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January 3rd History

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January 3rd In Pop Culture History

1521 - Martin Luther was excommunicated by Roman Catholic Church

1777 - Washington defeated the British at Battle of Princeton, NJ

1847 - Yerba Buena renamed San Francisco

1871 - Oleomargarine was patented (#110626) by Henry Bradley in Binghamton, NY

January 3, 1900 Birthday (fictional) Jim Corrigan, The Spectre, DC Comics

1919 - Professor Ernest Rutherford succeeded in splitting the atom. He split nitrogen atoms into oxygen atoms.

1920 - New York Yankees purchased Babe Ruth from Red Sox for $125,000

1924 - British Egyptologist Howard Carter found the sarcophagus of Tutankhamen (King Tut)

1938 - March of Dimes was established

1951 - Dragnet premiered on NBC

1959 - Alaska was admitted as 49th U.S. state

1970 - #1 Hit January 3, 1970 - January 30, 1970: B. J. Thomas - Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head

1970 - Jon Pertwee made his first appearance as the Third Doctor in the Doctor Who episode Spearhead from Space. It also marks the first time that the series was broadcast in color. (colour in the UK)

1973 - George Steinbrenner III bought the Yankees from CBS for $12 million

1976 - #1 Hit January 3, 1976 - January 9, 1976: Bay City Rollers - Saturday Night

1977 - Apple Computers incorporated

1977 - Holly Hallstrom joined Janice Pennington and Dian Parkinson as a showcase model on The Price is Right

1979 - The USA cable network was founded

1983 - Plinko was added as a Pricing Game for the series The Price Is Right

1987 - Unsolved Mysteries premiered (as a special) on NBC

1987 - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted the 1st female artist, the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin

1991 - First television sets to feature closed-caption display are introduced in the U.S.

1993 - ABC and CBS simultaneously broadcast their own movies based on the Amy Fisher story with ABC's starring Drew Barrymore and CBS's starring Alyssa Milano. NBC had already beaten the other networks airing their own version about six days prior.

1997 - Bryant Gumbel anchored his last episode of the Today Show.

January 3rd
Celebrity Birthdays

Now You Know...

Cicero (106 BC, d.43 BC)
Henry Lytton (1865, d.1936)
Willem Benoy (1882)
Josephine Hull (1886)
J.R.R. Tolkien (1892)
Zasu Pitts (1894)
Marion Davies (1897)
Pola Negri (1897)
Dorothy Arnzer (1900)
Anna May Wong (1905)
Ray Milland (1907, d.1986)
Victor Borge (1909, d.2000)
John Sturges (1911)
Robert Flemying (1912)
Maxine Andrews (1918)
Jesse White (1919)
Ronato Carosone (1920, d.2001)
John Russell (1921)
Bill Travers (1922)
Charles Tingwell (1923)
Nell Rankin (1924, d.2005)
Danny Overbea (1926)
George Martin (1926)
Sergio Lenone (1929)
Eddie Egan (1930)
Robert Loggia (1930)
Mara Corday (1932)
Betty Rollin (1936)
Thelma Schoonmaker (1940)
Shima Iwashita (1941)
Van Dyke Parks (1941)
John Thaw (1942, d.2002)
Stephen Stills (1945)
John Paul Jones (1946)
Cissy King (1946)
Larry McNeeley (1948)
Victoria Principal (1950)
Jim Ross (1952)
Ross The Boss (1954)
Cynthia Sykes (1955)
Palmolive (1955)
Mel Gibson (1956)
Frank Dicopoulous (1957)
Rusty Golden (1959)
Joan Chen (1960)
Erwin Blom (1961)
Francesa Lia Block (1962)
Bruce LaBruce (1964)
Shannon Sturges (1968)
Nikki Nelson (1969)
Mahaya Petrosian (1970)
Christian Duguay (1970)
Matt Ross (1970)
Nichole Nordeman (1972)
Dan Harmon (1973)
Danica McKellar (1975)
Jason Marsden (1975)
Thomas Bangalter (1975)
Alisen Down (1976)
Dinara Drukarova (1976)
Nicolas Gonzalez (1976)
Kimberley Locke (1978)
Dominic Wood (1978)
Rob Arnold (1980)
Liya Kebede (1980)
Eli Manning (1981)
Lloyd Polite (1986)
Anya Kop (1989)
Alex D. Lintz (1989)

Worrying works!

90% of the things I worry about never happen.

Victor Borge's real name was Børge Rosenbaum.
Victor's headstone, in Putnam Cemetery (Greenwich Connecticut,), has a replica of the Little Mermaid on top
J.R.R. Tolkien's real name was John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, and he was a close friend of C.S. Lewis and W. H. Auden.


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