January 2: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

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

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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!

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 interesting facts about January 2nd in history!

What Events Happened On January 2 In History?

2018 The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that gaming addiction is a Mental Health Disorder.


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.

OTD in 1972: The mapping of Mars' surface began.

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


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 first photograph of Earth's Moon. Sadly, a fire broke out at his laboratory just two months later, 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. Read More

533 AD Mercurius became Pope John II, making him the first pope to change their name after attaining popehood.

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

Famous Quotes Said On January 2

Below are the most famous quotes people have said or written on this day throughout history.


“Never pretend that the things you haven’t got are not worth having.”

– Virginia Woolf

Famous People Born On January 2

Are you celebrating your birthday today? If so, did you know that you share the same birthday as Kate Bosworth? See what other famous people were born on this day.

1991 Ben Hardy

English Actor

Ben Hardy
31 years old
Born In:
England, UK

1975 Dax Shepard

American Actor

Dax Shepard
47 years old
Born In:
Michigan, USA

1968 Cuba Gooding Jr.

American Actor

Cuba Gooding Jr.
54 years old
Born In:
New York, USA

1983 Kate Bosworth

American Actress

Kate Bosworth
39 years old
Born In:
California, USA

Famous People Who Died On This Day

1881 - 1953 Guccio Gucci

Guccio Gucci

Guccio Gucci was an Italian businessman born on March 26, 1881. He died on this day in 1953 at age 71.

Special Holidays On January 2

If you can spare some time today, here are some unique holidays you could get involved with.

January 2: Run It up the Flagpole and See If Anyone Salutes It Day

Run It up the Flagpole and See If Anyone Salutes It Day

If you’re holding onto burning ideas that seem like they could have a lot of potential, today’s your day to shine. Run It Up the Flagpole and See If Anyone Salutes It Day is all about sharing your ideas and being creative.

January 2: National Pet Safety Travel Day

National Pet Safety Travel Day

If you like to take your pet on adventures, you better listen up! Today is Pet Travel Safety Day, and it's no joke. Have you considered what might happen if you got in a car accident when riding with your pet? It's time to sit down and learn about how to keep your fur babies safe!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

The dog, Pal, who played Lassie was originally hired as the stunt dog. Pal did so well on his stunts, the director recast Pal as Lassie.

January 2 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

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

Capricorn is the tenth astrological sign in the zodiac, originating from the constellation of Capricornus, the horned goat.

All those born in January have the Garnet birthstone. This birthstone provides love and loyal friendships into people’s lives while also giving them good health.

People born on Jan 2 were likely conceived the previous year on April 11.

A baby conceived on this day will likely be born around September 25th, 2022.

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