January 3 Events in History - January 3 Birthdays - January 3 Deaths
2015 The Ezadeen, an abandoned ship carrying 450 Syrians, is rescued from choppy waters and brought safely to shore in Italy; the ship is the second to be abandoned by human traffickers off the nation's coast in the last four days
2014 According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, the net worth of the 300 richest people in the world collectively increased by $524 billion; the group has an aggregate net worth of $3.7 trillion
2014 A measles outbreak is declared in Metro Manila; the Philippine Department of Health reports 1,724 cases as of December 14, and 71 people in one hospital alone died in 2013
2013 Actor Gerard Depardieu is granted citizenship by Russian President, Vladimir Putin; Depardieu renounced his French citizenship due to the country's high taxes
2013 The Unites States swears in the 113th Congress, replacing the 112th Congress
2012 Unemployment in Spain is reportedly at a record high
2012 Iowa voters attend electoral caucuses; Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum lead Republican contenders as nominees for President of the United States
2011 With news that Facebook received investments of $500 million, analysts estimate the value of the company at $50 billion
2011 Over 5,000 red-winged blackbirds suddenly die in Beebe, Arkansas, on New Year's Eve; scientists investigate causes of the bird die-off
2010 Australian researchers discover the first plane taken to Antarctica in 1912
2009 Israel launches an invasion of the Gaza strip
2007 Gerald Ford is buried in Grand Rapids, Michigan
2004 Flash Airlines flight 604 crashes near Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, killing 148
1998 "Side Show," closes at Richard Rodgers New York City after 91 performances
1998 Grandpa Jones suffers a stroke
1997 Bryant Gumbel co-hosted his final Today show on NBC-TV
1997 Eddo Brandes takes ODI hat-trick vs. England at Harare
1997 Zimbabwe clean-sweep ODI series vs. England 3-0
1994 "Gray's Anatomy" closes at Beaumont Theater New York City after 13 performances
1994 100s killed in Venezuela in prison revolt
1994 Tupolev-154M crashes at Irkutsk, Siberia: 122 killed
1994 35-foot-tall Chief Wahoo, trademark of Indians on top of Stadium since 1962, is taken down, to be moved to Jacob's Field
1993 "Catskills on Broadway" closes at Lunt-Fontanne New York City after 452 performances
1993 "Christmas Carol" closes at Broadhurst Theater New York City after 22 performances
1993 "Lost in Yonkers" closes at Richard Rodgers New York City after 780 performances
1993 "Secret Garden" closes at St. James Theater New York City after 706 performances
1993 "Tommy Tune Tonite!" closes at Gershwin New York City after 10 performances
1993 Junk bond king Michael Milkin is released from jail after 22 months
1992 32 Cubans defect to the U.S. via helicopter
1992 Boon completes 11 Test Cricket century, 129* vs. India at Sydney
1991 Israel reopens consulate in U.S.S.R. after 23 years
1991 Los Angeles King Wayne Gretzky scores his 700th goal against New York Islanders
1990 Panama's leader General Manuel Noriega surrenders to U.S. authorities
1989 Jim and Tammy Bakker return to TV (Oy Vey!)
1989 Russian newspaper Izvestia gets its 1st commercial advertisement
1988 Israel orders 9 Palestinian "instigators" deported from W Beirut
1988 Margaret Thatcher becomes longest-serving British Prime Minister this century
1987 "Oh Coward!" closes at Helen Hayes Theater New York City after 56 performances
1987 "Smile" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater New York City after 48 performances
1987 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts 1st female artist Aretha Franklin
1987 Singer/Miss America Vanessa Williams marries Ramon T Hervey in New York City
1985 Azharuddin scores 110 in 1st Test innings
1985 Israel government confirms resettlement of 10,000 Ethiopian Jews
1984 Syria frees captured U.S. pilot after appeal from Jesse Jackson
1983 Tony Dorsett sets NFL record with 99-yd rush, Dallas vs Minnesota
1981 55th Australian Womens Tennis: H Mandlikova beats W Turnbull (60 75)
1981 Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey # 34, Austin Carr
1981 Greg Chappell scores 204 vs. India at the SCG
1981 Mary Terstegge Meagher swims female record 100 m butterfly (58.91)
1980 Gold hits record $634 an ounce
1978 Chandrasekar takes 6-52 and 6-52 at MCG in Indian innings win
1977 Apple Computers incorporated
1977 Lindy McDaniel retires with 2nd most pitching appearances (987 games)
1976 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1974 Arias Navarro succeeds Carrero Blanco as premier of Spain
1974 Burma accepts its constitution
1974 Gold hits record $121.25 an ounce in London
1974 Miguel Pinero's "Short Eyes," premieres in New York City
1974 New York Yankees sign Bill Virdon as manager
1973 George Steinbrenner III buys Yankees from CBS for $12 million
1971 "President's Daughter" closes at Billy Rose Theater New York City after 72 performances
1971 Baltimore Colts beat Oakland Raiders 27-17 in AFC championship game
1971 Dallas Cowboys beat San Francisco '49ers 17-10 in NFC championship game
1970 "Jimmy" closes at Winter Garden Theater New York City after 84 performances
1970 "Mame" closes at Winter Garden Theater New York City after 1508 performances
1970 Marxist government takes over in Congo
1970 WHAG TV channel 25 in Hagerstown, MD (NBC) begins broadcasting
