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On this Day – January 2

  • 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

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