On This Day

On This Day in History for January 2 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1980 British Steel workers go on a national strike
  • 1983 Gary Trudeau takes a 20-month break from writing "Doonesbury"
  • 1983 Several African National Congress (ANC) members detained in Swaziland decide to leave the country voluntarily for Mozambique.
  • 1984 Riot in Tunis kills over 100
  • 1984 Wilson Goode, sworn-in as Philadelphia's 1st black mayor

BattleCoup d'état

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
  • 1985 Leg-spin bowler Bob "Dutchy" Holland takes 4/90 for match figures of 10/144 as Australia beats the West Indies by innings in 5th Test in Sydney; Windies take series, 3-1

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1985 Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak reappoints Coptic pope Shenuda III

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak
  • 1986 191.66 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange
  • 1987 Troops of Chad President Habré conquer Fada oasis
  • 1988 Ashland Oil storage tank spills 3.8 million gallons, Penn

AgreementAgreement of Interest

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 UCLA beats Arkansas Razorbacks, 17-3 to win the Cotton Bowl Classic in Dallas; record 7th consecutive football bowl game victory for the Bruins
  • 1990 Dow Jones hits record 2,800 (2,810.15)
  • 1991 University of Colorado, Boulder, coached by Bill McCartney wins its first Associated Press National Championship of College Football poll

  • 1993 Opposing factions in the Bosnian conflict hold meetings with the aim of ending the nine month conflict
  • 1994 Battles between army & rebellious indians in South Mexico, kill 57
  • 1995 Bus crashes in Luzon Philippines, 29 killed
  • 1995 Carquest Bowl 5: South Carolina beats West Virginia, 24-21
  • 1995 Most distant galaxy yet discovered found by scientists using Keck telescope in Hawaii (est 15 billion light years away)
  • 1996 The US deploys troops in Northern Bosnia with the intention of maintaining order and peace between Bosnian Serbs and Muslims
  • 1997 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Columbus OH on WBZX 99.7 FM
  • 1998 Autopsy of Chris Farley shows he overdosed of opiates & cocaine
  • 1999 A brutal snowstorm smashes into the Midwestern United States, causing 14 inches (359 mm) of snow in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and 19 inches (487 mm) in Chicago, where temperatures plunge to -13°F (-25°C); 68 deaths are reported.
  • 2001 Sila Calderón becomes the first female Governor of Puerto Rico.
  • 2002 Eduardo Duhalde is appointed interim President of Argentina by the Legislative Assembly.
  • 2004 Stardust successfully flies past Comet Wild 2, collecting samples that it will return to Earth two years later
  • 2014 30 people are killed after a bus plunges off a cliff and falls 400 ft in Malshej Ghat, India

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2014 Raúl Castro gives a speech commemorating the 55th anniversary of the Cuban revolution and warns of "neo-liberal and neo-colonial thinking" entering the country

President of Cuba Raúl Castro
President of Cuba
Raúl Castro

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2015 The Economist lists Daniel Kahneman as the 7th most influential economist in the world

Economist and Psychologist Daniel Kahneman
Economist and Psychologist
Daniel Kahneman
  • 2016 Saudi Arabia executes 47 alleged terrorists, including Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr
  • 2017 US House Republicans vote to gut the independent Office of Congressional Ethics, a public uproar forces them to back down the next day
  • 2018 Bus crash in Pasamayo, Peru, kills 51 on notorious "Devil's Curve" road
  • 2018 WHO reveals it will classify gaming addiction as mental health condition in its next Classification of Diseases
  • 2018 Storm Eleanor forms near Ireland then sweeps across the UK and Western Europe in next few days

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2019 Apple CEO Tim Cook blames below expectation Chinese iPhone sales for downturn in company's outlook, rocking international stock markets

CEO of Apple Tim Cook
CEO of Apple
Tim Cook
  • 2019 Two women become the first to ever enter India's Sabarimala shrine in Kerala State, after law change, prompting protests

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