- 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.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducts 1st female artist, Aretha Franklin
On January 3, 1987