January 2: Day of the Week
January 2, 2021 was the 2nd day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 363 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Saturday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is samedi.
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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)
- 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
- 1791Big Bottom massacre in the Ohio Country, marking the beginning of the Northwest Indian War
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 1955Panamanian president José Antonio Remón Cantera is assassinated
- 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
Who were born on January 2?
- 1836Queen Emma of Hawaii, Consort of King Kamehameha IV (d. 1885)
- 1837Mily Balakirev, Russian composer (d. 1910)
- 1857Martha Carey Thomas, American educator, suffragist, and second President of Bryn Mawr College (d. 1935)
- 1860William Corless Mills, American museum curator (d. 1928)
- 1896Sir Lawrence Wackett, Australian aircraft engineer (d. 1982)
- 1932Peter Redgrove, British poet (d. 2003)
- 1933Ed Casey, Australian politician (d. 2006)
- 1938Ian Brady, British serial killer
- 1972Hristos Meletoglou, Greek triple jumper
- 1980Annie Bellemare, Canadian Figure Skater
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