On This Day

What Happened on January 3

Important Events

  • 1496 Leonardo da Vinci unsuccessfully tests a flying machine
  • 1521 Martin Luther is Excommunicated by Pope Leo X from the Roman Catholic Church for failing to recant parts of his Ninety-five Theses which started the Protestant Reformation

Jan 3 in Film & TV

  • 2004 After hosting the show for over 30 years, Casey Kasem gives up the hosting duties of "American Top 40" to Ryan Seacrest

Jan 3 in Music

  • 1987 Aretha Franklin is the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Jan 3 in Sport

  • 1929 Australian cricket icon Don Bradman follows up a 1st innings of 79 to score 112 in 3rd Test v England in Melbourne; his 1st of 29 Test centuries

Did You Know?

Previously unknown ancient Beringians group of people unearthed in Alaska, earliest known Native Americans at 11,500 years old

On January 3, 2018

Would You Believe?

1st clamshell flip mobile phone, the Motorola StarTAC, goes on sale. Eventually 60 million are sold.

On January 3, 1996

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

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

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