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Notable Historical Events on January 2nd

1986NY Islander, Mike Bossy, scores his 500th goal

1988Mulroney & Reagan sign Canada-US free trade agreement

1933Bradman scores 103* against the Bodyline attack in the 2nd Test

1939Bradman scores 107 SA v Victoria, his 4th consecutive century

1965Martin Luther King Jr. begins a drive to register black voters

1934Bradman scores 253 NSW v Queensland, 204 mins, 29 fours 4 sixes

2013Ray Lewis announces he will retire at the end of the playoffs

1947Mahatma Gandhi begins march for peace in East-Bengali

1936Bradman scores 357 for SA v Vic, 424 minutes, 40 fours

197455 MPH speed limit imposed by Richard Nixon

1913Mahatma Gandhi leaves the Tolstoy Farm in Transvaal, South Africa.

18391st photo of the Moon (French photographer Louis Daguerre)

1979Sid Vicious' trial for murder of girlfriend Nancy Spungen begins

198068th Australian Men Tennis: Guillermo Vilas beat John Sadri (76 63 62)

January 2nd Historical Events
Date Event
69
Roman Lower Rhine army proclaims its commander, Vitellius, emperor 
366
The Alamanni cross the frozen Rhine River in large numbers, invading the Roman Empire. 
533
John II begins his reign as Catholic Pope 
1235
Emperor Joseph II orders Jews of Galicia Austria to adopt family names 
1492
Muhammad XII. (Boabdil) last Nasird ruler of Moorish fortress Alhambra surrenders to the Catholic Monarchs 
1570
Tsar Ivan the Terrible's march to Novgorod begins 
1585
Spain & Catholic France sign Saint League of Joinville 
1602
Spanish force in Ireland surrender to the English army at Kinsdale 
1678
Staatsoper Hamburg opens with Theiles "Adam und Eva" 
1757
British troops occupy Calcutta India 
1776
1st revolutionary flag displayed 
1776
Austria ends interregation torture 
1788
Georgia is 4th state to ratify US constitution 
1791
Big Bottom massacre in the Ohio Country, marking the beginning of the Northwest Indian War. 
1800
Free black community of Phila petitions Congress to abolish slave 
1811
US Sen Thomas Pickering is 1st senator censured (revealed confidential documents communicated by the president of the US) 
1814
Lord Byron completes "The Corsair" 
1818
Lord Byron completes "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage" (4th canto) 
1818
The British Institution of Civil Engineers is founded. 
1831
Liberator, abolitionist newspaper, begins publishing in Boston 
1832
1st Curling club in US (Orchard Lake Curling Club) opens 
1833
Re-establishment of British rule on the Falklands. 
1839
1st photo of the Moon (French photographer Louis Daguerre
1842
1st US wire suspension bridge for general traffic opens in Penn 
1843
Wagner's opera "Der Fliegende Holländer" premieres, Dresden 
1861
SC seizes inactive Ft Johnson in Charleston Harbor 
1861
Colonel Charles Stone is put in charge of organizing DC militia 
1863
Battle of Murfreesboro (Stone's River) ends 
1871
King Amadeus I of Spain inaugurated at 25 
1879
1st Test match hat-trick, Fred Spofforth at the MCG 
1879
British battleship Thunder explodes in Gulf of Ismid, 9 die 
1879
Dr Benjamin E Mays, named president of Atlanta Board of Education 
1879
Northwestern League (minor baseball league) organized, Rockford, Ill 
1881
Camille Saint-Saëns' 3rd Concerto in B, premieres 
1882
Because of anti-monopoly laws, Standard Oil is organized as a trust 
1883
Battle of Boschberg takes place in South Africa as part of the Mapoch War 
1885
Gen Wolseley receives last distress signal of Gen Gordon in Khartoum 
1890
Alice Sanger becomes 1st female White House staffer 
1890
Record 19'2" alligator shot in Louisiana by E A McIlhenny 
1893
1st US commemoratives & 1st US stamp to picture a woman issued (Queen Isabella, patron of Columbus) 
1893
World's Columbian Exposition opens in Chicago [or 0501] 
