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Tuesday January 3, 2017

January 3: Day of the Week

January 3, 2017 was the 3rd day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 362 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Tuesday.

If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is mardi.

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Here’s the January calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

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Zodiac & Birthstone

Capricorn is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Garnet is the modern birthstone for this month. Emerald is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

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January 3: This Day in History

The Perihelion, the point in the year when the Earth is closest to the Sun, occurs around this date.

January 3 Historical Event(s)

  • 1749
    Benning Wentworth issues the first of the New Hampshire Grants, leading to the establishment of Vermont.
  • 1823
    Stephen F. Austin receives a grant of land in Texas from the government of Mexico.
  • 1888
    The refracting telescope at the Lick Observatory, measuring 91 cm in diameter, is used for the first time. It was the largest telescope in the world at the time.
  • 1945
    World War II: Admiral Chester W. Nimitz is placed in command of all U.S. Naval forces in preparation for planned assaults against Iwo Jima and Okinawa in Japan.
  • 1961
    Finland’s worst civilian aviation accident takes place when Aero Flight 311 crashes near Kvevlax, resulting in the deaths of all 25 people aboard.
  • 1961
    The United States severs diplomatic relations with Cuba.
  • 1962
    Pope John XXIII excommunicates Fidel Castro.
  • 1997
    China announces it will spend US$27.7 billion to fight erosion and pollution in the Yangtze and Yellow River valleys.
  • 1999
    Israel detains, and later expels, 14 members of Concerned Christians.
  • 2004
    Flash Airlines Flight 604 crashes into the Red Sea, resulting in 148 deaths, making it the deadliest aviation accident in Egyptian history.

Who were born on January 3?

  • 1862
    Sir Matthew Nathan, British Governor of Queensland (d. 1939)
  • 1886
    John Gould Fletcher, American poet and author (d. 1950)
  • 1907
    Ray Milland, British actor (d. 1986)
  • 1956
    Mel Gibson, American-Australian actor and director
  • 1963
    Jerome Young, American professional wrestler
  • 1970
    Christian Duguay, American comic actor
  • 1972
    Nichole Nordeman, American singer
  • 1977
    A.J. Burnett, American baseball player
  • 1984
    Billy Mehmet, Irish footballer
  • 1987
    Leonidas Panagopoulos, Greek footballer

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