January 3: Day of the Week
January 3, 2018 was the 3rd day of the year 2018 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 362 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Wednesday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Suiyōbi.
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Here’s the January calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
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)
- 1782Sylhet District in north-east Bangladesh is established
- 1868Meiji Restoration in Japan: The Tokugawa shogunate is abolished; agents of Satsuma and Chōshū seize power.
- 1932Martial law is declared in Honduras to stop a revolt by banana workers fired by the United Fruit Company.
- 1947Proceedings of the U.S. Congress are televised for the first time.
- 1953Frances P. Bolton and her son, Oliver from Ohio, become the first mother and son to serve simultaneously in the U.S. Congress.
- 1956A fire damages the top part of the Eiffel Tower.
- 1957The Hamilton Watch Company introduces the first electric watch.
- 1961The SL-1, a government-run reactor near Idaho Falls, Idaho, underwent a core explosion and meltdown, killing three workers.
- 1961The United States severs diplomatic relations with Cuba.
- 1999The Mars Polar Lander is launched.
Who were born on January 3?
- 1196Emperor Tsuchimikado of Japan (d. 1231)
- 1810Antoine Thomson d'Abbadie, French geographer (d. 1897)
- 1836Sakamoto Ryōma, Japanese revolutionary (d. 1867)
- 1915Mady Rahl, German actress (d. 2009)
- 1946Cissy King, American entertainer
- 1952Gianfranco Fini, Italian politician
- 1954Ross the Boss, American guitarist
- 1963Vic Grimes, American professional wrestler
- 1986Lloyd Polite, American R&B singer
- 1987Anchal Joseph Indian/American fashion model
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