1896
Battle at Doornkop, South Africa (Boers beat Dr Jamesons troops) 
1900
E Verlinger begins manufacturing 7" single-sided records (Montreal) 
1900
Gustave Charpentiers opera "Louise," premieres in Paris 
1900
John Hay announces the Open Door Policy to promote trade with China. 
1903
Pres T Roosevelt shuts down post office in Indianola Miss, for refusing to accept its appointed postmistress because she was black 
1905
Elara, a satellite of Jupiter, discovered by Charles Dillon Perrine in San Jose, California 
1905
Japanese troops capture Port Arthur from Russia, a blow to national morale and causing further discontent within Russia 
1905
The American anarcho-syndicalist union known as the Industrial Workers of the World forms. 
1906
W H Carrier recieves a US patent for the world's first air conditioner 
1908
Canadian branch of the Royal Mint opens in Ottawa 
1909
1st official Dutch 11 city skate (Minne Hoekstra in 13:50) 
1910
1st junior high schools in US opens (Berkeley California) 
1911
Bkln Dodgers pres Charles Ebbets announces purchase of grounds to build a new concrete-and-steel stadium to seat 30,000 
1913
National Woman's Party forms 
1913
Mahatma Gandhi leaves the Tolstoy Farm in Transvaal, South Africa. 
1914
Philips installs research dept in Eindhoven 
1917
Royal Bank of Canada takes over Quebec Bank 
1918
Dodgers trade Casey Stengel & Cutshaw to Pitts for Grimes & Mamaux 
1918
NHL Montreal Wanderers disband after Westmount arena burns down 
1919
Anti-British uprising in Ireland 
1919
Lithuania gains independence 
1920
10,000 US union & socialist organizers arrested (Palmer Raids) 
1921
1st religious service radio broadcast in US, KDKA-Pittsburgh 
1921
DeYoung Museum in Golden Gate Park opens 
1923
Ku Klux Klan surprise attack on black residential area Rosewood Fla, 8 killed (compensation awarded in 1995) 
1925
Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region established (now in Tadzhik SSR) 
1929
US & Canada agree to preserve Niagara Falls 
1932
Young gang shoot dead 6 police in Springfield Missouri 
1933
Bradman scores 103* against the Bodyline attack in the 2nd Test 
1933
Bruins beat Rangers in NY 13-3 
1933
Ijmuider fishing strike begins (till July 11th) 
1933
US troops leave Nicaragua 
1934
1st state liquor stores open, in Pennsylvania 
1934
Bradman scores 253 NSW v Queensland, 204 mins, 29 fours 4 sixes 
1935
Bruno R Hauptmann trial begins for kidnap-murder of Lindbergh baby 
1936
1st electron tube to enable night vision described, St Louis, Mo 
1936
Bradman scores 357 for SA v Vic, 424 minutes, 40 fours 
1938
Book publisher Simon and Schuster founded 
1939
Bradman scores 107 SA v Victoria, his 4th consecutive century 
1941
World War II: German bombing severely damages the Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, Wales. 
1941
World War II: The U.S. government announces its Liberty ship program to build freighters in support of the war effort. 
1942
WWII: 28 nations at war with Axis powers, pledge no separate peace deals 
1942
German troops in Bardia surrender 
1942
Japanese troops occupy Manila Philippines 
1942
The United States Navy opens a blimp base at Lakehurst, New Jersey. 
1944
1st use of helicopters during warfare (British Atlantic patrol) 
1945
Allied air raid on Nuremberg 
1945
Kentucky begins 130 home basketball game win streak, ends in 1955 
1945
Radio Orange ends cooperation at Liese-Aktion 
1947
Mahatma Gandhi begins march for peace in East-Bengali 
1948
WNDT (now WNET) TV channel 13 in New York-Newark, NY (PBS) begins 
1949
KDKA TV channel 2 in Pittsburgh, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting 
1949
Luis Muñoz Marín becomes the first democratically elected Governor of Puerto Rico. 
1951
Philip Barry's "Second Threshold," premieres in NYC 
1952
