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Tuesday 3 January 2017 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Tamaseseri Festival (Hakozaki Shrine, Fukuoka, Japan)
  • The first day of Nakhatsenendyan toner, celebrated until January 5 (Armenia).
  • The tenth of the Twelve Days of Christmas (Western Christianity)

Events

  • 2009 – The first block of the blockchain of the decentralized payment system Bitcoin, called the Genesis block, was established by the creator of the system, Satoshi Nakamoto.
  • 2004 – Flash Airlines Flight 604 crashes into the Red Sea, resulting in 148 deaths, making it one of the deadliest aviation accidents in Egyptian history.
  • 2002 – Israeli forces seize the Palestinian freighter Karine A in the Red Sea, finding 50 tons of weapons.
  • 2000 – Final daily Peanuts comic strip.
  • 1999 – The Mars Polar Lander is launched.
  • 1994 – More than seven million people from the former apartheid Homelands receive South African citizenship.
  • 1990 – Manuel Noriega, former leader of Panama, surrenders to American forces.
  • 1961 – A protest by agricultural workers in Baixa de Cassanje, Portuguese Angola, turns into a revolt, opening the Angolan War of Independence, the first of the Portuguese Colonial Wars.
  • 1961 – The SL-1 nuclear reactor is destroyed by a steam explosion in the only reactor incident in the United States to cause immediate fatalities.
  • 1961 – The United States severs diplomatic relations with Cuba over the latter's nationalization of American assets.
  • 1959 – Alaska is admitted as the 49th U.S. state.
  • 1958 – The West Indies Federation is formed.
  • 1957 – The Hamilton Watch Company introduces the first electric watch.
  • 1953 – Frances P. Bolton and her son, Oliver from Ohio, become the first mother and son to serve simultaneously in the U.S. Congress.
  • 1947 – Proceedings of the U.S. Congress are televised for the first time.
  • 1946 – Popular Canadian American jockey George Woolf dies in a freak accident during a race; the annual George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award is created to honor him.
  • 1938 – The March of Dimes is established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • 1933 – Minnie D. Craig becomes the first woman elected as Speaker of the North Dakota House of Representatives, the first woman to hold a Speaker position anywhere in the United States.
  • 1925 – Benito Mussolini announces he is taking dictatorial powers over Italy.
  • 1919 – At the Paris Peace Conference, Emir Faisal I of Iraq signs an agreement with Zionist leader Chaim Weizmann on the development of a Jewish homeland in Palestine.
  • 1913 – An Atlantic coast storm sets the lowest confirmed barometric pressure reading for a non-tropical system in the continental United States.
  • 1911 – A gun battle in the East End of London left two dead and sparked a political row over the involvement of then-Home Secretary Winston Churchill.
  • 1888 – The James Lick telescope at the Lick Observatory, measuring 91 cm in diameter, is used for the first time. It was the largest refracting telescope in the world at the time.
  • 1870 – Construction of the Brooklyn Bridge begins.
  • 1861 – American Civil War: Delaware votes not to secede from the United States.
  • 1848 – Joseph Jenkins Roberts is sworn in as the first president of Liberia.
  • 1777 – American General George Washington defeats British General Lord Cornwallis at the Battle of Princeton.
  • 1749 – Benning Wentworth issues the first of the New Hampshire Grants, leading to the establishment of Vermont.
  • 1749 – The first issue of Berlingske, Denmark's oldest continually operating newspaper, is published.
  • 1521 – Pope Leo X excommunicates Martin Luther in the papal bull Decet Romanum Pontificem.

