On This Day for 2nd January (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 247

  • 1950 16th Sugar Bowl: #2 Oklahoma beats #9 LSU, 35-0
  • 1950 16th Orange Bowl: #15 Santa Clara beats #11 Kentucky, 21-13
  • 1951 Philip Barry's "Second Threshold," premieres in NYC
  • 1952 "Pal Joey" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 542 performances
  • 1953 NBA Baltimore Bullets begin a 32 game road losing streak
  • 1954 Herman Wouks "Caine Mutiny," premieres in NYC
  • 1955 1st "Bob Cummings Show" premieres on NBC (later on CBS)
  • 1955 Panamanian president Jose Antonio Remon is assassinated.
  • 1956 Poujadists/communists win French parliamentary elections
  • 1956 42nd Rose Bowl: #2 Michigan State beats #4 UCLA, 17-14
  • 1956 22nd Sugar Bowl: #7 Georgia Tech beats #11 Pittsburgh, 7-0
  • 1956 22nd Orange Bowl: #1 Oklahoma beats #3 Maryland, 20-6
  • 1958 Dmitri Shostakovitch' 2nd Piano concert, premieres in NY
  • 1959 USSR launches Mechta (Luna 1) for 1st lunar fly-by, 1st solar orbit
  • 1960 1st redshank old world shore bird reported in North America (Halifax)
  • 1960 John Reynolds sets age of solar system at 4,950,000,000 years
  • 1960 Roger Sessions' 4th Symphony, premieres
  • 1960 Senator John F Kennedy, announces his candidacy for the US Presidency
  • 1961 1st AFL Championship Game, Houston Oilers beat LA Chargers 24-16
  • 1961 Hawaii's, then all time low temperature, 14°F recorded atop Haleakale
  • 1961 47th Rose Bowl: #6 Washington beats #1 Minnesota, 17-7
  • 1961 27th Sugar Bowl: #2 Mississippi beats Rice, 14-6
  • 1961 27th Orange Bowl: #5 Missouri beats #4 Navy, 21-14
  • 1962 Nighttime version of "Password" with Allen Ludden premieres on CBS
  • 1964 Failed assassination attempt on president Nkrumah of Ghana
  • 1965 Ayub Khan elected president of Pakistan

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1965 Martin Luther King Jr. begins a drive to register black voters

Clergyman and Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Clergyman and Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 1965 NY Jets sign quarterback Joe Namath
  • 1965 Obverse design of all Canadian coins is changed to depict present-day
  • 1966 1st Jewish child born in Spain since 1492 expulsion
  • 1966 Green Bay Packers beat Cleveland Browns 23-12 in NFL championship game
  • 1967 53rd Rose Bowl: #7 Purdue beats Southern California, 14-13
  • 1967 33rd Sugar Bowl: #6 Alabama beats #3 Nebraska, 34-7
  • 1967 33rd Orange Bowl: Florida beats #8 Georgia Tech, 27-12
  • 1968 "Zizi" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 49 performances
  • 1968 Christian Barnard performs 2nd heart transplant
  • 1968 KBHK TV channel 44 in San Francisco, CA (IND) begins broadcasting

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1968 Cecil Day-Lewis is appointed British Poet Laureate by Queen Elizabeth II

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 1969 "Fig Leaves Are Falling" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 1969 "Soviet Sport" calls Emile Zatopek a public enemy
  • 1969 Lorraine Hansberry's "To be Young, Gifted & Black," premieres in NYC
  • 1969 Luis Ferré becomes the first statehooder Governor of Puerto Rico.
  • 1969 Operation Barrier Reef begins in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam.

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1969 Australian Rupert Murdoch gains control of the 'News of the World'

Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch
Media Mogul
Rupert Murdoch
  • 1970 Dutch premiere of musical "Hair" in Amsterdam
  • 1970 US population is 293,200,000; Black population: 22,600,000 (11.1%)
  • 1971 A barrier collapses at Ibrox Park football ground at end of a soccer match in Glasgow Scotland, killing 66
  • 1972 "Rothschilds" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 505 performances
  • 1972 Mariner 9 begins mapping Mars
  • 1972 AFC Championship Game: Miami Dolphins beat Baltimore Colts 21-0
  • 1972 An anti-internment rally is held in Belfast, North Ireland
  • 1972 NFC Championship Game: Dallas Cowboys beat San Francisco 49ers 14-3

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1974 55 MPH speed limit imposed by Richard Nixon

