1971 Scotland Ibrox Disaster
2nd January, 1971 : A fatal stampede took the lives of 66 fans after a soccer game at the Ibrox Park stadium in Glasgow, Scotland. It was concluded that this accident occurred as a result of too many people attempting to exit out on the same stairway in the same direction and the crush barriers collapsed as thousands of fans made their way out of the stadium. This was not the first time that disaster had taken place at this stadium.
For instance, in the early 1900s a part of the stadium collapsed on the west end. Spectators fell 45 feet to the ground during this incident.
Great Britain 1911 UK Battle of Stepney
Jan. 2nd, 1911 : Following the The Houndsditch murders on December 16th Police officers cordoned off the area of Sidney Street in the East End of London on December 2nd where the gang were believed to be and a siege of the area began, the next day at dawn a gunfight between two hundred police poorly armed and the gang who had superior weapons and great stores of ammunition ensued with 2 gang members killed.
U.S. 1919 U.S.A. New York Stock market
Jan. 2nd, 1919 : A separate ticker for bond trading was installed on this day. These bonds were traded via the New York Stock market.
U.S. 1923 U.S.A. Albert Fall
Jan. 2nd, 1923 : As of this day Albert Fall has stepped down. This resignation was to take place as of March 4th of this very year. Later he was found guilty of accepting a bribe that was presented to him by Edward L. Doheny. Fall’s bribe accepted by Doheny was in relation to illegal dealings with the Elk Hills naval oil reserve located in California. Fall was sentenced to one year in prison and had received a $100,000 fine.
Fall’s resignation had been the second to take place under the U.S. President Harding Administration. The other was Postmaster General who stepped down a year prior to this.
U.S. 1923 U.S.A. Capitalism
Jan. 2nd, 1923 : Irving Fisher spoke out on this date. He had said that capitalism should be used “to clean the dirt of depression”. Otherwise, the country will be eaten up (devoured) by a form of socialism (a type of government with some similarities to communism).
U.S. 1929 U.S.A. Canada Niagara Falls
Jan. 2nd, 1929 : Both the United States and Canada had signed an agreement to protect Niagara Falls. This particular signed document pertained to the proposal of construction north of the Falls. Issues such as cost and responsibility are indicated by this document.
U.S. 1935 U.S.A. Bruno Richard Hauptmann Trial Begins
Jan. 2nd, 1935 : Bruno Richard Hauptmann Trial Begins for The kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh Jr. He was found guilty and sentenced to death by electrocution on April 3rd, 1936
U.S. 1941 World War II Andrew Sisters
2nd January, 1941 : The Andrew Sisters Recorded a song called “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”. It was recorded on Decca Records, and it became a classic World War II hit.
U.S. 1942 U.S.A. Duquesne Spy Ring
Jan. 2nd, 1942 : Having been broken up by the FBI headed J. Edgar Hoover together with the help from the US/ German double agent William G. Sebold Thirty Three of the members of the German Duquesne Spy Ring headed by Fritz Joubert Duquesne are sentenced to serve a total of over 300 years in prison
U.S. 1942 U.S.A. Navy Blimp
Jan. 2nd, 1942 : A navy blimp (airship) base had opened in New Jersey during World War II. This was one of the only airship bases used during this time, and the United States was the only nation that had used them.
U.S. 1960 U.S.A. JFK
Jan. 2nd, 1960: John F. Kennedy was a 42 year old senator. He announced that he was going to run for the candidacy of U.S. President under the Democratic ticket.
Space1959 Soviet Union Luna 1
2nd January, 1959 : Luna 1, the first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the Moon is launched by the Soviet Union, the object was to crash into the moons surface, but failed to do so, It was the first man-made object to reach the escape velocity of the Earth.
UK 1969 United Kingdom News Of The World
Jan. 2nd, 1969 : Australian media magnate, Rupert Murdoch, wins control of the News of the World newspaper group.
U.S. 1974 U.S.A. 55 MPH Speed Limit
Jan. 2nd, 1974 : New speed limit laws were set by Richard Nixon. The new speed limit on all national highways was set at 55 mph as of this time. Before 1974, individual states had set their own speed limits-which were from 40 to 80 mph.
UK 1979 UK Sex Pistols
Jan. 2nd, 1979 : Sid Vicious, a former member of the Sex Pistols was put on trial for murdering his girlfriend. This murder incident had taken place in 1978.
It was not yet decided at this point as to whether or not Vicious had actually committed the murder. Only about a month later he had taken a dose of heroine that killed him. He was only 21 years old when he took his own life.
U.S. 1980 U.S.A. Salt II Talks Postponed
Jan. 2nd, 1980 : President Jimmy Carter proposed the postponement of the Salt II nuclear weapon treaty. This was a move of retaliation against the Soviet government who was intervening in Afghanistan at the time. After this, U.S.-Soviet relations were quite strained.
Another action was made at this time as well. Carter had ordered Thomas J. Watson, Ambassador to the Soviet Union, home. Later Carter had stated that recalling Thomas J. Watson was an attempt to make the statement that the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan was unacceptable.
UK 1981 England Peter Sutcliffe Arrested
Jan. 2nd, 1981 : The five-year hunt for Peter Sutcliffe ended as he was seen spotted in a stolen car with a prostitute. Surgeon Robert Ring was the one who had arrested him. Later on, Robert Ring had also recovered two of Sutcliffe’s weapons-a hammer and a knife. They were hidden behind shrubbery shortly before Sutcliffe was found and arrested.