Births

  • 1993 – Kevin Ware, American basketball player
  • 1992 – Doug McDermott, American basketball player
  • 1988 – J. R. Hildebrand, American race car driver
  • 1986 – Jessica O'Rourke, American footballer
  • 1985 – Evan Moore, American football player
  • 1981 – Eli Manning, American football player
  • 1980 – Angela Ruggiero, American ice hockey player
  • 1980 – Bryan Clay, American decathlete
  • 1980 – David Tyree, American football player
  • 1980 – Kurt Vile, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1980 – Mary Wineberg, American sprinter
  • 1977 – A. J. Burnett, American baseball player
  • 1976 – Nicholas Gonzalez, American actor and producer
  • 1975 – Danica McKellar, American actress, writer, and mathematician
  • 1975 – Jun Maeda, Japanese businessman, co-founded the Key Company
  • 1973 – Dan Harmon, American screenwriter and producer
  • 1968 – Lorenzo Fertitta, American entrepreneur, casino executive and sports promoter
  • 1964 – Cheryl Miller, American basketball player and coach
  • 1962 – Darren Daulton, American baseball player (d. 2017)
  • 1958 – James J. Greco, American businessman
  • 1956 – Mel Gibson, American-Australian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1950 – Linda Steiner, American journalist and academic
  • 1950 – Victoria Principal, American actress and businesswoman
  • 1947 – Zulema, American singer-songwriter (d. 2013)
  • 1945 – Stephen Stills, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1944 – Chris von Saltza, American swimmer
  • 1944 – David Atherton, English conductor, co-founded London Sinfonietta
  • 1943 – Van Dyke Parks, American singer-songwriter, musician, composer, author, and actor
  • 1937 – Glen A. Larson, American director, producer, and screenwriter, created Battlestar Galactica (d. 2014)
  • 1934 – Carla Anderson Hills, American lawyer and politician, 5th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
  • 1934 – Marpessa Dawn, American-French actress, singer, and dancer (d. 2008)
  • 1933 – Anne Stevenson, American-English poet and author
  • 1932 – Dabney Coleman, American actor
  • 1930 – Robert Loggia, American actor and director (d. 2015)
  • 1929 – Gordon Moore, American businessman, co-founder of Intel Corporation
  • 1926 – W. Michael Blumenthal, American economist and politician, 64th United States Secretary of the Treasury
  • 1924 – Nell Rankin, American soprano and educator (d. 2005)
  • 1924 – Otto Beisheim, German businessman and philanthropist, founded Metro AG (d. 2013)
  • 1923 – Hank Stram, American football coach and sportscaster (d. 2005)
  • 1919 – Dorothy Morrison, American actress
  • 1919 – Herbie Nichols, American pianist and composer (d. 1963)
  • 1917 – Roger Williams Straus, Jr., American journalist and publisher, co-founded Farrar, Straus and Giroux (d. 2004)
  • 1917 – Vernon A. Walters, American general and diplomat, 17th United States Ambassador to the United Nations (d. 2002)
  • 1916 – Betty Furness, American actress and television journalist (d. 1994)
  • 1916 – Fred Haas, American golfer (d. 2004)
  • 1916 – Maxene Andrews, American singer (d. 1995)
  • 1915 – Jack Levine, American painter and soldier (d. 2010)
  • 1912 – Armand Lohikoski, American-Finnish actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2005)
  • 1911 – John Sturges, American director and producer (d. 1982)
  • 1910 – Frenchy Bordagaray, American baseball player and manager (d. 2000)
  • 1909 – Victor Borge, Danish-American pianist and conductor (d. 2000)
  • 1907 – Ray Milland, Welsh-American actor and director (d. 1986)
  • 1905 – Anna May Wong, American actress (d. 1961)
  • 1900 – Donald J. Russell, American businessman (d. 1985)
  • 1898 – Carolyn Haywood, American author and illustrator (d. 1990)
  • 1897 – Marion Davies, American actress and comedian (d. 1961)
  • 1895 – Boris Lyatoshinsky, Ukrainian composer and conductor (d. 1968)
  • 1894 – ZaSu Pitts, American actress (d. 1963)
  • 1892 – J.R.R. Tolkien, English writer, poet, and philologist (d. 1973)
  • 1887 – Helen Parkhurst, American author and educator (d. 1973)
  • 1886 – John Gould Fletcher, American poet and author (d. 1950)
  • 1885 – Harry Elkins Widener, American businessman (d. 1912)
  • 1880 – Francis Browne, Irish Jesuit priest and photographer (d. 1960)
  • 1877 – Josephine Hull, American actress (d. 1957)
  • 1873 – Ichizō Kobayashi, Japanese businessman and art collector, founded the Hankyu Hanshin Holdings (d. 1957)
  • 1816 – Samuel C. Pomeroy, American businessman and politician (d. 1891)
  • 1793 – Lucretia Mott, American activist (d. 1880)
  • 1710 – Richard Gridley, American soldier and engineer (d. 1796)
  • 106 BC – Cicero, Roman philosopher, lawyer, and politician (d. 43 BC)

Deaths

  • 2016 – Paul Bley, Canadian-American pianist and composer (b. 1932)
  • 2015 – Allie Sherman, American football player and coach (b. 1923)
  • 2015 – Bryan Caldwell, American football player (b. 1960)
  • 2015 – Edward Brooke, American captain and politician, 47th Massachusetts Attorney General (b. 1919)
  • 2015 – Martin Anderson, American economist and academic (b. 1936)
  • 2014 – George Goodman, American economist and author (b. 1930)
  • 2014 – Phil Everly, American singer and guitarist (b. 1939)
  • 2014 – Saul Zaentz, American film producer (b. 1921)
  • 2013 – William Maxson, American general (b. 1930)
  • 2012 – Gene Bartow, American basketball player and coach (b. 1930)
  • 2012 – Robert L. Carter, American lawyer and judge (b. 1917)
  • 2012 – Winifred Milius Lubell, American author and illustrator (b. 1914)
  • 2010 – Mary Daly, American theologian and scholar (b. 1928)
  • 2009 – Betty Freeman, American philanthropist and photographer (b. 1921)
  • 2009 – Pat Hingle, American actor (b. 1924)
  • 2007 – William Verity, Jr., American businessman and politician, 27th United States Secretary of Commerce (b. 1917)
  • 2003 – Sid Gillman, American football player and coach (b. 1911)
  • 1993 – Johnny Most, American soldier and sportscaster (b. 1923)
  • 1988 – Joie Chitwood, American race car driver and stuntman (b. 1912)
  • 1979 – Conrad Hilton, American businessman, founded the Hilton Hotels & Resorts (b. 1887)
  • 1977 – William Gropper, American lithographer, cartoonist, and painter (b. 1897)
  • 1975 – James McCormack, American general (b. 1910)
  • 1967 – Jack Ruby, American businessman and murderer (b. 1911)
  • 1967 – Mary Garden, Scottish-American soprano and actress (b. 1874)
  • 1966 – Sammy Younge Jr., American civil rights activist (b. 1944)
  • 1965 – Milton Avery, American painter (b. 1885)
  • 1960 – Eric P. Kelly, American journalist, author, and academic (b. 1884)
  • 1956 – Alexander Gretchaninov, Russian-American pianist and composer (b. 1864)
  • 1946 – William Joyce, American-born Irish-British pro-Axis propaganda broadcaster (b. 1906)
  • 1945 – Edgar Cayce, American psychic and author (b. 1877)
  • 1933 – Jack Pickford, Canadian-American actor, director, and producer (b. 1896)
  • 1916 – Grenville M. Dodge, American general and politician (b. 1831)
  • 1895 – James Merritt Ives, American lithographer and businessman, co-founded Currier and Ives (b. 1824)
  • 1795 – Josiah Wedgwood, English potter, founded the Wedgwood Company (b. 1730)
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