In 1988, Margaret Thatcher becomes longest-serving British PM this century.
1746 Bonnie Prince Charlies army leaves Glasgow.
1777 Washington defeats British at Battle of Princeton, New Jersey.
1861 Delaware legislature rejects proposal to join Confederacy.
1861 US Fort Pulaski & Fort Jackson, Savannah, seized by Georgia.
1862 Romney Campaign - Stonewall Jackson moves north from Winchester.
1921 Turkey makes peace with Armenia.
1941 Canada & US acquire air bases in Newfoundland (99 year lease).
1941 Italian counter offensive in Albania.
1943 Canadian Army troops arrive in North Africa.
1945 Allies land on west coast of Burma, conquer Akyab.
1945 US aircraft carriers attack Okinawa.
1431 Joan of Arc handed over to the bishop.
1994 Tupolev-154M crashes at Irkutsk, Siberia 122 killed.
1521 Martin Luther excommunicated by Roman Catholic Church.
1962 Pope John XXIII excommunicates Fidel Castro.
1750 Tax revolt in Haarlem Netherlands.
1929 27 year old William S Paley becomes CBS president.
1947 1st opening session of Congress to be televised.
1952 "Dragnet" with Jack Webb premieres on NBC TV.
1967 "Tonight Show" is shortened from 105 to 90 minutes.
1997 Bryant Gumbel co-hosted his final "Today" show on NBC-TV.
1994 100s killed in Venezuela in prison revolt.
1985 Israel government confirms resettlement of 10,000 Ethiopian Jews.
1988 Israel orders 9 Palestinian "instigators" deported from W Beirut.
1991 Israel reopens consulate in USSR after 23 years.
1959 Alaska admitted as 49th US state.
1925 Mussolini dissolves Italian parliament/becomes dictator.
1825 Scottish factory owner Robert Owen buys 30,000 acres in Indiana as site for New Harmony utopian community.
1847 California town of Yerba Buena renamed San Francisco.
1852 1st Chinese arrive in Hawaii.
1870 Brooklyn Bridge construction begins; completed May 24, 1883.
1871 Oleomargarine patented by Henry Bradley, Binghamton NY.
1872 1st patent list issued by US Patent Office.
1888 1st wax drinking straw patented, by Marvin C Stone in Washington DC.
1876 1st free kindergarten in US opens in Florence MA.
1890 1st US college-level dairy school opens at University of Wisconsin.
1910 British miners strike for 8 hour working day.
1938 March of Dimes established to fight polio.
1943 1st missing persons telecast (New York City NY).
1945 Cato-Meridian School, NY, installs germicidal lamps in every room.
1939 Gene Cox becomes 1st girl page in US House of Representatives.
1947 William Dawson becomes 1st black to head congressional committee.
1966 Floyd B McKissick, named national director of CORE.
1957 1st electric watch introduced, Lancaster PA.
1924 British Egyptologist Howard Carter finds sarcophagus of Tutankhamun.
1958 Edmund Hillary reaches South Pole overland.
1974 Gold hits record $121.25 an ounce in London.
1980 Gold hits record $634 an ounce.
1989 Jim & Tammy Bakker return to TV (Oy Vey!).
1920 New York Yankees purchase Babe Ruth from Red Sox for $125,000.
1962 Ground is broken for the Houston Astrodome.
1973 George Steinbrenner III buys Yankees from CBS for $12 million.
1991 Los Angeles King Wayne Gretzky scores his 700th goal against New York Islanders.
1977 Apple Computer incorporated.
ROCK AND ROLL
1967 Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys is indicted for draft evasion.
1969 John Lennon's "2 Virgins" album declared pornographic in New Jersey.
1987 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducts 1st female artist Aretha Franklin.
1990 Panamá's leader General Manuel Noriega surrenders to US authorities.
1994 35-foot-tall Chief Wahoo, trademark of Indians on top of Stadium since 1962, is taken down, to be moved to Jacob's Field.
1998 Grandpa Jones suffers a stroke.
1624 William Tucker 1st Black child born in America
1883 Clement Richard Attlee (L) British PM (1945-51)
1892 John Ronald Reuel Tolkien South Africa, philologist/writer (Lord of Rings)
1909 Victor Borge [Borge Rosenbaum], Copenhagen Denmark, pianist/comedian
1916 Betty Furness New York City NY, actress/consumer activist (Studio 1)
1918 Maxene Andrews Minnesota, singer (Andrew Sisters-Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy)
1926 George Martin record producer (The Beatles)
1929 Sergio Leone Italian, director (Fist Full of Dollars)
1930 Robert Loggia Staten Island, actor (Officer & a Gentleman, THE Cat)
1939 Bobby Hull NHL forward (Chicago Blackhawk 1957-72)
1945 Victoria Principal Fukuoka Japan, actress (Earthquake, Pamela-Dallas)
1945 Stephen Stills Dallas TX, singer/songwriter/guitarist (Crosby Stills & Nash)
1946 John Paul Jones rocker (Led Zeppelin-Stairway to Heaven)
1956 Mel Gibson Peekskill NY, actor (Mad Max, Mrs Soffel, Lethal Weapon)
1964 Cheryl Miller Riverside CA, basketball player (Olympics-gold-1984)
1967 Helena Bonham Carter London England, actress (Getting it Right)
1795 Josiah Wedgwood British, ceramic craftsman/woodworker, dies at 64
1946 William Joyce (Lord Haw Haw), hanged in Britain for treason
1967 Jack Ruby assassin who killed assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, dies at 55
1976 Mal Evans Beatles' roadie, dies
1979 Conrad Hilton US founder (Hilton Hotels), dies at 91
1988 William Cagney actor (Torrid Zone), dies of a heart attack at 82
1990 Ken Hill actor (Cobra, Protocol), dies
January 3, the third day of 2008. There are 363 days left in the year.
compiled by Mondoreb
Source: Today in History
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