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Friday January 3, 2020

January 3: Day of the Week

January 3, 2020 was the 3rd day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 363 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Friday.

If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Kin'yōbi.

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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)

  • 1777
    American general George Washington defeats British general Charles Cornwallis at the Battle of Princeton.
  • 1848
    Joseph Jenkins Roberts is sworn in as the first president of the independent African Liberia.
  • 1911
    A magnitude 7.7 earthquake destroys the city of Almaty in Russian Turkestan.
  • 1932
    Martial law is declared in Honduras to stop a revolt by banana workers fired by the United Fruit Company.
  • 1933
    Minnie D. Craig becomes the first female elected as Speaker of the North Dakota House of Representatives, the first female to hold a Speaker position anywhere in the United States.
  • 1947
    Proceedings of the U.S. Congress are televised for the first time.
  • 1961
    The SL-1, a government-run reactor near Idaho Falls, Idaho, underwent a core explosion and meltdown, killing three workers.
  • 1976
    The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights comes into effect.
  • 1999
    The Mars Polar Lander is launched.
  • 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?

  • 1840
    Father Damien, Flemish missionary (d. 1889)
  • 1912
    Armand Lohikoski, Finnish director (d. 2005)
  • 1926
    W. Michael Blumenthal, American businessman, civil servant, and 64th United States Secretary of the Treasury
  • 1942
    John Marsden, Australian lawyer (d. 2006)
  • 1949
    Sylvia Likens, American torture victim (d. 1965)
  • 1973
    Dan Harmon, American writer and producer
  • 1977
    Michelle Stephenson, British singer (Spice Girls)
  • 1978
    Kimberley Locke, American singer
  • 1979
    Chris Geddes, Canadian volleyball player
  • 1987
    Anchal Joseph Indian/American fashion model

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