UK 1993 England Bosnia
2nd January, 1993: Leaders of the Bosnian Serbs, Muslims and Croats in Bosnia are meeting to discuss a peace plan aimed at ending nine months of fighting in the country. This meeting did not achieve a long term resolution and the fighting continued .
U.S. 1996 U.S.A. AT&T
Jan. 2nd, 1996 : AT&T, a major telecommunications giant has proposed plans to restructure its entire operation. One part of the plan was to divide the company up into three separate companies. As a result, 40,000 employees were to lose their jobs. Further study needs to be done to see what the results of executing this proposal are.
Bosnia and Herzegovina 1996 Bosnia Bosnia
Jan. 2nd, 1996 : Following the signing of the Dayton peace plan on December 14th US peacekeepers pour into Bosnia to try to keep the peace between Bosnian Serbs and Muslims,
United States 1999 U.S. Midwest Snowstorm
Jan. 2nd, 1999 A major snowstorm strikes the Midwestern leaving 14 inches of snow in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and 19 inches in Chicago, Illinois, where temperatures plunge to -13 °F (-25 °C); 68 deaths are reported
U.S. 2000 U.S.A. Plymouth Neon
Jan. 2nd, 2000 : The first Plymouth Neon was made. This is a compact economy car that has a sporty look to it. It was created by the Chrysler Corporation, and was a vehicle that was favored quite a bit by young drivers.
Canada 2004 Canada Avalanche
2nd January, 2004 : An avalanche has crashed into a gymnasium in the remote Inuit settlement of Kangiqsualujjuaq, in northern Quebec killing nine people and injuring a further 25.
U.S. 2006 U.S.A. Sago Mine Disaster
Jan. 2nd, 2004 : An explosion in the Sago Mine ( thought to have been caused by a pocket of methane gas ) , West Virginia traps 13 miners underground, despite rescue efforts only one miner was saved and the other 12 died before they could be rescued.
U.S. 2007 U.S.A. Winter Storms Continue
Jan. 2nd, 2007 : The strong Blizzards which have now bought up to 3 ft of snow to central parts of the US in the last few days has left more than 12 dead and concerns for the welfare of thousands of livestock. As the blizzard has eased National Guard Helicopters are now able to fly again and have been dropping food for those trapped in their homes and hay bales for stranded livestock. The worst affected areas are western Kansas and eastern Colorado
U.S. 2008 U.S.A. The Race For President
2nd January, 2008 : After 12 months of campaigning the real race is about to begin as voters in Iowa have been bombarded with TV adds and speeches on a daily basis in the Iowa's caucuses.
All the contenders are now concentrating on getting their voters to the polls as with such a small number of voters a well organized party machine that can get just a few thousand voters to vote on the day could swing the result.
The three front runners for the Democrats Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards are locked in a close three-way fight with just a few percentage points seperating them according to the latest polls.
The two front runners for the Republicans are Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney .
Pakistan 2008 Pakistan Violence Continues
Jan. 2nd, 2008 : The violence continues in Pakistan following the murder of Ms. Bhutto and elections have been delayed for 6 weeks.
Russia 2011 Russia Oil Pipeline Opens Between Russia and China
Jan. 2nd, 2011 : An oil pipeline running directly between China, the
world’s largest enegery consumer, and Russia, the world’s largest oil
producer, is opened. The pipeline runs between Siberia and Northeastern
China and is the first to connect between the two countries.
Iran 2012 Iran Iran Test Fires Medium Range Missiles
2nd January, 2012 : Iran test fired medium range missiles including the Qader, Nasr, and Nour missiles. The country also claimed to have carried out mock exercises on shutting the Strait of Hormuz down. The tests came after increased tension between the country and the West over Iran's nuclear program.
Jan. 2nd, 2013 : The country of Mauritania banned the use of plastic bags in order to protect animals and the environment. A majority of the deaths of cattle and sheep in the country's capital are a result of the animals eating plastic bags.
United States 2014 United States Juanita Moore Dies
2nd January, 2014 : Oscar-nominated actress Juanita Moore died at the age of ninety-nine. An African-American actress, Moore had been a pioneer in Hollywood becoming only the fifth black actor to be nominated for an Academy Award. .
Born This Day In History 2nd January
Celebrating Birthday's Today Isaac Asimov Born: 2nd January 1920 Petrovichi, Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic Died: April 6th 1992 New York, New York, USA Known For : Isaac Asimov is best known as a writer of science fiction books, many are required reading for Science Fiction Lovers including The Foundation Series is an epic science fiction series of seven volumes which covers a span of about 500 years. Although he was born in Russia his family emigrated when he was only 3 years old and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. Although he is best remembered for his popular science fictions books he was a professor of biochemistry at Boston University with a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Columbia University. Although he did write many science fiction books he also published more than 50 science books including a series of Understanding Physics books. Jack Hanna Born: 2nd January 1947 Knoxville, Tennessee, United States Known For : Jack Hanna is best known for appearing on TV shows with his beloved animals including Larry King, the Ellen Show, Good Morning America and both of David Letterman's talk shows, his own show "Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures" is syndicated not only throuout the U.S. but worldwide. He was a Directory at Sanford Zoo and Central Florida Zoo from 1973 to 1975 and Director of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium from 1978 to 1993, He is currently the Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.