A Brief History
This article presents a chronological list of notable events that happened on January 2nd. For each date below, please click on the date to be taken to an article covering that date’s event.
On January 2, 533, Mercurius, son of Projectus, a Roman priest was elected Pope by the Catholic Church.
On January 2, 1791, Lenape and Wyandot Native Americans massacred 12 to 14 White settlers near what is now Stockport, Morgan County, Ohio.
On January 2, 1974, President Richard M. Nixon signed into law a national speed limit of 55 mph.
On January 2, 1979, the murder trial of punk rock legend Sid Vicious began.
On January 2, 1991, Sharon Pratt Kelly became the first African American woman mayor of a large American city when she was sworn in as mayor of Washington, D.C.
On January 2, 2009, Maria de Jesus of Portugal died in her home at age 115.
On January 2, 2022, the Omicron variant of the Covid virus was on the rise, but that was minor news compared to the top stories of 2022.
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For more information, please see…
Andrews, John and Matt Baker. Timeline of World History. Thunder Bay Press, 2020.
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