U.S. 1969 U.S.A. John Lennon
3rd January, 1969 : A new album by John Lennon called Two Virgins featuring John Lennon and Yoko Ono in the nude are confiscated at Newark Airport and are not allowed to be sold in the US , also vice squad officers closed down a record store in Chicago displaying the Album due to it being considered pornographic.
U.S. 1870 U.S.A. Brooklyn Bridge
3rd January, 1870 : Construction work begins on the Brooklyn Bridge one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States connecting the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn by spanning the East River.
U.S. 1921 U.S.A. Canada Studebaker
Monday, Jan. 3rd, 1921 : The Studebaker Corporation has decided to no longer manufacture farm wagons. This company had been making these wagons since the year 1852. In 1902, the company had begun producing electric cars and then in 1904 they started producing gas-powered vehicles.
In 1954 the Studebaker Corporation merged with Packard Motor Company. Production of all Studebaker automobiles had officially ended in 1966 in Canada (1963 in U.S.).
Egypt 1924 Egypt Pharaoh Tutankhamen Mummy Located
Jan. 3rd, 1924 : A precious treasure was found located near Luxor, Egypt, where King Tut’s tomb was discovered two years prior. This special object was a stone sarcophagus, which contained a mummy inside of Pharaoh Tutankhamen of Egypt.
Italy 1925 Italy Benito Mussolini
Jan. 3rd, 1925 : Following his election as the Italian leader in 1922 Benito Mussolini the leader of the National Fascist Party in 1925 he declares he is taking dictatorial powers over Italy ending elections
U.S. 1926 U.S.A. Pontiac Introduced
Jan. 3rd, 1926 : This was the day that the General Motors introduced a new make of car to the market. It was called the Pontiac. Numerous models of this vehicle are still driven today.
U.S. 1938 U.S.A. March of Dimes Foundation Founded
Jan. 3rd, 1938 : Franklin Delano Roosevelt himself a victim of polio, founds the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, which was later renamed the March of Dimes Foundation.
U.S. 1940 U.S.A. Southland Shuffle
Jan. 3rd, 1940 : Charlie Barnet and his Orchestra records the would-be hit "Southland Shuffle" for Bluebird Records. The famed Billy May was featured as the trumpet player on the album
UK 1946 UK Lord Haw Haw Hung For High Treason
Jan. 3rd, 1946 : William Joyce, (Lord Haw Haw), was hanged in Britain for high treason. He had broadcast Nazi propaganda telling the British and American soldiers to surrender with the first words of every broadcast beginning with the words "Germany calling, Germany calling, Germany calling".
U.S. 1949 U.S.A. Colgate Theatre
Jan. 3rd, 1949 : The Colgate Theatre was born, and a series of productions entitled by the same name (Colgate Theatre) were put on. Television adaptations of radio shows such as Vic and Sade and Mr. and Mrs. North were also created. Colgate Theatre is located on the Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. This company still puts on quite a few productions.
U.S. 1949 U.S.A. Closed Shop Outlawed
Jan. 3rd, 1949 : The Supreme Court ruled that states held the right to outlaw the closed shop, this was one of the most important laws passed re: labor Law and changed the balance of power between labor and Business
U.S. 1959 U.S.A. Alaska
Jan. 3rd, 1959 : Alaska became the 49th state of the United States of America. A new U.S. flag of 13 stripes and 39 stars waved in the air.
U.S. 1961 U.S.A. Cuba Relationship
3rd January, 1961 : The relationship between United States and Cuba rapidly deteriorated and President Dwight D. Eisenhower closed the American Embassy that was located in Havana, Cuba. No longer did the United States and Cuba have diplomatic relations.
The primary reason why the United States had pulled out of Cuba at this time was to take a stand against the regime of Fidel Castro. The U.S. government was very concerned that this communist movement could spread to western countries such as the U.S.A. (or Canada, or others).
The decline of peace between U.S. and Cuba had actually started since 1959. This was when Castro first stepped into office.
Cuba 1962 Cuba
3rd January, 1962 : Prime Minister , the leader of Cuba at this time, was excommunicated from the Catholic Church. Other official leaders of Cuba’s communist regime of this time were thrown out as well. He was thrown out for violating a large number of the Roman Catholic Church’s Code of Canon Law.
Vietnam 1965 Vietnam War
Jan. 3rd, 1965 : Thousands of antigovernment demonstrators in Saigon clash with government marines and police over concern that American influence in South Vietnam was increasing.
U.S. 1967 U.S.A. Jack Ruby Dies
Jan. 3rd, 1967 : Jack Ruby, John F. Kennedy’s accused killer dies in Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas. This is the same hospital where John F. Kennedy and Oswald had been pronounced dead.
It was reported that Jack Ruby had died of cancer which had spread to his lymph glands, lungs, and pancreas. Even until up to his death he had denied having any connection with the JFK conspiracy-and very strongly insisted that he had nothing to do with it.
It is also reported that Jack Ruby was the one who was allegedly responsible for Oswald Chamber’s death. It was believed at this time that the reason that Chambers “had to go” too was to “keep him quiet”.
U.S. 1977 U.S.A. Apple Computer Incorporated
Jan. 3rd, 1977 : Apple Computer is incorporated 6 months after Apple had begun selling it's Apple I personal computer kit for $666.66 created by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.
Afghanistan 1980 Afghanistan Soviet Invasion Afghanistan
Jan. 3rd, 1980 : The new president of Afghanistan leader defends the Soviet invasion and coup last week stating Soviet troops are defending his country "against outside threats".
