January 02: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

On January 2, learn about the most interesting events and historical facts that occurred throughout history. The second day of the Gregorian calendar is January 2nd, which commemorates the end of the Sri Lankan Civil War and the launch of Luna 1, the first spacecraft to approach the moon’s proximity.

Capricorn is the zodiac sign for January 2nd. Kate Bosworth, Dax Shepard, and Isaac Asimov all have January 2nd birthdays. National Science Fiction Day is observed on January 2nd.


(January 02, 1788)
Georgia is the fourth state to ratify the Constitution of the United States. photo source:


(January 02, 1959)
The Soviet Union launches Luna 1, the first spacecraft to reach the Moon's vicinity and orbit the Sun. photo source:

(January 02, 1967)
Ronald Reagan, an American Republican politician and former actor, was sworn in as governor of California. photo source:

(January 02, 2004)
The cometary material was later confirmed to contain the amino acid glycine, an important building component of life, by NASA's mission Stardust, which collected dust grains from the comet Wild 2. photo source:

(January 02, 2019)
Eugene Arthur Okerlund, as "Mean" Gene Okerlund, was an American professional wrestler and television host. He was most known for his work in the WWF (now WWE) and WCW (World Championship Wrestling). Hulk Hogan voted Okerlund into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006. A lifelong WWE contract, he later worked for promotional initiatives. photo source:

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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