2021 January

January 2: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on January 2

January 2nd is officially Pet Safety Travel Day and Run It up the Flagpole and See If Anyone Salutes It Day.

It’s the second day of the year and the New Year is officially older than 24 hours!

Those of you who were born on January 2 share the Capricorn zodiac sign.

Here you’ll find facts about January 2, as well as important events that happened on this day throughout history. You can also find some less important events that happened on this day including gaming & movie events.

Did you know that on this day in 1972, the Mariner 9 started to map the surface of Mars? In total, it mapped 85% of the surface and sent back over 7,000 pictures.

Keep reading for more facts about January 2nd in history!

What Happened On January 2 In History?

2018

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that gaming addiction is a Mental Health Disorder.

Source BBC
2014

A bus plunged 400ft from a cliff in Malshej Ghat, India, killing 30 people.

The bus collided with a lorry resulting in the driver losing control. The bus then fell into a 400 ft deep gorge and split open on the rocky ground.
1981

Prolific serial killer Peter Sutcliffe, also known as the “Yorkshire Ripper” was arrested in Sheffield, UK.

1972

The mapping of Mars’ surface began.

The Mariner 9 started mapping over 85% of the surface area of Mars on this day.
Source NASA
1965

Martin Luther King Jr. pushed hard to encourage the registration of black voters in Selma.

Brutality against blacks was rife during this time. Martin Luther King Jr. picked this location in hopes of attracting national attention.
1960

Democratic Senator John F. Kennedy gave a speech announcing that he was running for US President.

I believe that the Democratic Party has a historic function to perform in the winning of the 1960 election, comparable to its role in 1932. I intend to do my utmost to see that that victory is won.
1929

The US & Canada agreed to divert the Niagara River to protect the Niagara Falls from eroding.

1906

A patent was awarded to Willis Carrier which gave us the world’s first Air Conditioner.

1839

The Moon was photographed for the first time.

OTD in 1839: The Moon was photographed for the first time.
On this day a French photographer called Louis Daguerre took the very first photograph of Earth's Moon. Sadly, just two months later a fire broke out at his laboratory which destroyed the entire building including all his work.
1788

Georgia became the 4th state to join the United States of America.

OTD in 1788: Georgia became the 4th state to join the United States of America.
366

The Alemanni crossed the frozen Rhine in large numbers and invaded the Roman Empire.

Did you know that on this day, January 2nd 1972, the Mariner 9 started to map the surface of Mars?