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Sunday January 3, 2021

January 3: Day of the Week

January 3, 2021 was the 3rd day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 362 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Sunday.

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

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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)

  • 1861
    American Civil War: Delaware votes not to secede from the United States.
  • 1868
    Meiji Restoration in Japan: The Tokugawa shogunate is abolished; agents of Satsuma and Chōshū seize power.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1938
    The March of Dimes is established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • 1944
    World War II: Top Ace Major Greg “Pappy” Boyington is shot down in his Corsair by Captain Masajiro Kawato flying a Zero.
  • 1956
    A fire damages the top part of the Eiffel Tower.
  • 1959
    Separatists in the Maldives declare the establishment of the United Suvadive Republic.
  • 1994
    More than seven million people from the former Apartheid Homelands, receive South African citizenship.
  • 1996
    The Motorola StarTAC, the first flip phone and one of the first mobile phones to gain widespread consumer adoption, goes on sale.

Who were born on January 3?

  • 1862
    Sir Matthew Nathan, British Governor of Queensland (d. 1939)
  • 1876
    Wilhelm Pieck, East Germany statesman (d. 1960)
  • 1916
    Betty Furness, American actress (d. 1994)
  • 1930
    Mara Corday, American actress and model
  • 1939
    Nikos Alefantos, Greek football manager
  • 1945
    Stephen Stills, American musician
  • 1950
    Victoria Principal, American actress
  • 1972
    Yoon Chan, South Korean actor
  • 1978
    Dimitra Kalentzou, Greek basketball player
  • 1987
    Anchal Joseph Indian/American fashion model

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