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
American general George Washington defeats British general Charles Cornwallis at the Battle of Princeton.
Stephen F. Austin receives a grant of land in Texas from the government of Mexico.
Joseph Jenkins Roberts is sworn in as the first president of the independent African Liberia.
The construction of the Brooklyn Bridge begins.
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.
Frances P. Bolton and her son, Oliver from Ohio, become the first mother and son to serve simultaneously in the U.S. Congress.
A fire damages the top part of the Eiffel Tower.
The Hamilton Watch Company introduces the first electric watch.
The West Indies Federation is formed.
Pope John XXIII excommunicates Fidel Castro.
Who were born on January 3?
Henry Lytton, British actor and opera singer (d. 1936)
Josephine Hull, American actress (d. 1957)
J. R. R. Tolkien, British writer (d. 1973)
Ngô Đình Diệm, South Vietnamese politician (d. 1963)
Armand Lohikoski, Finnish director (d. 2005)
Sarah Alexander, English actress
Nichole Nordeman, American singer
Thomas Bangalter, French DJ (Daft Punk)
Leonidas Panagopoulos, Greek footballer
Jerson Cabral, Dutch footballer
Who died on January 3?
King Philip V of France (b. 1293)
Mathieu Molé, French statesman (b. 1584)
James Elroy Flecker, British author (b. 1884)
Friedrich Wilhelm Voigt, German impostor who became famous as The Captain of Köpenick (Der Hauptmann von Köpenick) in 1906 (b. 1849)
Edwin Muir, Orcadian poet, novelist and translator (b. 1887)
Rose Ausländer, German poet (b. 1901)
JN Dixit, Indian government official (b. 1936)
Hisayasu Nagata, Japanese politician (b. 1969)
Ulf G. Lindén, Swedish entrepreneur (b. 1937)
Bob Weston, British musician (b. 1947)
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