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)
- 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
- 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
- 1905Russo-Japanese War: The Russian garrison surrenders at Port Arthur, 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
- 1942World War II: Manila, Philippines is captured by Japanese forces
- 1949Luis Muñoz Marín becomes the first democratically elected Governor of Puerto Rico
- 1955Panamanian president José Antonio Remón Cantera is assassinated
- 1974President Richard Nixon signs a bill lowering the maximum U.S. speed limit to 55 MPH in order to conserve gasoline during an OPEC embargo
- 1992Leaders of armed opposition declare the President Zviad Gamsakhurdia deposed during a military coup in Georgia.
Who were born on January 2?
- 1892Seiichiro Kashio, Japanese tennis player (d. 1962)
- 1940S. R. S. Varadhan, Indian-American mathematician
- 1953Vincent Racaniello American virologist
- 1955Tex Brashear, American voice actor
- 1977Nikos Soultanidis, Greek footballer
- 1980Annie Bellemare, Canadian Figure Skater
- 1981Ryan Garko, American baseball player
- 1983Kate Bosworth, American actress
- 1986Troy Andrews, American musician
- 1987Syesha Mercado, American singer and actress
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