About January 3

January 3, 2022 is the 3rd day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 362 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

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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 29 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

  • 1815
    Austria, the United Kingdom, and France form a secret defensive alliance treaty against Prussia and Russia.
  • 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.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: Delaware votes not to secede from the United States.
  • 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.
  • 1932
    Martial law is declared in Honduras to stop a revolt by banana workers fired by the United Fruit Company.
  • 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.
  • 1938
    The March of Dimes is established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • 1944
    World War II: Top Ace Major Greg “Pappy” Boyington is shot down in his Corsair by Captain Masajiro Kawato flying a Zero.
  • 1945
    World War II: Admiral Chester W. Nimitz is placed in command of all U.S. Naval forces in preparation for planned assaults against Iwo Jima and Okinawa in Japan.
  • 1946
    Popular Canadian-American jockey George Woolf dies in a freak accident during a race; the annual George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award is created to honor him.
  • 1947
    Proceedings of the U.S. Congress are televised for the first time.
  • 1953
    Frances P. Bolton and her son, Oliver from Ohio, become the first mother and son to serve simultaneously in the U.S. Congress.
  • 1958
    The West Indies Federation is formed.
  • 1959
    Alaska is admitted as the 49th U.S. state.
  • 1961
    The United States severs diplomatic relations with Cuba.
  • 1990
    Former leader of Panama Manuel Noriega surrenders to American forces.
  • 1999
    Israel detains, and later expels, 14 members of Concerned Christians.
  • 1999
    The Mars Polar Lander is launched.

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