January 2 - the day over the years
Today is Saturday, January 2, the second day of 2005
There are 363 days left in the year.
A quick recap of what has gone on this date in history
1757 - British East India Company captures Kolkata (then Calcutta)
1793 - Russia and Prussia partition Poland.
1815 - Lord Byron marries Anna Isabella Milbanke
1900 - Chicago Canal opens.
1905 - Russo-Japanese War: The Russian fleet surrenders at Port Arthur, China. 1915 - Russian forces heavily defeated the Turks under Ahmet Pasha after the five-day battle of Sarikamis. The Turks lost 77,000 of their 95,000 men.
1933 - In Spain, anarchists and syndicalists rose up against Prime Minister Manuel Azana's government, rioting in Barcelona.
1942 - World War II: Manila is captured by Japanese forces.
1955 - Panamanian President Jose Antonio Remon was machine-gunned while attending the Franco Race track in Panama City.
1959 - The first lunar space shot, the unmanned Luna I, was launched by the Soviet Union. It passed within 4,600 miles of the moon before moving on to a solar orbit.
1971 - A crowd barrier collapsed at Ibrox Park soccer ground in Glasgow, Scotland, at the end of the Rangers v Celtic match, and 66 people were killed.
1980 - Britain's first national steel strike since 1926 began. It was not settled until April 2.
1995 - The most distant galaxy yet discovered was found by scientists using the Keck telescope in Hawaii. It was estimated to be 15 billion light years away and was named 8C 1435+63. Former Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre died in exile. He had seized power in a 1969 coup and was toppled in January 1991 by forces loyal to faction leader Mohamed Farah Aideed.
1998 - Niger's former prime minister, Hama Amadou, was arrested after authorities linked him to an alleged plot to assassinate President Ibrahim Bare Mainassara.
2000 - Maria de las Mercedes de Borbon, mother of King Juan Carlos of Spain, died at 89. She was the widow of Don Juan de Borbon, one-time heir to the Spanish throne.
2001 - The first Taiwanese boats in more than 50 years to make legal, direct trips to the Chinese mainland, docked in the southeastern province of Fujian.
2002 - Zacarias Moussaoui, the first person indicted in the September 11 attacks on America, appeared in a U.S. court entering a plea of not guilty on charges of conspiring with Osama bin Laden and others to murder thousands of people.
2003 - 19 journalists died around the world in 2002, the Committee to Protect Journalists said, the lowest number since the media watchdog began recording reporters' deaths in 1985.
2004 - The U.S. Stardust spacecraft downloaded images and collected samples of space dust after surviving a ride inside the tail of unique Wild 2 comet about 390 million kms from Earth.
Isaac Asimov, Russian-born American science fiction author (1920-1992)
Kirti Azad, Indian cricketer (1959- -)
Diane Lane, American actress (1965- -)
Tia Carrere, American actress (1967- -)
Cuba Gooding Jr., American actor (1968- -)
Christy Turlington, American fashion model (1969- -)
Tommy Morrison, American boxer (1969- -)