January 2 is the second day of the year according to the Gregorian calendar. There are 363 days remaining until the end of the year (364 days in leap years).
Finnish calendar: Playforia
Finnish-Swedish calendar: Gerhard, Gert, Jerry
Orthodox calendar: Sylvester, Tapio, Serafim
Calendar in the Northern Sámi language: Ábel
calendar in Inari Sámi: Aabel
in older calendars: Aabel, Aapel, Abel, Arimo, Seeti, Set, Seth, Svea
533 - Mercury became pope in the name of John II. He was the first pope to adopt a new (papal) name after becoming pope.
1492 - Reconquista ends in Spain, with the surrender of the Moors of Granada. In Granada on January 2, it is known as the "Dia de la Toma".
1757 - Calcutta is conquered by the United Kingdom.
1793 - Russia is divided by Russia and Prussia.
1872 - Brigham Young, Mormon leader, is arrested for polygamy (25 wives).
1905 - Russia-Japan War: The Russian Navy surrenders in Port Arthur, China.
1911 - Parliamentary elections begin in Finland.
1926 - The weekly newspaper Hakkapeliitta of the Finnish Association for Conservation begins its publication.
1935 - Trial of Bruno Hauptmann for the murder of pilot Charles Lindbergh's son begins.
1942 - World War II: Japan takes over Manila.
1944 - Alkoholiliike Oy's stores introduce the so-called wine card.
1955 - The President of Panama, Jose Antonio Remon, is assassinated.
1959 - The first bullet, the Soviet Luna 1, is launched.
1959 - Fidel Castro's troops, which overthrew the Fulgencio Batista regime, march on Havana, the capital of Cuba.
1964 - Attempted assassination of Ghanaian President Kwame Nkrumah.
1971 - 66 people are killed in a football match between Rangers FC and Celtic FC in Glasgow during the collapse of the Ibrox football stadium.
1972 - Early parliamentary elections begin in Finland. President Urho Kekkonen had dissolved Parliament in October 1971.
1973 - The Social Democratic Union of Workers and Small Farmers (TPSL), which has ceased to exist, is removed from the Ministry of Justice's party register.
1974 - A law signed by Richard Nixon sets a maximum speed of 55 miles per hour (approximately 88.5 km / h) on U.S. roads, with the goal of saving fuel due to the oil crisis.
1974 - The Soviet news agency TASS launches an official campaign against the author Alexander Solzhenitsyn, whose novel The Prison Camp Archipelago was published in Russian in Paris.
1979 - Sid Vicious's murder trial of Nancy Spungen begins.
1980 - The Helsinki Court of Appeal fines Bror Wahlroos, Chief of Staff of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, FIM 3,000 for misconduct and receiving a bribe in the Salora case.
1981 - Serial killer Peter Sutcliffe (“Yorkshire Ripper”) is arrested after killing 13 women between 1975 and 1980.
1983 - SKP's ax line, which ruled the Lapland district, dropped MP Esko-Juhani Tennilä from SKDL's official list of candidates in the parliamentary elections because he was considered to have acted contrary to the group's decisions. Tennilä went to the polls on its own list and garnered more than 15,000 votes.
1985 - Lake Inari: The Norwegian Ministry of Defense announced that on December 28, 1984, the Norwegian Air Surveillance had detected a “cruise missile” flying from the Barents Sea on the Soviet side through Norwegian airspace towards Finland.
1988 - Margaret Thatcher becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom for 3,167 days, longer than anyone else in the 20th century.
1993 - Bosnia's three military parties meet to discuss a peace plan.
1998 - Russia begins circulating a new Russian ruble to curb inflation and boost confidence.
2001 - The official shipping link between China and Taiwan is opened after a break of almost 50 years.
2003 - China's director of space exploration Juan Yie announced that the year