On This Day

What Happened on January 2

Important Events

  • 366 The Alamanni cross the frozen Rhine River in large numbers, invading the Roman Empire
  • 1492 Muhammad XII, the last Emir of Granada, surrenders his city to Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabel I of Castile, ending both the Reconquista and centuries of Muslim rule in the Iberian peninsula
  • 1570 Tsar Ivan the Terrible's march to Novgorod begins
  • 1905 American anarcho-syndicalist union known as the Industrial Workers of the World forms
  • 1942 World War II: the 28 nations at war with Axis powers pledge to make no separate peace deals
  • 1947 Mahatma Gandhi begins march for peace in East Bengal
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Jan 2 in Film & TV

  • 1955 1st "Bob Cummings Show" premieres on NBC (later on CBS)

Jan 2 in Music

Jan 2 in Sport

  • 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

Did You Know?

Willis Carrier receives a US patent for the world's first air conditioner

On January 2, 1906

Would You Believe?

Record 19.2 feet alligator shot in Louisiana by American businessman Edward Avery McIlhenny

On January 2, 1890

Famous Weddings

  • 1815 Leading Romantic poet Lord Byron (27) marries Anne Isabella Milbanke (22) by special licence, at Seaham Hall in County Durham
  • 1845 Explorer and medical missionary David Livingstone (31) weds Mary Moffat
  • 1890 Physicist J. J. Thomson (33) weds Rose Elisabeth Paget
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