January 3, 2024 was the 3rd day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 363 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Wednesday.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is miércoles.
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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.
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)
Stephen F. Austin receives a grant of land in Texas from the government of Mexico.
Meiji Restoration in Japan: The Tokugawa shogunate is abolished; agents of Satsuma and Chōshū seize power.
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.
The Hamilton Watch Company introduces the first electric watch.
Separatists in the Maldives declare the establishment of the United Suvadive Republic.
The SL-1, a government-run reactor near Idaho Falls, Idaho, underwent a core explosion and meltdown, killing three workers.
The Motorola StarTAC, the first flip phone and one of the first mobile phones to gain widespread consumer adoption, goes on sale.
China announces it will spend US$27.7 billion to fight erosion and pollution in the Yangtze and Yellow River valleys.
Israel detains, and later expels, 14 members of Concerned Christians.
The Mars Polar Lander is launched.
Who were born on January 3?
Carlos Keller, Chilean fascist politician (d. 1974)
Ray Milland, British actor (d. 1986)
Raymond Garneau, French Canadian politician and businessman
Blanche d'Alpuget, Australian novelist, biographer
Bojan Križај, Slovenian skier
Michael Schumacher, German race car driver
David Tyree, American football player
Lasse Nilsson, Swedish footballer
Jacob Timpano, Australian footballer
Julia Nunes, American singer and ukulele player
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