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January 2nd, 2004 (January 02 2004)EventStardust successfully flies past Comet Wild 2, collecting samples that it will return to Earth two years later.
January 2nd, 2002 (January 02 2002)EventEduardo Duhalde is appointed interim President of Argentina by the Legislative Assembly.
January 2nd, 2001 (January 02 2001)EventSila Calderon becomes the first female Governor of Puerto Rico.
January 2nd, 1999 (January 02 1999)EventA 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 -13F (-25C); 68 deaths are reported.
January 2nd, 1993 (January 02 1993)EventLeaders of the three warring factions in Bosnia meet to discuss peace plans.
January 2nd, 1974 (January 02 1974)EventPresident Richard Nixon signs a bill lowering the maximum U.S. speed limit to 55 MPH in order to conserve gasoline during an OPEC embargo.
January 2nd, 1971 (January 02 1971)EventThe second Ibrox disaster kills 66 fans at a Rangers-Celtic football match.
January 2nd, 1969 (January 02 1969)EventLuis Ferre becomes the first statehooder Governor of Puerto Rico.
January 2nd, 1969 (January 02 1969)EventOperation Barrier Reef begins in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam.
January 2nd, 1959 (January 02 1959)EventLuna 1, the first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the Moon and to orbit the Sun, is launched by the U.S.S.R.
January 2nd, 1957 (January 02 1957)EventThe San Francisco Stock and Bond Exchange and Los Angeles Oil Exchange merge.
January 2nd, 1955 (January 02 1955)EventPanamanian president Jose Antonio Remon is assassinated.
January 2nd, 1949 (January 02 1949)EventLuis Munoz Marin becomes the first democratically elected Governor of Puerto Rico.
January 2nd, 1946 (January 02 1946)EventUnable to resume rule after World War II, King Zog of Albania abdicates but retains his claim to the throne.
January 2nd, 1942 (January 02 1942)EventThe Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) convicts 33 members of a German spy ring headed by Fritz Joubert Duquesne in the largest espionage case in United States history -- the Duquesne Spy Ring.
January 2nd, 1942 (January 02 1942)EventWorld War II: Manila is captured by Japanese forces.
January 2nd, 1942 (January 02 1942)EventThe United States Navy opens a blimp base at Lakehurst, New Jersey.
January 2nd, 1941 (January 02 1941)EventWorld War II: German bombing severely damages the Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, Wales.
January 2nd, 1941 (January 02 1941)EventWorld War II: The U.S. government announces its Liberty ship program to build freighters in support of the war effort.
January 2nd, 1935 (January 02 1935)EventBruno Hauptmann goes on trial for the murder of Charles Lindbergh, Jr., infant son of aviator Charles Lindbergh.
January 2nd, 1929 (January 02 1929)EventCanada and the United States agree on a plan to preserve Niagara Falls.
January 2nd, 1923 (January 02 1923)EventUnited States Interior Secretary Albert Fall resigns over the Teapot Dome scandal.
January 2nd, 1920 (January 02 1920)EventThe Palmer Raids begin in the United States.
January 2nd, 1917 (January 02 1917)EventThe Royal Bank of Canada takes over the Quebec Bank.
January 2nd, 1905 (January 02 1905)EventRusso-Japanese War: The Russian garrison surrenders at Port Arthur, China.
January 2nd, 1905 (January 02 1905)EventThe American anarcho-syndicalist union known as the Industrial Workers of the World forms.
January 2nd, 1900 (January 02 1900)EventJohn Hay announces the Open Door Policy to promote trade with China.
January 2nd, 1893 (January 02 1893)EventWebb C. Ball of the General Railroad Timepiece Standards in North America introduces railroad chronometers.
January 2nd, 1882 (January 02 1882)EventJohn D. Rockefeller unites his oil holdings into the Standard Oil trust.John D. Rockefeller Quotes
January 2nd, 1872 (January 02 1872)EventBrigham Young is arrested on charges of bigamy for having 25 wives.
January 2nd, 1871 (January 02 1871)EventAmadeus I becomes King of Spain.
January 2nd, 1860 (January 02 1860)EventThe discovery of the planet Vulcan is announced at a meeting of the Academie des Sciences in Paris.
January 2nd, 1833 (January 02 1833)EventRe-establishment of British rule on the Falklands.
January 2nd, 1818 (January 02 1818)EventThe British Institution of Civil Engineers is founded.
January 2nd, 1808 (January 02 1808)EventThe U.S. Congress bans the importation of slaves.
January 2nd, 1793 (January 02 1793)EventRussia and Prussia partition Poland.
January 2nd, 1791 (January 02 1791)EventBig Bottom massacre in the Ohio Country, marking the beginning of the Northwest Indian War.
January 2nd, 1788 (January 02 1788)EventGeorgia becomes the fourth state to ratify the United States Constitution.
January 2nd, 1757 (January 02 1757)EventThe United Kingdom captures Calcutta, India.
January 2nd, 1492 (January 02 1492)EventReconquista: Granada, the last Moorish stronghold in Spain, surrenders.
January 2nd, 0533 (January 02 0533)EventMercurius becomes Pope John II, the first pope to adopt a new name upon elevation to the papacy.
January 2nd, 0366 (January 02 0366)EventThe Alamanni cross the frozen Rhine River in large numbers, invading the Roman Empire.

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