What Happened on January 3

Significant Events

  • 1496 Leonardo da Vinci unsuccessfully tests a flying machine.
  • 1521 Martin Luther excommunicated by Pope Leo X from the Roman Catholic Church
  • 1777 General George Washington's revolutionary army defeats British forces at Battle of Princeton, NJ
  • 1925 Benito Mussolini dissolves Italian parliament/becomes dictator
  • 1977 Apple Computer, Inc incorporates
  • 1985 Israel government confirms resettlement of 10,000 Ethiopian Jews
  • 1996 1st clamshell flip mobile phone, the Motorola StarTAC, goes on sale. Eventually 60 million are sold.
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Did You Know?

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducts 1st female artist, Aretha Franklin

On January 3, 1987

Famous Weddings

  • 1783 US Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Marshall (27) weds Mary Willis Ambler in Hanover County, Virginia
  • 1923 German politician Hermann Goering (30) weds Carin Hulda (34)
  • 1939 MLB catcher Roy Campanella (18) weds Bernice Ray
  • 1986 British golfer Nick Faldo (28) weds manager's secretary Gill Bennett
  • 1987 Singer/Miss America Vanessa Williams marries Ramon T Hervey in NYC

Famous Divorces

  • 1990 Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (41) divorces singer/dancer Sarah Brightman (29) after almost 7 years of marriage
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