On This Day

On This Day in History for January 3 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1976 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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1977 Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs incorporate Apple Computer, Inc

Co-founder of Apple Steve Wozniak
Co-founder of Apple
Steve Wozniak
Apple Co-founder Steve Jobs
Apple Co-founder
Steve Jobs
  • 1977 Former Home Secretary Roy Jenkins announces his intention to be Britain's first President of the European Commission
  • 1977 "The Police Tapes" premiere on New York City TV station WNET, based somewhat on 1960s NYPD officers who worked in its South Bronx
  • 1980 Gold hits record $634 an ounce
  • 1980 Babrak Karmal defends the Soviet-backed coup in first public appearance since taking power as President of Afghanistan
  • 1984 Syria frees captured US pilot after appeal from Jesse Jackson
  • 1985 Israel government confirms resettlement of 10,000 Ethiopian Jews

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1985 Mitch McConnell becomes Senator of Kentucky

US Senator Mitch McConnell
US Senator
Mitch McConnell
  • 1988 Israel orders 9 Palestinian "instigators" deported from W Beirut

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1988 Margaret Thatcher becomes longest-serving British PM this century

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
  • 1989 Russian newspaper Izvestia gets its 1st commercial advertisement

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1990 Panama's leader General Manuel Noriega surrenders to US authorities

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • 1991 Israel reopens consulate in USSR after 23 years
  • 1991 8 Iraqi embassy officials are expelled from the UK
  • 1992 32 Cubans defect to the US via helicopter

  • 1993 Michael Milkin, the "junk bond king", is released from jail after 22 months

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1993 In Moscow, the Start II arms reduction treaty is signed by George H. W. Bush (USA) and Boris Yeltsin (Russia)

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • 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

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1994 Restoration of South African citizenship, announced on 15 December 1993 by the South African parliament led by President F. W. de Klerk, becomes effective four months before the first South Africa non-racial polls of 27 April, 1994

South African President F. W. de Klerk
South African President
F. W. de Klerk
  • 1996 1st clamshell flip mobile phone, the Motorola StarTAC, goes on sale. Eventually 60 million are sold.
  • 1997 The People's Republic of China announces it will spend $US27.7 billion to fight erosion and pollution in the Yangtze and Yellow river valleys
  • 1998 Grandpa Jones suffers a stroke
  • 1999 Israel detains, and later expels, 14 members of Concerned Christians.
  • 1999 NASA's Mars Polar Lander launched, mission later fails after communication lost trying to land on Mars (Dec 3 1999)
  • 2002 The Palestinian freighter Karine A is seized by Israeli forces in the Red Sea
  • 2004 Flight 604, a Boeing 737 owned by Flash Airlines, an Egyptian airliner, plunges into the Red Sea, killing all 148 people on board.
  • 2007 National Express has its worst ever coach crash just outside Heathrow Airport.
  • 2009 Israeli ground forces invade Gaza.
  • 2009 The Bitcoin network is created as the first block of the digital currency is mined by a person or group of people using the name Satoshi Nakamoto
  • 2013 27 Shiite pilgrims are killed and 60 are injured by a suicide bombing in Musayyib, Iraq
  • 2014 Cambodian garment workers go on strike demanding a wage increase
  • 2014 Tommy Lynn Sells is executed at Texas State Penitentiary, Huntsville, for the murder of nine-year-old Mary Perez, thought to have committed 21 more murders
  • 2015 18 people are killed after the Norwegian cargo ship MS Bulk Jupiter sinks off the coast of Vietnam
  • 2015 Over 2,000 people are killed in north-east Nigeria after Boko Haram militants raze the town of Baga
  • 2018 Security expert reveal two security flaws, Meltdown and Spectre which affect most microprocessors

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2018 Lawyers of US President Donald Trump try to stop the publication of book on Trump's administration "Fire and Fury" by Michael Wolff

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2018 Previously unknown ancient Beringians group of people unearthed in Alaska, earliest known Native Americans at 11,500 years old
  • 2018 First bionic hand with a sense of touch, for use outside a lab unveiled in Rome
  • 2018 Landslide and flooding caused by heavy rains in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, kills at least 37
  • 2019 Archaeologists in Mexico announce discovery of pre-Aztec temple to god Xipe Tótec in Puebla state (dated 900-1150 AD)
  • 2019 Chinese Chang'e-4 spacecraft becomes the first ever to touch down on the far side of the Moon

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2019 116th US Congress convenes in Washington, D.C., electing Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House of Representatives for the second time

US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
US Speaker of the House
Nancy Pelosi
  • 2020 US drone strike kills top Iranian security and intelligence commander, Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani outside Baghdad airport in Iraq
  • 2021 US President Donald Trump says to Georgia's secretary of state Brad Raffensperger "I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have,” in recording released by the Washington Post

Birthdays in History


Weddings in History


Deaths in History

  • 2017 Igor Volk, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz T-12) & test pilot, dies at 79
  • 2020 Qasem Soleimani, Iranian major general of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, killed at 62 in a US drone strike outside Baghdad airport, Iraq