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

  • 1496
    Leonardo da Vinci unsuccessfully tests a flying machine.
  • 1749
    Benning Wentworth issues the first of the New Hampshire Grants, leading to the establishment of Vermont.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1925
    Benito Mussolini announces he is taking dictatorial powers over Italy.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1947
    Proceedings of the U.S. Congress are televised for the first time.
  • 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.
  • 1990
    Former leader of Panama Manuel Noriega surrenders to American forces.
  • 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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