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 French then this day of the week in French is mercredi.
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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
- 1791Big Bottom massacre in the Ohio Country, marking the beginning of the Northwest Indian War
- 1900John Hay announces the Open Door Policy to promote trade with China
- 1905Russo-Japanese War: The Russian garrison surrenders at Port Arthur, China
- 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
- 1971The second Ibrox disaster kills 66 fans at a Rangers-Celtic association football (soccer) match
- 1992Leaders of armed opposition declare the President Zviad Gamsakhurdia deposed during a military coup in Georgia.
- 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?
- 1836Queen Emma of Hawaii, Consort of King Kamehameha IV (d. 1885)
- 1837Mily Balakirev, Russian composer (d. 1910)
- 1905Luigi Zampa, Italian film director and screenwriter (d. 1991)
- 1914Violet Vivian Finlay Stuart Mann, British writer (d. 1986)
- 1942Hugh Shelton, 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
- 1963David Cone, American baseball player
- 1968Anky van Grunsven, Dutch dressage champion
- 1977Nikos Soultanidis, Greek footballer
- 1984Otacilio, Brazilian footballer, Aviation Professional
- 1985Luis Beza, American musician
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