On January 2:
1871 Amadeus I became King of Spain.
1873 Thérèse de Lisieux, French Roman-Catholic nun, was born.
1938 The first official New Zealand airmail to the United States departed Auckland for San Francisco aboard Pan American Airline’s Samoan Clipper, a Sikorsky S-42B flying boat was piloted by Captain Ed Musick.
1967 Francois Pienaar, South African rugby player, Sprinbok, was born.
1975 Reuben Thorne, New Zealand All Black, was born.
1999 A brutal snowstorm hit the Midwestern United States, causing 14 inches (359 mm) of snow in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and 19 inches (487 mm) in Chicago, where temperatures plunged to -13°F (-25°C); 68 deaths were reported
2001 Sila Calderón became the first female Governor of Puerto Rico.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.