January 2: Day of the Week
January 2, 2018 was the 2nd day of the year 2018 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 363 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Tuesday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Kayōbi.
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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)
- 1492Reconquista: the emirate of Granada, the last Moorish stronghold in Spain, surrenders
- 1788Georgia becomes the fourth state to ratify the United States Constitution
- 1791Big Bottom massacre in the Ohio Country, marking the beginning of the Northwest Indian War
- 1818The British Institution of Civil Engineers is founded
- 1871Amadeus I becomes King of Spain
- 1941World War II: German bombing severely damages the Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
- 1942World War II: Manila, Philippines is captured by Japanese forces
- 1971The second Ibrox disaster kills 66 fans at a Rangers-Celtic association football (soccer) match
- 2001Sila María Calderón becomes the first female Governor of Puerto Rico
- 2002Eduardo Duhalde is appointed interim President of Argentina by the Legislative Assembly.
Who were born on January 2?
- 1727James Wolfe, British general (d. 1759)
- 1905Michael Tippett, English composer (d. 1998)
- 1927Grigoris Varfis, Greek politician
- 1938Hans Herbjørnsrud, Norwegian author
- 1964Pernell Whitaker, American boxer
- 1969Christy Turlington, American model
- 1972Adam Elliot, Australian animator
- 1975Doug Robb, American singer (Hoobastank)
- 1976Mahée Paiement, Canadian actress
- 1978Karina Smirnoff, Ukrainian-American professional ballroom dancer
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