On this day Richard Nixon signed a bill of lowering the speed limit

Richard Nixon. Image: Wikimedia Commons

On This Day: What happened on 02 January?

We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today.

On this day Richard Nixon signed a bill of lowering the speed limit

Richard Nixon. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 02 January, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


1975 | Former minister of Railways, Lalit Narayan Mishra wounded by a bomb blast at the opening of a new railway line at Samastipur, Bihar, India.

1974 | On this day, a bill lowering the maximum U.S speed limit to 55 MPH was signed by U.S president Richard Nixon to conserve gasoline during an OPEC embargo.

1971 | After the 1902 Ibrox disaster killing 25 supporters and injuring more than 500, the second Ibrox disaster killed 66 supporters at a Rangers-Celtic association football match.

1967 | On this day Ronald Reagan, 40th United States President was sworn in as Governor of California.

1955 | José Ramón Guizado takes power following the assassination of the president José Antonio Remón Cantera but he was quickly deposed after his involvement in Cantera’s death.


2007 | American historian and author, Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, 66.

2006 |  Danish-American movie actress, Osa Massen, 92.

2016 | Saudi Arabian religious leader, Nimr al-Nimr, 59.

2013 | Polish journalist and author, Teresa Toraſska, 69.

2016 | American psychiatrist and author, Frances Cress Welsing, 81.

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1971 | American movie actress, Renée Elise Goldsberry.

1969 | American model, Christy Turlington.

1964 | American professional boxer, Pernell Whitaker.

1942 | American politician, 59th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Dennis Hastert.

1904 | German scientist Walter Heitler died in 1981.


1971 |  On this day, Ibrox disaster, the crush among the crowd of supporters at an Old Firm football game between Rangers and Celtic, which led to 66 deaths and more than 200 people injured. The final result was Rangers 2-1 Celtic.


2010 | The longest-running chart-topper of 2010 staying for nine weeks, was Kesha’s first single, “TiK ToK,” that hit No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100.


The world’s deepest River is the Congo River (220 meters). The river flows between two countries,  the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo.