January 2nd, 1860
The Academie des Sciences in Paris announces the discovery of planet Vulcan.
January 2nd, 1920
Isaac Asimov is born. He was an American author, a professor of biochemistry at Boston University and most famous for his science fiction books.
January 2nd, 1938
Ian Brandy is born. The British serial killer who, along with Myra Hindley, carried out the Moors Murders in Greater Manchester, England.
January 2nd, 1959
Luna 1 is launched by the USSR and was the first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the Moon and to orbit the Sun.
January 2nd, 1971
66 people are killed at the Rangers – Celtic football game ( the Ibrox disaster ).
January 2nd, 2004
Stardust flies past comet wild 2.