3 JANUARY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Cicero, 106 BC
  • Saint Paul of the Cross, 1694
  • Douglas Jerrold, 1803
  • D.W. Griffith, 1875
  • Clement Atlee, 1883
  • J.R.R. Tolkien, 1892
  • Marion Davies, 1897
  • Ngo Dinh Diem, 1901
  • Ray Milland, 1905
  • Victor Borge, 1909
  • Betty Furness, 1916
  • Jesse White, 1918
  • Allen Ginsberg, 1926
  • George Martin, 1926
  • Sergio Leone, 1929
  • Dabney Coleman, 1932
  • Jerry Leiber, 1933
  • Bobby Hull, 1939
  • Victoria Principal, 1944
  • Steven Stills, 1945
  • Sydney Biddle Barrows, 1952
  • Mel Gibson, 1956
  • Michael Schumacher, 1969

Died On This Day:

  • King Philip V (the Tall) of France, 1322
  • Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, 1543
  • Josiah Wedgwood, 1795
  • Pierre Larousse, 1875
  • Elizabeth Peabody, 1894
  • Jack Ruby, 1967
  • Conrad Hilton, 1979
  • Joy Adamson, 1980
  • David Maysles, 1987
  • Dame Judith Anderson, 1992
  • Phil Everly, 2014

Today's Events:

  • 1521 - Martin Luther excommunicated.
  • 1777 - George Washington avoids attack and retreats to winter camp after Battle of Princeton.
  • 1871 - Henry W. Bradley of Binghamton, N.Y. receives patent on Oleomargarine.
  • 1895 - Oscar Wilde's 'An Ideal Husband' premieres in London; critics rave including George Bernard Shaw.
  • 1900 - Giuseppe Verdi's 'Aida' makes U.S. debut in New York.
  • 1924 - After almost two years in the tomb, Howard Carter discovers sarcophagus of King Tut.
  • 1938 - Franklin Delano Roosevelt creates The March of Dimes to battle polio.
  • 1958 - Sir Edmund Hillary reaches the South Pole.
  • 1959 - Alaska becomes 49th State admitted to Union.
  • 1961 - U.S. under Eisenhower breaks diplomatic relations with Cuba.
  • 1962 - Groundbreaking ceremonies for Houston Astrodome.
  • 1977 - Apple Computer incorporated by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.
  • 1988 - Margaret Thatcher becomes Britain's longest-serving Prime Minister in 20th Century (elected 4/79)
  • 2015 - Boko Harem series of massacres begin in Nigeria; 2,000 killed in four days.
  • 2019 - Nancy Pelosi elected first woman Speaker of the House in American History, second line of succession in the case of a President's death or impeachment.
  • 2019 - Dow Jones slips 660 points on Apple Computer slide, government shutdown,and Chinese trade war. 4,152 points lost since record high in October 2018.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Feast of St. Genevieve-patron saint of Paris
  • Fulgentius

Holiday:

  • Genshi-Sai (Imperial Court functions begin) in Japan

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • YÜAN TAN. Chinese New Year's Day. Based on lunar calendar - starts sunset on day of 2nd New Moon.
  • CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL 15th day of first month of lunar calendar marks end of Chinese New Year.
  • TU BI-SHEBAT (Judaism) New Year for Trees, celebrated on 15th of lunar month Shebat.
  • MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY 3rd Monday in January
  • ADULTS DAY in Japan - second Monday in January - 'Seijin no hi'
  • SNOW FESTIVAL - Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
  • GANESHA CHATURTHI, Hindu Festival of the Elephant God
  • VASANT PANCHAMI, Hindu Festival of Spring and of Saraswati, Goddess of Learning (end of January)
  • PONGAL AND MAKARA SANKRANTI, mid-January, Harvest festival celebrated in Southern India and Singapore
  • LAILAT AL MIRAJ Muslim Festival celebrating ascent of Muhammad into Heaven
  • JAPANESE NEW YEAR - 3 day festival
  • LOHRI, the Hindu Bonfire Festival, celebrated early January

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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