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On January the 2nd
An explosion inside a coal mine in West Virginia, USA, caused the death of 12 miners.
Fifteen people died when the roof of an ice rink collapsed in Bavaria, Germany.
The popular musical play, Annie, was performed for the last time on Broadway after 6 years and almost 2,500 thousand performances.
In the United Kingdom, steel workers go on strike over pay issues, it was the first national strike in Britain in more than fifty years.
66 people died after a crush barrier collapsed crushing them after a Rangers Celtic football game in Scotland.
American actor, Cuba Gooding Jr., was born in New York. His first major film was Boyz N The Hood in 1991.
Panamanian president, Jose Antonio Remon, was assassinated.
Russian born author, Isaac Asimov, was born in Petrovichi, Russia. He was one of the most popular and successful writers of science fiction novels.
Construction of the Brooklyn Bridge began. The bridge opened for traffic in 1883.
German physicist, Rudolf Clausius, was born in Koslin, Prussia. He was one of the founders of thermodynamics.
The last Arab stronghold in Spain was retaken by Spanish forces.
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