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • 1974 Worst fire in Argentine history destroys 1.2 million acres
  • 1975 US Dept of Interior designates grizzly bear a threatened species
  • 1977 Bowie Kuhn suspends Braves owner Ted Turner for one year due to tampering charges in Gary Matthews free-agency signing
  • 1978 Rhino Records releases their 1st album "Wildmania"
  • 1978 64th Rose Bowl: #13 Washington beats #4 Michigan, 27-20
  • 1978 44th Sugar Bowl: #3 Alabama beats #9 Ohio State, 35-6
  • 1978 44th Orange Bowl: #6 Arkansas beats #2 Oklahoma, 31-6
  • 1979 30th Islander shut-out opponent-Glenn Resch 9-0 vs Vancouver
  • 1979 Gavaskar gets twin tons for India for the third time (v WI)

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1979 Sid Vicious' trial for murder of girlfriend Nancy Spungen begins

Musician Sid Vicious
Musician
Sid Vicious
  • 1980 British Steel workers go on a national strike

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1980 68th Men's Australian Open: Guillermo Vilas beats John Sadri (7-6, 6-3, 6-2)

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Guillermo Vilas
  • 1980 68th Women's Australian Open: Barbara Jordan beats Sharon Walsh (6-3, 6-3)
  • 1981 Mary Terstegge Meagher swims female record 200 m butterfly (2:05.65)
  • 1981 Sylvester Clarke knocks out spectator with brick, WI v Pakistan
  • 1982 "Camelot" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 48 performances
  • 1982 Islanders start 23 undefeated home streak (21-0-2) 14 straight wins
  • 1982 "The Epic in Miami", in 85 degree heat (Fahrenheit), the San Diego Chargers defeat the Miami Dolphins 41-38 in overtime in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game, a game that set numerous playoff scoring records
  • 1983 "Annie" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 2,377 performances

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1983 Duke Ellington's musical "Sophisticated Ladies" closes at Lunt-Fontanne, NYC after 767 performances

Jazz-orchestra leader, Composer, Pianist Duke Ellington
Jazz-orchestra leader, Composer, Pianist
Duke Ellington
  • 1983 Don Muraco beats Pedro Morales to become WWF Intercontinental Champ
  • 1983 Gary Trudeau takes a 20-month break from writing "Doonesbury"
  • 1983 Ken Anderson of Cincinnati completes record 20 consecutive passes
  • 1983 Several African National Congress(ANC) members detained in Swaziland decide to leave the country voluntarily for Mozambique.
  • 1984 Darryl Cullinan, 16, scores his 1st first-class cricket century
  • 1984 Riot in Tunis kills over 100
  • 1984 Wilson Goode, sworn-in as Phila's 1st black mayor

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1984 Major-General Muhammadu Buhari is declared Head of State in Nigeria, following a military coup.

President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari
President of Nigeria
Muhammadu Buhari
  • 1984 70th Rose Bowl: UCLA beats #4 Illinois, 45-9
  • 1984 50th Sugar Bowl: #3 Auburn beats #8 Michigan, 9-7
  • 1984 13th Fiesta Bowl: #14 Ohio State beats #15 Pittsburgh, 28-23
  • 1984 50th Orange Bowl: #5 Miami (FL) beats #1 Nebraska, 31-30
  • 1985 90th hat trick in Islander history-Brent Sutter
  • 1985 Australia beat WI by innings at SCG, Bob Holland 10 match wkts
  • 1985 Egyptian Pres Mubarak reappoints Coptic pope Shenuda III
  • 1985 Nevada-Las Vegas beats Utah 142-140, highest college basketball score
  • 1985 Undefeated BYU becomes college football champions
  • 1986 191.66 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange

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1986 NY Islander, Mike Bossy, scores his 500th goal

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • 1987 Troops of Chad President Habré conquer Fada oasis
  • 1987 16th Fiesta Bowl: #2 Penn State beats #1 Miami, 14-10
  • 1988 Ashland Oil storage tank spills 3.8 million gallons, Penn

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1988 Mulroney & Reagan sign Canada-US free trade agreement

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1988 Right-wing guerrillas ambush a train near Mozambique's western border, killing at least 22 people and injuring 71.
  • 1989 Notre Dame beats West Virginia for college football championship
  • 1989 UCLA wins a record 7th consecutive bowl game
  • 1989 75th Rose Bowl: #11 Michigan beats #5 Southern California, 22-14

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 220

  • 1928 Vaughn Beals, Cambridge Massachusetts, CEO (Harley Davidson motorcycle)
  • 1928 Avie Bennett, Canadian philanthropist
  • 1928 Daisaku Ikeda, Japanese writer
  • 1929 Art Prysock, jazz musician
  • 1930 Julius LaRosa, American singer (fired by Arthur Godfrey on the air), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1931 Toshiki Kaifu, premier of Japan (1989-91)
  • 1932 Dabney Coleman, (That Girl, Mary Hartman, Buffalo Bill), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1933 Ed Casey, Australian politician (d. 2006)
  • 1933 Morimura Seiichi, Japanese novelist

