1981- The “Yorkshire Ripper” is caught
Peter Sutcliffe confessed to murdering 13 women and was sentenced to life imprisonment.
1971- 66 football fans die in the Ibrox disaster
Over 200 people were injured in the crush, which occurred at the end of an association football game between the Glasgow-based clubs, Rangers, and Celtic, at Ibrox Park.
1967- Ronald Reagan is sworn in as Governor of California
Reagan became the 40th U.S. president in 1981.
1959- Luna 1 is launched
The Soviet spacecraft was the first to reach the vicinity of the moon and orbit the sun.
1860- Urban Le Verrier announces the discovery of the planet Vulcan
Despite a thorough search, the planet was never actually sighted.
Births On This Day, January 2
1936- Roger Miller
American singer-songwriter, actor
1920- Isaac Asimov
American chemist, author
Deaths On This Day, January 2
- 1995- Siad Barre
Somalian military officer, politician, 3rd President of Somalia
- 1989- Safdar Hashmi
Indian playwright, actor, director
1892 -George Biddell Airy
English mathematician, astronomer