What Happened 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
1928 Daisaku Ikeda
Japanese spiritual leader
1920 Isaac Asimov
American chemist, author
1905 Michael Tippett
1873 Thérèse of Lisieux
Deaths On This Day – January 2
1995 Siad Barre
Somalian military officer, politician, 3rd President of Somalia
1989 Safdar Hashmi
Indian playwright, actor, director
1960 Fausto Coppi
1904 James Longstreet
American general, diplomat
1892 George Biddell Airy
English mathematician, astronomer