About January 3

January 3, 2021 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.

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Capricorn is the sun 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.

January 3: More About This Day

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

What Happened On January 3

  • 1749
    Benning Wentworth issues the first of the New Hampshire Grants, leading to the establishment of Vermont.
  • 1749
    The first issue of Berlingske, Denmark’s oldest continually operating newspaper, is published.
  • 1815
    Austria, the United Kingdom, and France form a secret defensive alliance treaty against Prussia and Russia.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: Delaware votes not to secede from the United States.
  • 1868
    Meiji Restoration in Japan: The Tokugawa shogunate is abolished; agents of Satsuma and Chōshū seize power.
  • 1870
    The construction of the Brooklyn Bridge begins.
  • 1888
    The refracting telescope at the Lick Observatory, measuring 91 cm in diameter, is used for the first time. It was the largest telescope in the world at the time.
  • 1911
    A magnitude 7.7 earthquake destroys the city of Almaty in Russian Turkestan.
  • 1919
    At the Paris Peace Conference, Emir Faisal of Iraq signs an agreement with Zionist leader Chaim Weizmann on the development of a Jewish homeland in Palestine and an Arab nation in a large part of the Middle East.
  • 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.
  • 1944
    World War II: Top Ace Major Greg “Pappy” Boyington is shot down in his Corsair by Captain Masajiro Kawato flying a Zero.
  • 1947
    Proceedings of the U.S. Congress are televised for the first time.
  • 1958
    The West Indies Federation is formed.
  • 1961
    The SL-1, a government-run reactor near Idaho Falls, Idaho, underwent a core explosion and meltdown, killing three workers.
  • 1961
    The United States severs diplomatic relations with Cuba.
  • 1962
    Pope John XXIII excommunicates Fidel Castro.
  • 1994
    More than seven million people from the former Apartheid Homelands, receive South African citizenship.
  • 1996
    The Motorola StarTAC, the first flip phone and one of the first mobile phones to gain widespread consumer adoption, goes on sale.
  • 1997
    China announces it will spend US$27.7 billion to fight erosion and pollution in the Yangtze and Yellow River valleys.
  • 1999
    Israel detains, and later expels, 14 members of Concerned Christians.

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