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!

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 fun & interesting facts about January 2nd in history!


What memorable events happened on January 2 in history? Keep reading to find out!


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

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


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


The Stardust space probe collected a sample of comet dust.

The probe flew within 147 miles (237km) of the Wild 2 comet to collect the samples of dust. On January 15, 2006, a capsule containing the sample was returned to Earth. On August 14, 2014, interstellar dust particles were identified within the sample.


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


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.


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.


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.”


The Duquesne Spy Ring, a Nazi German espionage network, was sentenced to prison.

Thirty-three members of the spy ring were convicted of espionage in what became the largest espionage case in US history that led to actual convictions. The spies were convicted after a 16-month-long FBI investigation.


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


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


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.


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.

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 Births

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.


Ben Hardy



Ben Hardy


33 years old

Born In:

England, UK


Dax Shepard



Dax Shepard


49 years old

Born In:

Michigan, USA


Cuba Gooding Jr.



Cuba Gooding Jr.


56 years old

Born In:

New York, USA


Kate Bosworth



Kate Bosworth


41 years old

Born In:

California, USA

Famous Deaths

Unfortunately, January 2nd has also been a day where we’ve had to say some goodbyes over the years…



Guccio Gucci



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 in Milan, Italy.

Died On:

Jan 2, 1953 (Age 71)

Died In:

Milan, Italy


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

Virginia Woolf

English Writer

Special Holidays

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
United States

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
United States

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!

THe Fact Site’s

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.

Birthday & Zodiac

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, 2024.

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