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 Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is jueves.
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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
- 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
- 1833Re-establishment of British rule on the Falkland Islands.
- 1942World War II: Manila, Philippines is captured by Japanese forces
- 1959Luna 1, the first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the Moon and to orbit the Sun, is launched by the Soviet Union
- 1971The second Ibrox disaster kills 66 fans at a Rangers-Celtic association football (soccer) match
- 2004Stardust successfully flies past Comet Wild 2, collecting samples that are returned to Earth.
Who were born on January 2?
- 1901Bob Marshall, American conservationist (d. 1939)
- 1909Riccardo Cassin, Italian mountaineer (d. 2009)
- 1917Vera Zorina, German dancer (d. 2003)
- 1940S. R. S. Varadhan, Indian-American mathematician
- 1961Gabrielle Carteris, American actress
- 1968Goichi Suda, Japanese video game developer
- 1969Patrick Huard, Quebec actor and comedian
- 1975Reuben Thorne, New Zealand rugby union player
- 1979Jonathan Greening, British footballer
- 1980Mac Danzig, American Mixed martial arts combatant
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