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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1925
    Benito Mussolini announces he is taking dictatorial powers over Italy.
  • 1932
    Martial law is declared in Honduras to stop a revolt by banana workers fired by the United Fruit Company.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1976
    The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights comes into effect.
  • 1977
    Apple Computer is incorporated.
  • 1993
    In Moscow, Russia, George Bush and Boris Yeltsin sign the second Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START).
  • 1996
    The Motorola StarTAC, the first flip phone and one of the first mobile phones to gain widespread consumer adoption, goes on sale.
  • 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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