What happened this day in history January 3

What are the important events that happened on January 3? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

January 3: Facts & Myths About This Day

January 3 is the 3rd day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 362 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is December 21, 2020 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 447,120 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘trigon’ day.

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Capricorn is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Garnet is the modern birthstone for this month. Emerald is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 40 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 2,935 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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January 3: This Day In History

The Perihelion, the point in the year when the Earth is closest to the Sun, occurs around this date.

January 3 Historical Events

  • 1777
    American general George Washington defeats British general Charles Cornwallis at the Battle of Princeton.
  • 1823
    Stephen F. Austin receives a grant of land in Texas from the government of Mexico.
  • 1848
    Joseph Jenkins Roberts is sworn in as the first president of the independent African Liberia.
  • 1870
    The construction of the Brooklyn Bridge begins.
  • 1933
    Minnie D. Craig becomes the first female elected as Speaker of the North Dakota House of Representatives, the first female to hold a Speaker position anywhere in the United States.
  • 1953
    Frances P. Bolton and her son, Oliver from Ohio, become the first mother and son to serve simultaneously in the U.S. Congress.
  • 1956
    A fire damages the top part of the Eiffel Tower.
  • 1957
    The Hamilton Watch Company introduces the first electric watch.
  • 1958
    The West Indies Federation is formed.
  • 1962
    Pope John XXIII excommunicates Fidel Castro.

Who were born on January 3?

  • 1865
    Henry Lytton, British actor and opera singer (d. 1936)
  • 1886
    Josephine Hull, American actress (d. 1957)
  • 1892
    J. R. R. Tolkien, British writer (d. 1973)
  • 1901
    Ngô Đình Diệm, South Vietnamese politician (d. 1963)
  • 1912
    Armand Lohikoski, Finnish director (d. 2005)
  • 1971
    Sarah Alexander, English actress
  • 1972
    Nichole Nordeman, American singer
  • 1975
    Thomas Bangalter, French DJ (Daft Punk)
  • 1987
    Leonidas Panagopoulos, Greek footballer
  • 1991
    Jerson Cabral, Dutch footballer

Who died on January 3?

  • 1322
    King Philip V of France (b. 1293)
  • 1656
    Mathieu Molé, French statesman (b. 1584)
  • 1915
    James Elroy Flecker, British author (b. 1884)
  • 1922
    Friedrich Wilhelm Voigt, German impostor who became famous as The Captain of Köpenick (Der Hauptmann von Köpenick) in 1906 (b. 1849)
  • 1959
    Edwin Muir, Orcadian poet, novelist and translator (b. 1887)
  • 1988
    Rose Ausländer, German poet (b. 1901)
  • 2005
    JN Dixit, Indian government official (b. 1936)
  • 2009
    Hisayasu Nagata, Japanese politician (b. 1969)
  • 2009
    Ulf G. Lindén, Swedish entrepreneur (b. 1937)
  • 2012
    Bob Weston, British musician (b. 1947)

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