January 2nd


January 19, 2022

January 2 is the second day of the Gregorian calendar. It's New Year's Day in Scotland.


366 - The Alemanians cross the frozen Rhine and invade the Roman Empire. 533 - Mercurius changes his name to John and becomes Pope John II. He becomes the first pope to obtain a new name as he ascends to the papacy. 1492 - Reconquista: Spain is unified with the surrender of the Emirate of Granada, the last stronghold of the Moors. 1788 - Georgia becomes the 4th state in the United States. 1905 - Japan occupies Lüshun (旅順) after a close battle with Russia. 1929 - The United States and Canada sign the Niagara Falls Conservation Agreement. 1942 - World War II: Japanese troops occupy Manila, the capital of the Philippines. 2008 - During the trading of West Texas Intermediate Oil for February delivery on the New York Mercantile Exchange, for the first time ever, the price of oil exceeded $100 per barrel. 2013 - A magnitude 2.4 earthquake occurred 39 km east of Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do. 2014 - A magnitude 5.1 earthquake occurred off the eastern coast of Chiba Prefecture, Japan. 2015 - A British Blue Islands Airlines passenger plane made an emergency landing at London's Southend Airport after an engine fire broke out. All 28 passengers survived. 2015 - Boko Haram massacres the inhabitants of Baga, Nigeria (Baga Massacre in 2015). 2016 A magnitude 6.4 earthquake occurred in Heilongjiang, China. 47 executed in Saudi Arabia, including Shiite leader Nimr Bakr al-Nimr.


1959 - The first Soviet lunar probe, Luna 1, is launched. 2001 - A direct route connecting the People's Republic of China and the Republic of China is opened for the first time in 52 years. 2004 - NASA's Stardust spacecraft approaches Comet Wild 2, collects samples, and successfully returns to Earth. 2006 - A new 5,000 won note is issued in the Republic of Korea.


869 – Yozei, 57th Emperor of Japan. 1699 – Ottoman III, sultan and emperor of the Ottoman Empire. 1727 – James Wolfe, a British Army soldier (b. 1822 – Rudolf Clausius, German physicist (d. 1837 – Mili Balakirev, Russian composer (b. 1896 – Dji Bertov, Soviet film director (b. 1909 – Barry Goldwater, American politician, Republican nominee for the 1964 US presidential election. 1917 Jung Kook-jin, South Korean football player and coach. Kim Won-gyun, an artist from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. 1918 – Min Byung-gwon, South Korean politician (b. 1920 – Isaac Asimov, Russian science fiction writer (b. 1928 – Daisaku Ikeda, Japanese Buddhist scholar, poet, and president of SGI. 1936 – Kim Seong-won, South Korean actor (b. 1938 – Go Gun, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea (b. 1944 – Kim Jung-kyung, South Korean voice actress (b. 1946 – Goro Ibuki, Japanese actor (b. 1950 – David Shiprin, American clarinetist (b. 1951 – Kim Chu-ja, a South Korean singer. 1960 – Oh Dae-seok, South Korean baseball player (b. 1961 – Todd Haynes, American film director (b. 1962 – Jang Jae-geun, South Korean athlete (b. 1971 – Seo Yong-bin, a South Korean coach and former baseball player. 1975 – Son Min-han, a South Korean coach and former baseball player. 1976 – Paz Vega, Spanish actress (b. 1978 – Yoon Se-ah, a South Korean actress. 1980 – Kim Mame, a South Korean broadcaster (b. 1988 Korean actor Kim Si-hoo. Kim Sang-soo, South Korean baseball player. Satomi Akesaka is a Japanese voice actress. Danish footballer Nadia Nadim. 1989 South Korean announcer Kim Nam-hee. Lee Yong-chan, South Korean baseball player. 1990 – Yoon Tae-hwa, South Korean singer (b. 1991 – Yoo, South Korean singer

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