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1936 Roger Miller, country singer (King of the Road, Dang Me), born in Fort Worth, Texas

Country Singer Roger Miller
Country Singer
Roger Miller
  • 1937 Marianne McDonald, classicist/philanthropist
  • 1938 John Considine, actor (Reginald Love-Another World)
  • 1938 Ian Brady, British serial killer
  • 1938 Hans Herbjørnsrud, Norwegian author
  • 1939 Jim Bakker, televangelist (PTL Club)/rapist (Jessica Hahn)
  • 1940 S. R. S. Varadhan, Indian-American mathematician
  • 1942 Hugh Shelton, 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • 1943 Barış Manço, Turkish singer and television producer (d. 1999)
  • 1944 Peter Eotvos, composer
  • 1944 Prince Norodom Ranariddh, Cambodian politician
  • 1946 Richard Cole, American tour manager (Led Zeppelin)
  • 1947 Aleksandr Tikhonova, USSR, biathalon relay (Oly-gold-1968, 72, 76, 80)
  • 1947 Calvin Hill, NFL running back (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1947 Lanny Bassham, US, rifle-3 position (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • 1947 Jack Hanna, American zoologist
  • 1948 Kerry Minnear, Dorset, English rocker (Gentle Giant)
  • 1949 Chick Churchill, Wales, keyboardist (Ten Years After-I'm Going Home)
  • 1949 Christopher Durang, playwright/actor (Sister Mary), born in Montclair, New Jersey
  • 1950 David Shifrin, American classical clarinetist
  • 1951 Nadia Cassini, [Gianna Lou Muller], Woodstock NY, model (Oui)
  • 1951 Alexander Pogrebinsky, Russian painter
  • 1952 Ricky Van Shelton, Grit Va, country singer (Wild-Eyed Dream)
  • 1952 Wendy Phillips, American actress (Executive Suite, Promised Land), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1952 Graeme Strachan, Australian rock singer (Skyhooks) (d. 2001)
  • 1954 Ludmila Borozna, USSR, volleyball player (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • 1954 Henry Bonilla, American politician
  • 1954 Dawn Silva, American singer (The Brides of Funkenstein, P-Funk)
  • 1955 Tex Brashear, American voice actor
  • 1956 Lynda Barry, American cartoonist
  • 1957 Joanna Pacula, Tomszowaubelski Poland, actress (Gorky Park, Kiss)
  • 1958 Vladimir Ovchinnikov, Russian pianist
  • 1959 Kirti Azad, cricketer (Indian off-spin all-rounder in 7 Tests 1981-83)
  • 1960 Raman Lamba, Indian cricketer (opening batsman 1986-87)
  • 1960 Naoki Urasawa, Japanese manga author

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1961 Gabrielle Carteris, Phoenix Az, actress (Andrea-Beverly Hills 90210)

  • 1961 Todd Haynes, American film director
  • 1963 David Cone, baseball pitcher (NY Mets/Tor Blue Jays/NY Yankees), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1963 Edgar Martinez, baseball 1st baseman (Seattle Mariners), born in NYC, New York
  • 1964 Christopher John Gray, priest
  • 1964 Pernell Whitaker, boxer (Olympic-gold)
  • 1964 Rumesh Ratnayake, cricketer (Sri Lankan pacer in 23 Tests 1983-92)
  • 1965 Greg Swindell, pitcher (Houston Astros, Cleve Indians), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1965 Russ Courtnall, Duncan, NHL right wing (Vancouver Canucks)
  • 1967 Tia Carrere [Althea Janairo], American actress (Wayne's World, True Lies), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1967 Harlon Barnett, NFL safety (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1967 Jón Gnarr, Icelandic comedian
  • 1967 Francois Pienaar, Vereeniging Transvaal (now known as Gauteng Province), South African rugby player and captain of the Springboks
  • 1968 Cuba Gooding Jr, actor (Boyz N the Hood, Glaadiator, Few Good Men)
  • 1968 Scott Mitchell, NFL quarterback (Detroit Lions)
  • 1968 Anky van Grunsven, Dutch dressage champion
  • 1968 Evan Parke, Jamaican actor

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1969 Christy Turlington, model (Calvin Klein Eternity), born in San Franciso, California

Supermodel Christy Turlington
Supermodel
Christy Turlington
  • 1969 Rick Tabaracci, NHL goalie (Calgary Flames), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1969 Robert Svehla, Martin Cze, NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers, Slovakia)
  • 1969 Stephen Davies, Aust field hockey forward/vice capt (Oly-sil-92, 96)
  • 1969 Karl-Heinz Grasser, Austrian politician
  • 1969 Glen Johnson, Jamaican boxer

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1969 Tommy Morrison, American boxer, (d. 2013)

