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)
- 1492Reconquista: the emirate of Granada, the last Moorish stronghold in Spain, surrenders
- 1818The British Institution of Civil Engineers is founded
- 1935Bruno Hauptmann goes on trial for the murder of Charles Lindbergh, Jr., infant son of aviator Charles Lindbergh
- 1949Luis Muñoz Marín becomes the first democratically elected Governor of Puerto Rico
- 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
- 1992Leaders of armed opposition declare the President Zviad Gamsakhurdia deposed during a military coup in Georgia.
- 1999A brutal snowstorm smashes into the Midwestern United States, causing 14 inches (359 mm) of snow in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and 19 inches (487 mm) in Chicago, Illinois, where temperatures plunge to -13 °F (-25 °C); 68 deaths are reported
- 2001Sila María Calderón becomes the first female Governor of Puerto Rico
- 2006An explosion in a coal mine in Sago, West Virginia traps and kills 12 miners, while leaving one miner in critical condition.
Who were born on January 2?
- 1727James Wolfe, British general (d. 1759)
- 1827Peter Semenov of Tian Shan, Russian explorer (d. 1914)
- 1909Barry M. Goldwater, American politician (d. 1998)
- 1949Leijn Loevesijn, Dutch cyclist
- 1953Jacques Tichelaar, a Dutch politician and trade union leader
- 1953Vincent Racaniello American virologist
- 1961Craig James, American football player
- 1969Karl-Heinz Grasser, Austrian politician
- 1981Ryan Garko, American baseball player
- 1983Kate Bosworth, American actress
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