About January 3

January 3, 2024 is the 3rd day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 363 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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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 38 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.
  • 1521
    Pope Leo X excommunicates Martin Luther in the papal bull Decet Romanum Pontificem.
  • 1749
    Benning Wentworth issues the first of the New Hampshire Grants, leading to the establishment of Vermont.
  • 1777
    American general George Washington defeats British general Charles Cornwallis at the Battle of Princeton.
  • 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.
  • 1911
    A magnitude 7.7 earthquake destroys the city of Almaty in Russian Turkestan.
  • 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.
  • 1947
    Proceedings of the U.S. Congress are televised for the first time.
  • 1956
    A fire damages the top part of the Eiffel Tower.
  • 1959
    Separatists in the Maldives declare the establishment of the United Suvadive Republic.
  • 1961
    Finland’s worst civilian aviation accident takes place when Aero Flight 311 crashes near Kvevlax, resulting in the deaths of all 25 people aboard.
  • 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.
  • 1999
    Israel detains, and later expels, 14 members of Concerned Christians.
  • 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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