January 03: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

On January 3, learn about the most interesting events and historical facts that occurred throughout history. The third day of the Gregorian calendar is January 3rd. On this day, Turkey and Armenia signed a peace treaty, the March of Dimes was founded to aid in the fight against polio, and Minnie D. Craig was chosen as the first female Speaker of the North Dakota House of Representatives.

Capricorn is the zodiac sign for January 3rd. Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Victoria Principal have famous birthdays. J.R.R. Tolkien Day is observed on January 3rd.


(January 03, 1892)
J.R.R. Tolkien, the English author and scholar best known for his immensely imaginative epic fantasy The Lord of the Rings (1954–55), was born in South Africa. photo source:


(January 03, 1946)
The annual George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award is established to remember popular Canadian American jockey George Woolf, who died in a freak accident during a race. photo source:

(January 03, 1959)
Alaska became the 49th state of the United States. photo source:

(January 03, 1977)
Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded Apple, which went on to become one of the most valuable corporations in the world, famed for its revolutionary computer and electronic goods. photo source:

(January 03, 2001)
Hillary Clinton was sworn in as a United States senator from New York, making her the first first lady of the United States to be elected to public office. photo source:


(January 03, 2021)
Eric Jerome Dickey was a writer from the United States. He wrote multiple criminal novels about swindlers, ex-convicts, and assassins, with more diversified locations ranging from Los Angeles to the United Kingdom to the West Indies, each with an international cast of characters. Dickey's novels were New York Times best-sellers. Dickey died of cancer on January 3, 2021, in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 59. photo source:

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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