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

Historical Events

Events 101 - 198 of 198

1956 - Poujadists/communists win French parliamentary elections
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
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
Clergyman and Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.Clergyman and Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr. 1965 - Martin Luther King Jr. begins a drive to register black voters
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
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
1969 - "Fig Leaves Are Falling" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 4 perfs
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.
1969 - The Australian media magnate, Rupert Murdoch, beats off a rival bid to win control of the News of the World newspaper group
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 perfs
1972 - Dallas Cowboys beat SF '49ers 14-3 in NFC championship game
1972 - Mariner 9 begins mapping Mars
1972 - Miami Dolphins beat Balt Colts 21-0 in AFC championship game
1972 - Anti-internment rally in Belfast, North Ireland
37th US President Richard Nixon37th US President Richard Nixon 1974 - 55 MPH speed limit imposed by 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 - Bulent Ecevit forms government in Turkey
1978 - Rhino Records releases their 1st album "Wildmania"
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)
Musician Sid ViciousMusician Sid Vicious 1979 - Sid Vicious' trial for murder of girlfriend Nancy Spungen begins
1980 - 68th Australian Men Tennis: Guillermo Vilas beat John Sadri (76 63 62)
1980 - Workers at British Steel Corporation stage their first national strike for more than fifty years
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 - 70th Australian Mens Tennis: Johan Kriek beats S Denton (62 76 67 64)
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo VilasTennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas 1982 - Islanders start 23 undefeated home streak (21-0-2) 14 straight wins
1982 - San Diego Chargers beat Miami Dolphins, 41-38 in 13:52 of OT
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
1983 - "Sophisticated Ladies" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 767 perfs
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 - Miami beats Nebraska in Orange Bowl for college football championship
1984 - Riot in Tunis kills over 100
1984 - Wilson Goode, sworn-in as Phila's 1st black mayor
1984 - Major-General Muhammadu Buhari is declared Head of State in Nigeria, following a military coup.
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
NHL Right Winger Mike BossyNHL Right Winger Mike Bossy 1986 - NY Islander, Mike Bossy, scores his 500th goal
1987 - Penn State upsets Miami in Fiesta Bowl for college football champ
1987 - Troops of Chad President Habré conquer Fada oasis
1988 - Ashland Oil storage tank spills 3.8 million gallons, Penn
1988 - Mulroney & Reagan sign Canada-US free trade agreement
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
1990 - Dow Jones hits record 2,800 (2,810.15)
US President & Actor Ronald ReaganUS President & Actor Ronald Reagan 1990 - Sting joins wrestlings 4 Horsemen (Flair, Arn Anderson, Ole Anderson)
1991 - Colorado wins its 1st AP national title poll
1992 - Test debut of Shane Warne, v India at Sydney
1993 - "Gypsy Passion" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 55 performances
1993 - Leaders of the three warring factions in Bosnia meet to discuss a peace plan aimed at ending nine months of fighting
1994 - "Abe Lincoln in Illinois" closes at Beaumont NYC after 40 perfs
1994 - "Shakespeare after My Father" closes at Helen Hayes NYC after 266 perf
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 first convoy of American combat troops arrive in Northern Bosnia to try to keep the 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.
NFL Legend Ray LewisNFL Legend Ray Lewis 2013 - Ray Lewis announces he will retire at the end of the playoffs
2014 - 30 people are killed after a bus plunges off a cliff and falls 400 ft in Malshej Ghat, India

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 222

1928 - Howard Caine, Nashville TN, actor (Brushfire)
1928 - Tiberiu Olah, composer
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, Brooklyn New York, American singer (fired by Arthur Godfrey on the air)
1931 - Toshiki Kaifu, premier of Japan (1989-91)
1932 - Dabney Coleman, Austin Texas, (That Girl, Mary Hartman, Buffalo Bill)
1933 - Ed Casey, Australian politician (d. 2006)
1933 - Morimura Seiichi, Japanese novelist
Country Singer Roger MillerCountry Singer Roger Miller (1936) 1936 - Roger Miller, Fort Worth Tx, country singer (King of the Road, Dang Me)
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, Montclair NJ, playwright/actor (Sister Mary)
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, Brooklyn New York, American actress (Executive Suite, Promised Land)
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, cricketer (Indian opening batsman 1986-87)
1960 - Naoki Urasawa, Japanese manga author
Actress Gabrielle CarterisActress Gabrielle Carteris (1961) 1961 - Gabrielle Carteris, Phoenix Az, actress (Andrea-Beverly Hills 90210)
1961 - Todd Haynes, American film director
1963 - David Cone, KC Mo, baseball pitcher (NY Mets/Tor Blue Jays/NY Yankees)
1963 - Edgar Martinez, NYC, baseball 1st baseman (Seattle Mariners)
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, Fort Worth TX, pitcher (Houston Astros, Cleve Indians)
1965 - Russ Courtnall, Duncan, NHL right wing (Vancouver Canucks)
1967 - Tia Carrere [Althea Janairo], Honolulu, Hawaii, American actress (Wayne's World, True Lies)
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
1969 - Christy Turlington, SF California, model (Calvin Klein Eternity)
1969 - Rick Tabaracci, Toronto, NHL goalie (Calgary Flames)
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
Heavyweight Boxer Tommy MorrisonHeavyweight Boxer Tommy Morrison (1969) 1969 - Tommy Morrison, American boxer, (d. 2013)
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, Burbank CA, infielder (SF Giants, St Louis Cardinals)
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, Knoxville Tenn, tennis star (1993 NCAA Division I)
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

Famous Weddings

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Famous Deaths

Deaths 101 - 128 of 128

2007 - Mauno Jokipii, Finnish professor and World War II researcher (b. 1924)
2007 - Paek Nam-sun, North Korean Foreign Affairs minister (b. 1929)
2007 - Sergio Jiménez, Mexican actor (b. 1937)
2007 - Don Massengale, American PGA Tour golf player (b. 1937)
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 aged 82
2014 - Elizabeth Jane Howard, English novelist, dies at 90

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