About January 3

January 3, 2020 is the 3rd day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 363 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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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 22 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

  • 1496
    Leonardo da Vinci unsuccessfully tests a flying machine.
  • 1777
    American general George Washington defeats British general Charles Cornwallis at the Battle of Princeton.
  • 1782
    Sylhet District in north-east Bangladesh is established
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1959
    Separatists in the Maldives declare the establishment of the United Suvadive Republic.
  • 1962
    Pope John XXIII excommunicates Fidel Castro.
  • 1977
    Apple Computer is incorporated.
  • 1994
    More than seven million people from the former Apartheid Homelands, receive South African citizenship.
  • 1997
    China announces it will spend US$27.7 billion to fight erosion and pollution in the Yangtze and Yellow River valleys.
  • 2004
    Flash Airlines Flight 604 crashes into the Red Sea, resulting in 148 deaths, making it the deadliest aviation accident in Egyptian history.

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