On this day: January 2

Published On: Jan 01 2013 08:45:02 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 02 2014 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 - Isaac Asimov
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1920: Author and biochemistry professor Isaac Asimov, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books, is born in Petrovichi in the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic. Asimov's most famous work is the "Foundation Series." His other major series are the "Galactic Empire" series and the "Robot" series. He died of heart and kidney failure at age 72 on April 6, 1992.

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