U.S. 1990 U.S.A. Murder
3rd January, 1990 : Matthew Stuart said his brother Charles was the one who killed Carol Stuart, who was Charles’ wife. Charles had fled when he found out his brother Matthew was going to testify against him. He had ended up taking his own life while driving over the Mystic River.
Originally William Bennett, an ex-con was charged of the murder as a result of a joke cracked by his nephew. Later Bennett was released.
Russia 1993 Soviet Union Start II
3rd January, 1993 : US President George Bush, and Russian Boris Yeltsin, have signed the second Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty Start II - in Moscow which will cut the number of nuclear warheads they have by between 3,000 and 3,500. ( currently both have about 10,000 nuclear war heads each )
U.S. 1999 U.S.A. Blizzards
Jan. 3rd, 1999 : One of the worst blizzards ever took place in the Midwestern United States leaving 14 inches in Milwaukee and 19 inches in Chicago. People had to dig themselves out of this storm after suffering the affects heavy wind and snow. This storm lasted for three days and 100 people had died.
Space 1999 Space Mars Polar Lander
Jan. 3rd, 1999 : The Doomed Mars Polar Lander designed to study the Martian weather, climate, water and carbon dioxide levels is launched on a Delta 7425 as part of the NASA Mars Surveyor '98 program . The Mars Polar Lander did not survive the descent onto the Martian surface and was presumed crashed.
U.S. 2008 U.S.A. Oil Breaks the $100 a Barrel
Jan. 3rd, 2008 : After a few months with the price of oil flirting with the $100 per Barrel it has finally broken the barrier and is expected to increase further now the physiological price barrier is broken
U.S.A. 2008 U.S.A. Polar Bear and Oil Exploration
Jan. 3rd, 2008 : As the arguments continue over the long term future of the Polar Bear specifically if it should be listed as a threatened species. The U.S. federal Minerals Management Service has announced it will hold a lease sale for exploration rights for oil and gas in a north-western region of Alaska which include sectors of the Chukchi Sea. The Chukchi Sea is home to one of two populations of polar bears in the US and environmental groups fear the effects on wildlife in the region, including the polar bear population.
U.S.A. 2009 U.S.A. Chrysler recieves a $4bn emergency loan
Jan. 3rd, 2009 : Following the US government loan to GM Chrysler recieves $4bn loan to stop the company being forced into bankrupcy
China 2010 China Beijing Heavy Snow Storm
3rd January, 2010 : Heavy snow blankets the Chinese capital Beijing, closing most highways out of the city were and all domestic flights out of Beijing.
Yemen 2010 Yemen Embassies are closed in Sanaa
Jan. 3rd, 2010 : The United States has been told that al-Qaeda will be making attacks in the
Yemeni capital Sanaa, and the U.S. and U.K.
have announced that their embassies have temporarily closed. The U.S. has accused
an al-Qaeda affiliate of being behind the
Christmas Day 2009 bombing attempt on a Detroit-bound airliner. Yemen has become
a prominent al-Qaeda haven, and
John Brennan has said that Western countries will have "to take every measure
possible to ensure the safety of our diplomats
and citizens abroad, so the decision was made to close the embassy." The next day France closes its Yemeni embassy as well
Australia 2011 Australia Australia Hit by Massive Flooding
3rd January, 2011 : The state of Queensland in Northeastern Australia
experienced massive flooding, affecting over twenty towns and over
Hong Kong2012 Hong KongLegionnaires' Disease in Hong Kong Government Complex
Jan. 3rd, 2012 : An outbreak of Legionnaires' Disease was discover at a Hong Kong government complex. After inspectors discovered that traces of the dangerous bacteria were up to fourteen times higher than acceptable levels, the buildings began the disinfecting process.
France 2013 France French Basque Party Disbands
3rd January, 2013 : Batasuna, the Basque nationalist party has announce that it would shut down operation in the country of France. The party was banned from Spain in 2003.
United States 2014 United States President Obama Proposes Gun Control
3rd January, 2014 : United States President Barack Obama proposed more measures that would aim at greater gun control for those with mental illness. The measures would be used to clarify some rules and would limit the availability of firearms to those with mental illness.
Born This Day In History 3rd January
Celebrating Birthday's Today Michael Schumacher Born: 3rd January 1969 Hürth-Hermülheim, West Germany Known For : Michael Schumacher believed by many to the greatest Formula 1 racing driver of all times winning the Formula One world drivers championship 7 times 1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004, Twice for Benetton in 1994 and 1995 and the other five times for Scuderia Ferrari. He was at his best in wet conditions and is known as "Regenmeister" (rain master). There are rumors that he may come back to F1 in 2010 but no confirmation just speculation and maybe wishful thinking by spectators and pundits alike. A little known fact he is a strong supporter of good causes and following the 2004 Asian tsunami disaster he made a personal donation of US$10 million. J. R. R. Tolkien Born: 3rd January 1892 Bloemfontein, Orange Free State Died: September 2nd 1973 Bournemouth, England Known For : J. R. R. Tolkien was a South African Born Writer and poet who created the The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit considered by many to be the best fantasy literature ever written. Like many of the great writers of his time he was a Professor at Oxford University ,teaching first as a Professor of Anglo-Saxon and later a Professor of English Language and Literature. Now for a few things you may not know he also helped to translate the Jerusalem Bible. Another fact many may not know is he only wrote The Lord Of The Rings after the Hobbit gained a large audience and in total spent more than ten years writing the main stories and appendices for The Lord of the Rings.