Samastipur_Junction_(junction_plate) (1)
Samastipur_Junction_(junction_plate) (1)

This Day in History on 2 January

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including that of the IAS Exam.

On this page, we will list all historical events that have occurred on 2 January. The students can refer them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

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)

Futher Reading

Month-wise This Day in History