2 JANUARY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Saint Therese, 1873
  • Sally Rand, 1904
  • Sir Michael Tippett, 1905
  • Isaac Asimov, 1920
  • Julius La Rosa, 1930
  • Roger Miller, 1936
  • Jim Bakker, 1939
  • Christopher Durang, 1949
  • Christy Turlington, 1969

Died On This Day:

  • Fredrick William IV (Prussia), 1861
  • Emil Jannings, 1950
  • Tex Ritter, 1974
  • Erroll Garner, 1977
  • Una Merkel, 1986
  • Bill Veeck, 1986
  • Teddy Kollek, 2007
  • Anne Francis, 2011
  • Pete Postlethwaite, 2011

Today's Events:

  • 69 BC - Aulus Vitellius Germanicus, commonly known as Vitellius, becomes Emperor of Rome for less than a year; executed on December 22.
  • 1492 - Spanish army takes Grenada from the Moors; eight centuries of Arab presence ends.
  • 1611 - Trial of Countess Erszebet Báthory begins in Hungary; is found guilty of killing 610 young girls.
  • 1776 - First U.S. flag raised by the Continental Army.
  • 1788 - Georgia admitted to Union; fourth state to ratify constitution.
  • 1828 - New York Enquirer reporter James Gordon Bennett becomes first Washington News correspondent.
  • 1869 - World's first (gas) traffic light in Parliament Square, London explodes, injuring constable moving it.
  • 1870 - Brooklyn Bridge begins construction over the East River.
  • 1893 - Financial Times of London begins publication on pink paper; erroneously forecasts brilliant economy.
  • 1905 - Japanese capture Port Arthur in Russo Japanese War; Russians lose; front moves to Manchuria.
  • 1906 - George M. Cohan's musical 'Forty-five Minutes from Broadway' starring Victor Moore opens NY.
  • 1915 - D. W. Griffith's epic racist movie "The Birth of a Nation" premieres at the Liberty Theatre, 42nd St. New York City.
  • 1944 - Battle of Anzio WWII
  • 1959 - Luna I, first rocket to pass near Moon, launched.
  • 1959 - Fidel Castro and Che Guevara enter Havana, Cuba in triumph.
  • 1971 - Congress bans all cigarette advertising on US radio and television
  • 2008 - The price of crude oil soars to $100 per barrel for the first time in history on the Nymex exchange in New York.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Caspar del Bufalo
  • Macarius the Younger
  • Seraphim of Sarov

Holiday:

  • Day of Harpocrates, Egyptian God of Silence
  • Shigoto Hajime (Beginning of work) in Japan
  • Berchtold's Day celebrated in Switzerland
  • Ancestors Day in Haiti
  • Betsy Ross Day
  • Day of Revolution and Feast of Martyrs in Cuba

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • YÜAN TAN. Chinese New Year's Day. Based on lunar calendar - starts sunset on day of 2nd New Moon.
  • CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL 15th day of first month of lunar calendar marks end of Chinese New Year.
  • TU BI-SHEBAT (Judaism) New Year for Trees, celebrated on 15th of lunar month Shebat.
  • MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY 3rd Monday in January
  • ADULTS DAY in Japan - second Monday in January - 'Seijin no hi'
  • SNOW FESTIVAL - Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
  • GANESHA CHATURTHI, Hindu Festival of the Elephant God
  • VASANT PANCHAMI, Hindu Festival of Spring and of Saraswati, Goddess of Learning (end of January)
  • PONGAL AND MAKARA SANKRANTI, mid-January, Harvest festival celebrated in Southern India and Singapore
  • LAILAT AL MIRAJ Muslim Festival celebrating ascent of Muhammad into Heaven
  • JAPANESE NEW YEAR - 3 day festival
  • LOHRI, the Hindu Bonfire Festival, celebrated early January

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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