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January 3: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on January 3

January 3rd celebrates Fruitcake Toss Day and Drinking Straw Day.

Today’s the third day of the year and our New Year resolutions are well on the way!

People who were born on January 3rd share the Capricorn zodiac sign.

You’re about to discover some of the coolest historical events and fun facts for January 3 including the many major advances in technology and exploration that all fell on this special day.

Did you know that on this day in 1870, workers began construction on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York? It was the first steel-wire suspended bridge in the world.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about January 3rd in history!

What Happened On January 3 In History?


A woman in Rome became first person to receive a bionic hand that can sense touch.

After losing her left hand in an accident 25 years prior, Almerina Mascarello said, "it's almost like it's back again."
Source BBC

The cryptocurrency “Bitcoin” was created, providing a new digital currency.


The Mars Polar Lander was launched.

This 640 pound (290kg) robotic spacecraft lander was launched to study the soil and climate of Planum Australe, a region near the South Pole on Mars.

Aretha Franklin became the first ever female artist to enter the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Source Time

The Apple Computer Company became Apple Computers Inc.

Apple Computers Inc was originally founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne on April 1, 1976 but Wayne sold his shares to Jobs and Wozniak for just $800 before Apple Computers Inc was incorporated.

Alaska became the 49th State to join the United States of America.


A fire broke out at the top of the famous iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.

The fire broke out at 19:21 after an electric fault and up to 3,000 visitors to Paris' top attracted were evacuated. It took 125 firefighters and 20 firetrucks to combat the fire.

Workers began construction on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York.

OTD in 1870: Workers began construction on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York.
The construction of the bridge was completed May 24, 1883, which made it the world's largest suspension bridge.

British Novelist Charles Dickens and his wife Catherine left England for America on board the Britannia ship.


During the Battle of Princeton, British forces were defeated in New Jersey by George Washington’s revolutionary army.

OTD in 1777: During the Battle of Princeton

Leonardo da Vinci unsuccessfully tried to fly his famous Flying Machine invention for the first time.

Leonardo da Vinci is known for many things from his incredible art to his master inventions and one of the most well-known was his Flying Machine. Unfortunately, his attempt to fly was unsuccessful, but he learned that no man could ever jump high enough to propel his craft.
Source EDN.com

Did you know that on this day, January 3rd 1870, workers began construction on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York?