On this Day 2 January

Important Days

Ancestry Day (Haiti)

Berchtold’s Day (Switzerland and Liechtenstein)

Carnival Day (Saint Kitts and Nevis)

Important Events

A 1975 bomb blast at Samastipur, Bihar fatally wounded the then Minister of Railways, Lalit Narayan Mishra.

1680 – Trunajaya rebellion: Amangkurat II of Mataram and his bodyguards execute the rebel leader Trunajaya a month after the rebel leader was captured by the Dutch East India Company.

1791 – Big Bottom massacre in the Ohio Country, North America, marking the beginning of the Northwest Indian War.

1954 – India establishes its highest civilian awards, the Bharat Ratna and the Padma Vibhushan.

1975 – At the opening of a new railway line, a bomb blast at Samastipur, Bihar, India, fatally wounds Lalit Narayan Mishra, Minister of Railways.

Birth/ Birth Anniversary

1878 – Mannathu Padmanabha Pillai, Indian activist, founded the Nair Service Society (d. 1970)[58]

1959 – Kirti Azad, Indian cricketer and politician

1972 – Shiraz Minwalla, Indian theoretical physicist and string theorist

Death/ Death Anniversary

1987 – Harekrushna Mahatab, Indian journalist and politician, 1st Chief Minister of Odisha (b. 1899)

1989 – Safdar Hashmi, Indian actor, director, and playwright (b. 1954)

2009 – Dnyaneshwar Agashe, Indian businessman and cricketer (b. 1942)

2011 – Bali Ram Bhagat, Indian politician; 16th Governor of Rajasthan (b. 1922)

2016 – Ardhendu Bhushan Bardhan, Indian lawyer and politician (b. 1924)