Heavyweight Boxer Tommy Morrison
Heavyweight Boxer
Tommy Morrison
  • 1970 Aleksandr Shimin, hockey goaltender (Team Kazakhstan Oly-1998)
  • 1970 Anthony Stuart, cricketer (Australian ODI pace bowler, hat trick 1997)
  • 1970 Glenn Cadrez, NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1970 Royce Clayton, infielder (SF Giants, St Louis Cardinals), born in Burbank, California
  • 1970 Robert Fertitta, American opera singer
  • 1970 Sanda Ladoşi, Romanian singer
  • 1971 Aamer Nazir, cricketer (Pakistani pace bowler 1993- )
  • 1971 Aaron Williams, NBA center (Seattle Supersonics)
  • 1971 Brad Parpan, WLAF quarterback (Rhein Fire)
  • 1971 Horace Copeland, NFL wide receiver (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1971 Robert O' Neal, WLAF DB (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1971 Taye Diggs, American actor
  • 1971 Lisa Harrison, American basketball player
  • 1972 Jeff Jackson, US baseball outfielder (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • 1972 Lake Dawson, NFL wide receiver (KC Chiefs)
  • 1972 Mattias Norstrom, Mora SWE, NHL defenseman (Team Sweden, LA Kings)
  • 1972 Christopher Lennertz, American composer
  • 1973 Abu Wilson, running back (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1973 Chris Woodruff, tennis star (1993 NCAA Division I), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1973 Fredric Ford, WLAF CB (Scotland Claymores)/NFL cornerback (Eagles)
  • 1973 Sarah Schwald, Bellingham Wash, 1.5k runner
  • 1973 Lucy Davis, British actress
  • 1973 Will Kirby, American actor
  • 1974 Juha Lind, NHL forward (Team Finland Oly-Bronze-1998, Dallas)
  • 1975 Chris Cheney, Australian musician (The Living End)
  • 1975 Doug Robb, American singer (Hoobastank)
  • 1975 Dax Shepard, American actor
  • 1975 Reuben Thorne, New Zealand rugby union player
  • 1976 Hrysopiyi Devetzi, Greek triple jumper
  • 1976 Danilo Di Luca, Italian cyclist
  • 1976 Cletidus Hunt, American football player
  • 1976 Mahée Paiement, Canadian actress

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Famous Deaths

Deaths 101 - 127 of 127

  • 2007 Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, American historian (b. 1941)
  • 2007 Robert C. Solomon, American scholar of continental philosophy (b. 1942)
  • 2007 Dan Shaver, NASCAR driver and ARCA race car driver/owner (b. 1950)
  • 2007 Richard Newton, Australian-born technology pioneer and professor (b. 1951)
  • 2007 Garry Betty, American CEO of Earthlink (b. 1957)
  • 2008 Gerry Staley, American baseball player (b. 1920)
  • 2008 Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana Krommaluang Narathiwat Rajanagarindra, elder sister of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand (b. 1923)
  • 2008 George MacDonald Fraser, British author (b. 1925)
  • 2008 Lee S. Dreyfus, American politician (b. 1926)
  • 2009 Maria de Jesus, Portuguese supercentenarian (b. 1893)
  • 2011 Anne Francis, American actress (b. 1930)
  • 2011 Pete Postlethwaite, English actor (b. 1946)
  • 2011 Szeto Wah, Hong Kong politician and educationalist (b. 1931)
  • 2011 Richard D. Winters, American Army officer (b.1918)
  • 2012 Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt, rock guitarist (Iron Butterfly) dies at 63
  • 2012 Ian Bargh, Canadian jazz pianist and composer, dies from lung cancer at 76
  • 2012 David Barron, British physicist and computer scientist, at 76 (b.1935)
  • 2012 Ivan Calin, Moldavian President and Prime Minister 1980-1990, dies at 76
  • 2012 William Carey, American businessman and philanthropist, died from complications after a heart attack at 81
  • 2012 Gordon Hirabayashi, civil rights activist and WWII internment opponent dies after Alzheimer's disease at 93
  • 2013 Ladislao Mazurkiewicz, Uruguayan football player, dies from a respiratory illness at 67
  • 2013 Ned Wertimer, American actor, dies from complications from a fall at 89
  • 2013 Margaret A. Brewer, American soldier and first female general officer in US Marine Corps, dies at 82
  • 2014 Elizabeth Jane Howard, English novelist, dies at 90
  • 2014 Jay Traynor, American singer (Jay and the Americans), dies of liver cancer at 70
  • 2015 [Little] Jimmy Dickens, American country singer (Grand Ole Opry), dies at 94
  • 2016 Nimr al-Nimr, Saudi Shiite religious leader and non-violent critic of the Saudi Arabian government, executed by the Saudi authorities aged 56 or 57