On this day: January 2

Published On: Jan 01 2013 08:45:02 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 02 2016 01:00:00 AM CST

The Lindbergh baby kidnapping trial begins, the Jets give Namath a record contract, Nixon lowers the nation's maximum speed limit to 55, and oil tops $100 a barrel for the first time, all on this day.

OTD January 2 - Luna 1
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1959: Luna 1, the first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the moon and to orbit the sun, is launched by the Soviet Union.

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