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Calendar for January 3rd, 2014

1520s

  • 1521: Martin Luther was formally excomunicated from the Roman Catholic church by Pope Leo X

  • 1770s

  • 1777: General George Washington defeated the British under Lord Cornwallis at the Battle of Princeton

  • 1790s

  • Born 1793: Lucretia Mott (social reformer)

  • 1830s

  • Born 1835: Larkin Goldsmith Mead (sculptor)

  • 1860s

  • 1863: First covered skating rink in Canada opened, in Halifax, Nova Scotia

  • 1870s

  • 1870: Construction began on the Brooklyn Bridge in N.Y.C.

  • 1876: First free kindergarten opened, Florence, Massachusetts

  • 1890s

  • Born 1892: J.R.R. Tolkien (author)

  • Born 1897: Marion Davies (actress)

  • 1900s

  • Born 1909: Victor Borge (pianist & comedian)

  • 1920s

  • 1920: Boston Red Sox owner Harry Frazee sold Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees for $125,000 and a $350,000 loan. The loan was to finance Frazee's Broadway production of the musical No, No, Nanette

  • 1925: Benito Mussolini proclaimed a Fascist dictatorship in Italy

  • Born 1926: Joan Walsh Anglund (illustrator)

  • 1930s

  • Born 1932: Dabney Coleman (actor)

  • 1940s

  • Born 1945: Stephen Stills (musician)

  • Born 1946: John Paul Jones (musician)

  • 1946: British broadcaster of propaganda from Nazi Germany during WW II, William Joyce (nicknamed Lord Haw-Haw), was hanged in Great Britain for treason

  • 1950s

  • 1952: Dragnet made its television debut

  • Born 1956: Mel Gibson (actor)

  • 1958: Members of the newly created U.S. Civil Rights Commision took office

  • 1959: President Eisenhower signed proclamation making Alaska the 49th state

  • 1960s

  • 1960: Moscow State Symphony first Soviet orchestra to play in the United States (in N.Y.C.).

  • 1961: The U.S. broke diplomatic relations with Cuba

  • 1962: The Vatican excommunicated Cuban premier, Fidel Castro, from the Roman Catholic church

  • Died 1967: Jack Ruby (convicted killer of Lee Harvey Oswald)

  • 1970s

  • Died 1979: Conrad Hilton (hotelier)

  • 1980s

  • Born 1981: Eli Manning (football player)

  • 1983: Times Beach, Missouri, declared a federal disaster area after fall floods spread dangerous amounts of the toxic chemical dioxin

  • 1985: Soprano Leontyne Price made her farewell appearance at New York's Metropolitan Opera

  • 1990s

  • 1992: Miss Canada pageant canceled due to costs and changing times

  • 2000s

  • Died 2002: Alfred Henry "Freddy" Heineken (Dutchman who helped make his namesake beer one of the world's most popular)


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