Daily Calendar for Thursday, January 2, 2025


  • Nathaniel Bacon (colonial leader) –
  • Justin Winsor (historian) –
  • Frederick Varley (Canadian artist) –
  • Count Folke Bernadotte (Red Cross official) –
  • Isaac Asimov (author) –
  • Renata Tebaldi (opera singer) –
  • Julius LaRosa (singer) –
  • Roger Dean Miller (singer) –
  • Jim Bakker (evangelist) –
  • Cuba Gooding Jr. (actor) –
  • Taye Diggs (actor) –
  • Kate Bosworth (actress) –


  • Bill Veeck (baseball player) –
  • Pete Postlethwaite (actor) –


  • Georgia ratified the U.S. Constitution, becoming the fourth U.S. state –
  • Alice Sanger became the first female staffer for the White House–
  • Elara, a Moon of Jupiter, discovered–
  • Willis H. Carrier patented an air conditioner–
  • Japanese invaded and occupied Manila and the Philipines after a successful attack on Pearl Harbor–
  • USSR’s Luna I was launched, becoming the first spacecraft to leave Earth’s gravity. Later, it became the first to reach the Moon’s vicinity and the first to orbit the Sun.–
  • Fidel Castro and his followers captured Santiago, Cuba; Fulgencio Batista went into exile–
  • The U.S. Federal Trade Commision charged seven record companies and eight distribution firms with paying disc-jockeys to play certain songs (Payola Incident)–
  • General Lyman L. Lemnitzer became the supreme commander of NATO–
  • The NY Jets signed quarterback Joe Namath for $427,000. At the time he was the highest paid player in pro football–
  • Robert Clark was seated as the first African American legislator in Mississippi in 74 years–
  • Kenneth Brugger and Cathy Aguado discovered first winter refuge of monarch butterflies, in Mexico–
  • President Ronald Reagan and Prime Minister Brian Mulroney signed the final version of the U.S.-Canadian trade accord. The pact provided for the elimination of tariffs on most goods within 10 years and created a series of binational groups to regulate the agreement–
  • Explosion in a West Virginia coal mine that led to the death of 12 of 13 miners—Sago Mine disaster–
  • On this date a numerically rare event occurred: 01-02-2010 expressed backwards as a date is precisely 01-02-2010–
  • 28-lb. 13-oz. tautog caught, Ocean City, Md. –


  • Fourteen degrees F on Haleakala summit, Hawaii–
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, received 13 inches of snow in 24 hours–
  • A severe snowstorm began in New England. The Blue Hill observatory in Milton, Massachusetts, had 19 inches of snow in 24 hours.–
  • Hawaii experienced one of its lowest temperatures on record, 14 degrees F, on Haleakala summit–
  • Nor’easter flooded the East Coast–

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