"Pal Joey" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 542 performances 
1953
NBA Baltimore Bullets begin a 32 game road losing streak 
1954
Herman Wouks "Caine Mutiny," premieres in NYC 
1955
1st "Bob Cummings Show" premieres on NBC (later on CBS) 
1955
Panamanian president Jose Antonio Remon is assassinated. 
1956
Poujadists/communists win French parliamentary elections 
1958
Dmitri Shostakovitch' 2nd Piano concert, premieres in NY 
1959
USSR launches Mechta (Luna 1) for 1st lunar fly-by, 1st solar orbit 
1960
1st redshank old world shore bird reported in North America (Halifax) 
1960
John Reynolds sets age of solar system at 4,950,000,000 years 
1960
Roger Sessions' 4th Symphony, premieres 
1960
Senator John F Kennedy, announces his candidacy for the US Presidency 
1961
1st AFL Championship Game, Houston Oilers beat LA Chargers 24-16 
1961
Hawaii's, then all time low temperature, 14°F recorded atop Haleakale 
1962
Nighttime version of "Password" with Allen Ludden premieres on CBS 
1964
Failed assassination attempt on president Nkrumah of Ghana 
1965
Ayub Khan elected president of Pakistan 
1965
Martin Luther King Jr. begins a drive to register black voters 
1965
NY Jets sign quarterback Joe Namath 
1965
Obverse design of all Canadian coins is changed to depict present-day 
1966
1st Jewish child born in Spain since 1492 expulsion 
1966
Green Bay Packers beat Cleveland Browns 23-12 in NFL championship game 
1968
"Zizi" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 49 performances 
1968
Christian Barnard performs 2nd heart transplant 
1968
KBHK TV channel 44 in San Francisco, CA (IND) begins broadcasting 
1969
"Fig Leaves Are Falling" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 4 perfs 
1969
"Soviet Sport" calls Emile Zatopek a public enemy 
1969
Lorraine Hansberry's "To be Young, Gifted & Black," premieres in NYC 
1969
Luis Ferré becomes the first statehooder Governor of Puerto Rico. 
1969
Operation Barrier Reef begins in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam. 
1970
Dutch premiere of musical "Hair" in Amsterdam 
1970
US population is 293,200,000; Black population: 22,600,000 (11.1%) 
1971
A barrier collapses at Ibrox Park football ground at end of a soccer match in Glasgow Scotland, killing 66 
1972
"Rothschilds" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 505 perfs 
1972
Dallas Cowboys beat SF '49ers 14-3 in NFC championship game 
1972
Mariner 9 begins mapping Mars 
1972
Miami Dolphins beat Balt Colts 21-0 in AFC championship game 
1972
Anti-internment rally in Belfast, North Ireland 
1974
55 MPH speed limit imposed by Richard Nixon 
1974
Worst fire in Argentine history destroys 1.2 million acres 
1975
US Dept of Interior designates grizzly bear a threatened species 
1977
Bowie Kuhn suspends Braves owner Ted Turner for one year due to tampering charges in Gary Matthews free-agency signing 
1978
Bulent Ecevit forms government in Turkey 
1978
Rhino Records releases their 1st album "Wildmania" 
1979
30th Islander shut-out opponent-Glenn Resch 9-0 vs Vancouver 
1979
Gavaskar gets twin tons for India for the third time (v WI) 
1979
Sid Vicious' trial for murder of girlfriend Nancy Spungen begins 
1980
68th Australian Men Tennis: Guillermo Vilas beat John Sadri (76 63 62) 
1981
Mary Terstegge Meagher swims female record 200 m butterfly (2:05.65) 
1981
Sylvester Clarke knocks out spectator with brick, WI v Pakistan 
1982
"Camelot" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 48 performances 
1982
70th Australian Mens Tennis: Johan Kriek beats S Denton (62 76 67 64) 
1982
Islanders start 23 undefeated home streak (21-0-2) 14 straight wins 
1982
San Diego Chargers beat Miami Dolphins, 41-38 in 13:52 of OT 
1982
