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On this day in history - January 3

What Happened On This Day – January 3

  • 1994 Millions of people from the former Apartheid Homelands gain South African citizenship

    The apartheid regime had stripped the black inhabitants of the right to citizenship to ensure a white majority of the de jure population.

  • 1993 The second Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START II) is signed

    The U.S.A. and Russia agreed to reduce the number of nuclear warheads by about 3,000.

  • 1961 The United States breaks diplomatic relations with Cuba

    In April 1961, the U.S. government launched an unsuccessful attempt to overthrow the Cuban government by invading the country at the bay of pigs.

  • 1959 Alaska becomes the 49th U.S. state

    The territory had been bought from Russia in 1867 for a mere $7.2 million.

  • 1957 The first electric watch is available

    The Hamilton Electric 500 came in “modern” asymmetrical designs to reflect the revolutionary technology.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
January 3

  • 1969 Michael Schumacher

    German race car driver

  • 1956 Mel Gibson

    American/Australian actor, director, producer, screenwriter

  • 1901 Ngo Dinh Diem

    South Vietnamese politician, 1st President of the Republic of Vietnam

  • 1892 J. R. R. Tolkien

    English philologist, author

  • 1883 Clement Attlee

    English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

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Deaths On This Day,
January 3

  • 2010 Mary Daly

    American philosopher, theologian

  • 2005 Will Eisner

    American illustrator

  • 2003 Sid Gillman

    American football player

  • 1967 Jack Ruby

    American murderer

  • 1946 William Joyce

    American/English politician, broadcaster