A to Z This Day in World History | January 2nd

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While January 2nd may not be as historically eventful as some other dates, there are still notable events that occurred on this day throughout history. Here are a few:

1492: The Emirate of Granada, the last Moorish stronghold in Spain, surrendered to the Catholic Monarchs, Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile, effectively ending the Reconquista.

1905: The Russian Revolution of 1905 began with the Bloody Sunday massacre in St. Petersburg, where peaceful protesters marching to present a petition to Tsar Nicholas II were fired upon by the Imperial Guard.

1920: The second Palmer Raid took place in the United States during the Red Scare. Over 3,000 suspected radicals and anarchists were arrested in several cities.

1942: The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) convicted 33 members of a German spy ring headed by Fritz Joubert Duquesne. This event is known as the Duquesne Spy Ring case.

1959: Luna 1, the first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the Moon and to orbit the Sun, was launched by the Soviet Union.

1974: President Richard Nixon signed a bill lowering the maximum U.S. speed limit to 55 mph to conserve energy during an OPEC oil embargo.

2006: An explosion in the Sago Mine in West Virginia trapped 13 miners for nearly two days; only one survived.

While these events may not be as widely recognized as some others in history, they represent a diverse range of occurrences on January 2nd across different time periods and regions.

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