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Saturday January 2, 2021

January 2: Day of the Week

January 2, 2021 was the 2nd day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 363 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Saturday.

If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Doyōbi.

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Here’s the January calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

January 2021

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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)

  • 1492
    Reconquista: the emirate of Granada, the last Moorish stronghold in Spain, surrenders
  • 1777
    American 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
  • 1871
    Amadeus I becomes King of Spain
  • 1905
    Russo-Japanese War: The Russian garrison surrenders at Port Arthur, China
  • 1911
    A 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
  • 1927
    Angered by the anti-clerical provisions of the Mexican Constitution of 1917, Catholic rebels in Mexico rebelled against the government.
  • 1942
    World War II: Manila, Philippines is captured by Japanese forces
  • 1955
    Panamanian president José Antonio Remón Cantera is assassinated
  • 1959
    Luna 1, the first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the Moon and to orbit the Sun, is launched by the Soviet Union
  • 1999
    A brutal snowstorm smashes into the Midwestern United States, causing 14 inches (359 mm) of snow in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and 19 inches (487 mm) in Chicago, Illinois, where temperatures plunge to -13 °F (-25 °C); 68 deaths are reported

Who were born on January 2?

  • 1727
    James Wolfe, British general (d. 1759)
  • 1857
    Martha Carey Thomas, American educator, suffragist, and second President of Bryn Mawr College (d. 1935)
  • 1866
    Prof. Gilbert Murray, Australian classical scholar (d. 1957)
  • 1873
    Thérèse of Lisieux, French Roman Catholic nun (d. 1897)
  • 1889
    Sir Bertram Stevens, Premier of New South Wales 1932-39 (d. 1973)
  • 1928
    Avie Bennett, Canadian philanthropist
  • 1933
    Seiichi Morimura, Japanese novelist
  • 1942
    Hugh Shelton, 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • 1969
    Tommy Morrison, American boxer
  • 1976
    Mahée Paiement, Canadian actress

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