Following are some of the major events to have occurred on January 2:
1955 – Panamanian President Jose Antonio Remon was machinegunned and killed while attending the Franco Race track in Panama City.
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.
1992 – Singapore government bans chewing gum.
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 9/11 attacks, 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.
2006 – Thirteen miners become trapped in West Virginia mine.
2007 – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon started his first day in office by departing from the traditional U.N. opposition to the death penalty, saying nations could make their own decision.
2008 – Thailand’s Princess Galyani Vadhana, elder sister of revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, died.
2008 – Major fire at world’s first dedicated cancer hospital in London.
2014 – De’Antony Thomas scores record-breaking 91-yard touchdown at 98th Rose Bowl.
2016 – Mexican mayor killed one day after taking office.
(Reuters – Photo:Cory Doctorow/Flickr)