1969 Rep Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. seated by Congress
1967 "Tonight Show" is shortened from 105 to 90 minutes
1967 Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys is indicted for draft evasion
1967 WJAN TV channel 17 in Canton, OH (IND) begins broadcasting
1966 Floyd B McKissick, named national director of CORE
1964 Jack Paar Show, shows a clip of the Beatles singing "She Loves You"
1963 WOUB TV channel 20 in Athens, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
1962 Ground is broken for the Houston Astrodome
1962 Pope John XXIII excommunicates Fidel Castro
1961 Adam Clayton Powell elected Chairman of House Education and Labor
1961 U.S. breaks diplomatic relations with Cuba
1959 Alaska admitted as 49th U.S. state
1958 Edmund Hillary reaches South Pole overland
1958 Lindsay Kline takes a hat-trick vs. South Africa at Cape Town
1957 1st electric watch introduced, Lancaster Pa
1955 Jose Ramon Guizado becomes president of Panama
1952 "Dragnet" with Jack Webb premieres on NBC TV
1952 Australia beat West Indies by one wicket at the MCG, last stand 38
1951 9 Jewish Kremlin physicians "exposed" as British/U.S. agents
1951 Fred Wilt wins AAU Sullivan Memorial Trophy (U.S. athlete of 1950)
1949 "Colgate Theater" dramatic anthology series premieres on NBC TV
1948 Bradman completes dual Test tons (132 and 127*) vs. India MCG
1947 1st opening session of Congress to be televised
1947 William Dawson becomes 1st black to head congressional committee
1945 Allies land on west coast of Burma, conquer Akyab
1945 British Premier Winston Churchill visits France
1945 Cato-Meridian School, New York, installs germicidal lamps in every room
1945 Greek General Plastiras forms government
1945 John Patrick's "Hasty Heart," premieres in New York City
1945 U.S. aircraft carriers attack Okinawa
1943 1st missing persons telecast (New York City)
1943 Canadian Army troops arrive in North Africa
1942 American-British-Dutch-Australian (ABDA) Command forms
1941 Canada and U.S. acquire air bases in Newfoundland (99 yr lease)
1941 Italian counter offensive in Albania
1941 Sergei Rachmaninov's "Symphonic Dances" premieres in Philadelphia
1940 WPG-AM in Atlantic City New Jersey consolidates with WBIL and WOV as "new" WOV
1939 Gene Cox becomes 1st girl page in U.S. House of Representatives
1938 March of Dimes established to fight polio
1931 Nels Stewart of Montreal Maroons scores 2 goals in 4 sec (record)
1929 27 year old William S. Paley becomes CBS president
1929 Bradman scores 112 vs. England at MCG - his 1st Test century
1926 Greek General Theodorus Pangulos names himself dictator
1925 Mussolini dissolves Italian parliament/becomes dictator
1922 1st living person identified on a U.S. coin (Thomas E Kirby) on the Alabama Centennial half-dollar
1921 Turkey makes peace with Armenia
1920 Arthur Honegger's "Chant de Nigamon," premieres
1920 New York Yankees purchase Babe Ruth from Red Sox for $125,000
1918 U.S. employment service opens as a unit of Department of Labor
1914 Kelman/Cushing/Heath' musical "Sari," premieres in New York City
1912 South Pacific RR offers to bring Liberty Bell to Exposition, free
1911 U.S. postal savings bank inaugurated
1910 British miners strike for 8 hour working day
1902 Reg Duff 104 on Test debut, vs. England at MCG
1900 Gerhart Hauptmanns "Schluck und Jau," premieres in Berlin
1900 Perihelion Passage
1896 Emperor Wilhelm congratulates President Kruger on the Jameson Raid
1890 1st U.S. college-level dairy school opens at University of Wisconsin
1889 Admissions convention meets in Ellensburg, WA, asks for statehood
1888 1st wax drinking straw patented, by Marvin C Stone in Washington D.C.
1876 1st free kindergarten in U.S. opens in Florence, Mass
1872 1st patent list issued by U.S. Patent Office
1871 Oleomargarine patented by Henry Bradley, Binghamton, New York
1870 Brooklyn Bridge construction begins; completed May 24, 1883
1868 Meiji Restoration returns authority to Japan's emperors
1865 Con Orem and Hugh O'Neill box 193 rounds before darkness ends match
1862 Romney Campaign-Stonewall Jackson moves north from Winchester
1861 Delaware legislature rejects proposal to join Confederacy
1861 U.S. Ft. Pulaski and Ft. Jackson, Savannah, seized by Georgia
1852 1st Chinese arrive in Hawaii
1847 California town of Yerba Buena renamed San Francisco
1840 1st deep sea sounding
1833 Britain seizes control of Falkland Islands in South Atlantic
1831 1st U.S. building and loan association organized, Frankford, Penn
1825 Scottish factory owner Robert Owen buys 30,000 acres in Indiana as site for New Harmony utopian community
1780 Danish national anthem "Kong Kristian...," 1st sung
1777 Washington defeats British at Battle of Princeton, New Jersey
1752 East Indies invasion "Geldermalsen" leaves at Malakka: 92 killed
1750 Tax revolt in Haarlem, Netherlands
1746 Bonnie Prince Charlies army leaves Glasgow,
1667 Resistance of Androsovo in Russia-Poland
1667 Russia and Poland sign Truce of Androsovo
1638 Dutch Premier Van Joost speaks of "Hostage rights of Aemstel"
1638 Schouwburg Theater, the 1st in Amsterdam, opens
1521 Martin Luther excommunicated by Roman Catholic Church
1431 Joan of Arc handed over to the bishop
1407 Bloody battles between Hoeksen and Kabeljauwen in Dordrecht
1338 Jacob of Arteveld elected mayor of Ghent
936 Duke Alberik II of Spoleto appoints his son Pope Leo VII
269 St. Felix I begins his reign as Catholic Pope
236 St. Anterus ends his reign as Catholic Pope