who were born on January 2?
- 1642Mehmed IV, Ottoman Sultan (d. 1693)
- 1857Martha Carey Thomas, American educator, suffragist, and second President of Bryn Mawr College (d. 1935)
- 1893Lillian Leitzel, German acrobat and strongwoman (d. 1931)
- 1942Ray Moore, Radio 2 DJ (d. 1989)
- 1948Judith Miller, American journalist
- 1953Manfred Wittke, German footballer
- 1961Gabrielle Carteris, American actress
- 1976Cletidus Hunt, American football player
- 1977Ales Pisa, Czech ice hockey player
- 1991Steele Sidebottom, Australian Rules Footballer
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