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This Day in History for January 2 – 55 MPH Speed Limit Enacted and More

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Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1935 – Bruno Hauptmann goes on trial for the murder of Charles Lindbergh, Jr., infant son of aviator Charles Lindbergh (More info)

1942 – In the largest espionage case in United States history, the FBI convicts 33 members of the Duquesne Spy Ring (More info)

1959 – Luna 1, the first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the Moon and to orbit the Sun, is launched by the USSR (More info)

1974 – President Richard Nixon signs a bill lowering the maximum US speed limit to 55 MPH in order to conserve gasoline during an OPEC embargo (More info)

2006 – An explosion in a coal mine in Sago, West Virginia traps and kills 12 miners, while leaving one miner in critical condition (More info)

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