On This Day In History, 2 January

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World Events Today

  • The Royal Canadian Mint opened today in 1908, the first bronze cent was struck by Governor General Earl Grey
  • John F Kennedy announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination today in 1960
  • The ex-Hollywood actor and union leader Ronald Reagan, was sworn in as Governor of California today in 1967

Entertainment Events Today

  • The Australian cricketer Fred Spofforth, also known as “The Demon Bowler”, claimed the first Test hat-trick today in 1879
  • The American boxer Gene Fullmer, won the middleweight championship in an upset against boxing legend Sugar Ray Robinson today in 1957, Sugar Ray got his revenge 5 months later
  • One of the worst events in British football history, The Ibrox Disaster, which led to 66 deaths and more than 200 injuries, happened today in 1971, it occurred during an Old Firm football game between Glasgow Rangers and Glasgow Celtic

Family Events Today

  • The American singer-songwriter Roger Dean Miller was born today 1936 in Texas, his most popular hit was King of the Road
  • The English fashion and portrait photographer David Royston Bailey, CBE, was born today in 1938 in Leytonstone
  • The English comedian and actor Richard Gilbert Emery, better known more simply as Dick Emery, died today in 1983 aged 67

Main Event Today

  • Peter William Sutcliffe, the infamous “Yorkshire Ripper”, was apprehended today in 1981, he was later convicted of murdering 13 women during the previous 5 years

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Cream Puff Day

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