"The Epic in Miami", in 85 degree heat (Fahrenheit), the San Diego Chargers defeat the Miami Dolphins 41-38 in overtime in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game, a game that set numerous playoff scoring records 
1983
"Annie" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 2,377 performances 
1983
"Sophisticated Ladies" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 767 perfs 
1983
Don Muraco beats Pedro Morales to become WWF Intercontinental Champ 
1983
Gary Trudeau takes a 20-month break from writing "Doonesbury" 
1983
Ken Anderson of Cincinnati completes record 20 consecutive passes 
1983
Several African National Congress(ANC) members detained in Swaziland decide to leave the country voluntarily for Mozambique. 
1984
Darryl Cullinan, 16, scores his 1st first-class cricket century 
1984
Miami beats Nebraska in Orange Bowl for college football championship 
1984
Riot in Tunis kills over 100 
1984
Wilson Goode, sworn-in as Phila's 1st black mayor 
1984
Major-General Muhammadu Buhari is declared Head of State in Nigeria, following a military coup. 
1985
90th hat trick in Islander history-Brent Sutter 
1985
Australia beat WI by innings at SCG, Bob Holland 10 match wkts 
1985
Egyptian Pres Mubarak reappoints Coptic pope Shenuda III 
1985
Nevada-Las Vegas beats Utah 142-140, highest college basketball score 
1985
Undefeated BYU becomes college football champions 
1986
191.66 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange 
1986
NY Islander, Mike Bossy, scores his 500th goal 
1987
Penn State upsets Miami in Fiesta Bowl for college football champ 
1987
Troops of Chad President Habré conquer Fada oasis 
1988
Ashland Oil storage tank spills 3.8 million gallons, Penn 
1988
Mulroney & Reagan sign Canada-US free trade agreement 
1988
Right-wing guerrillas ambush a train near Mozambique's western border, killing at least 22 people and injuring 71. 
1989
Notre Dame beats West Virginia for college football championship 
1989
UCLA wins a record 7th consecutive bowl game 
1990
Dow Jones hits record 2,800 (2,810.15) 
1990
Sting joins wrestlings 4 Horsemen (Flair, Arn Anderson, Ole Anderson) 
1991
Colorado wins its 1st AP national title poll 
1992
Test debut of Shane Warne, v India at Sydney 
1993
"Gypsy Passion" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 55 performances 
1994
"Abe Lincoln in Illinois" closes at Beaumont NYC after 40 perfs 
1994
"Shakespeare after My Father" closes at Helen Hayes NYC after 266 perf 
1994
Battles between army & rebellious indians in South Mexico, kill 57 
1995
Bus crashes in Luzon Philippines, 29 killed 
1995
Carquest Bowl 5: South Carolina beats West Virginia, 24-21 
1995
Most distant galaxy yet discovered found by scientists using Keck telescope in Hawaii (est 15 billion light years away) 
1997
Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Columbus OH on WBZX 99.7 FM 
1998
Autopsy of Chris Farley shows he overdosed of opiates & cocaine 
1999
A 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, where temperatures plunge to -13°F (-25°C); 68 deaths are reported. 
2001
Sila Calderón becomes the first female Governor of Puerto Rico. 
2002
Eduardo Duhalde is appointed interim President of Argentina by the Legislative Assembly. 
2004
Stardust successfully flies past Comet Wild 2, collecting samples that it will return to Earth two years later. 
2013
Ray Lewis announces he will retire at the end of the playoffs 
2014
30 people are killed after a bus plunges off a cliff and falls 400 ft in Malshej Ghat, India 
2016
Saudi Arabia executes 47 people in 1 day after terror convictions 
2017
Chicago Ends Year With 762 Killings, the Most in 2 Decades 
2017
Russian diplomats expelled by Obama over hacking leave US 
2017
'Hollywood' sign changed to 'Hollyweed' in new year prank 
2017
Brazil gunman kills ex-wife, son and 10 others in Campinas 
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