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History Of January 02

• 1981 The “Yorkshire Ripper” is caught
Peter Sutcliffe confessed to murdering 13 women and was sentenced to life imprisonment.
• 1971 66 football fans die in the Ibrox disaster
Over 200 people were injured in the crush, which occurred at the end of an association football game between the Glasgow-based clubs, Rangers, and Celtic, at Ibrox Park.
• 1967 Ronald Reagan is sworn in as Governor of California
Reagan became the 40th U.S. president in 1981.
• 1959 Luna 1 is launched
The Soviet spacecraft was the first to reach the vicinity of the moon and orbit the sun.
• 1860 Urban Le Verrier announces the discovery of the planet Vulcan
Despite a thorough search, the planet was never actually sighted.

Births On This Day

• 1936 Roger Miller - American singer-songwriter, actor
• 1928 Daisaku Ikeda - Japanese spiritual leader
• 1920 Isaac Asimov - American chemist, author
• 1905 Michael Tippett - English composer
• 1873 Thérèse of Lisieux - French nun

Deaths On This Day

• 1995 Siad Barre - Somalian military officer, politician, 3rd President of Somalia
• 1989 Safdar Hashmi - Indian playwright, actor, director
• 1960 Fausto Coppi - Italian cyclist
• 1904 James Longstreet - American general, diplomat
• 1892 George Biddell Airy - English mathematician, astronomer

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