January 2: Day of the Week
January 2, 2020 was the 2nd day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 364 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Thursday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is jeudi.
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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
- 1791Big Bottom massacre in the Ohio Country, marking the beginning of the Northwest Indian War
- 1920The second Palmer Raid takes place with another 6,000 suspected communists and anarchists arrested and held without trial. These raids take place in several U.S. cities.
- 1942The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) convicts 33 members of a German spy ring headed by Fritz Joubert Duquesne in the largest espionage case in United States history—the Duquesne Spy Ring
- 1945World War II: Nuremberg, Germany (in German, Nürnberg) is severely bombed by Allied forces
- 1971The second Ibrox disaster kills 66 fans at a Rangers-Celtic association football (soccer) match
- 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.
- 2004Stardust successfully flies past Comet Wild 2, collecting samples that are returned to Earth.
Who were born on January 2?
- 1822Rudolf Clausius, German physicist (d. 1888)
- 1897Jim Londos, Greek wrestler (d. 1975)
- 1933Ed Casey, Australian politician (d. 2006)
- 1950Débora Duarte, Brazilian actress
- 1954Dawn Silva, American singer (The Brides of Funkenstein, P-Funk)
- 1955Vivien Savage, French singer
- 1969Karl-Heinz Grasser, Austrian politician
- 1976Danilo Di Luca, Italian cyclist
- 1982Athanasia Tsoumeleka, Greek race walker
- 1985Luis Beza, American musician
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