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January 3 is the third day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. 362 days remain until the end of the year (363 in leap years). Perihelion, the point during the year when the Earth is closest to the Sun, occurs around this date.

Events

  • 1521Pope Leo X excommunicates Martin Luther in the papal bull Decet Romanum Pontificem.
  • 1653 – By the Coonan Cross Oath, the Eastern Church in India cuts itself off from colonial Portuguese tutelage.
  • 1749Benning 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.
  • 1777American General George Washington defeats British General Lord Cornwallis at the Battle of Princeton.
  • 1815 – Austria, the United Kingdom, and France form a secret defensive alliance against Prussia and Russia.
  • 1823Stephen F. Austin receives a grant of land in Texas from the government of Mexico.
  • 1848Joseph Jenkins Roberts is sworn in as the first president of Liberia.
  • 1861American Civil War: Delaware votes not to secede from the United States.
  • 1868Meiji Restoration in Japan: The Tokugawa shogunate is abolished; agents of Satsuma and Chōshū seize power.
  • 1870 – Construction of the Brooklyn Bridge begins.
  • 1871Battle of Bapaume, a battle in the Franco-Prussian war occurs.
  • 1885Sino-French War: Beginning of the Battle of Núi Bop
  • 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.
  • 1911 – A magnitude 7.7 earthquake destroys the city of Almaty in Russian Turkestan.
  • 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.
  • 1913 – An Atlantic coast storm sets the lowest confirmed barometric pressure reading for a non-tropical system in the continental United States.
  • 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.
  • 1925Benito Mussolini announces he is taking dictatorial powers over Italy.
  • 1932Martial law is declared in Honduras to stop a revolt by banana workers fired by the United Fruit Company.
  • 1933Minnie 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.
  • 1938 – The March of Dimes is established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • 1944World War II: Top Ace Major Greg "Pappy" Boyington is shot down in his Vought F4U Corsair by Captain Masajiro Kawato flying a Mitsubishi A6M Zero.
  • 1945 – World War II: Admiral Chester W. Nimitz is placed in command of all U.S. Naval forces in preparation for planned assaults against Iwo Jima and Okinawa in Japan.
  • 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.
  • 1947 – Proceedings of the U.S. Congress are televised for the first time.
  • 1949 – The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, the central bank of the Philippines, is established.
  • 1953Frances P. Bolton and her son, Oliver from Ohio, become the first mother and son to serve simultaneously in the U.S. Congress.
  • 1956 – A fire damages the top part of the Eiffel Tower.
  • 1957 – The Hamilton Watch Company introduces the first electric watch.
  • 1958 – The West Indies Federation is formed.
  • 1959Alaska is admitted as the 49th U.S. state.
  • 1961 – The United States severs diplomatic relations with Cuba over the latter's nationalization of American assets.
  • 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 – 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.
  • 1962Pope John XXIII excommunicates Fidel Castro.
  • 1976International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights entered into force.
  • 1977Apple Computer is incorporated.
  • 1990Manuel Noriega, former leader of Panama, surrenders to American forces.
  • 1993 – In Moscow, Russia, George Bush and Boris Yeltsin sign the second Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START).
  • 1994 – More than seven million people from the former apartheid Homelands receive South African citizenship.
  • 1999 – The Mars Polar Lander is launched.
  • 2000 – Final daily Peanuts comic strip.
  • 2002 – Israeli forces seize the Palestinian freighter Karine A in the Red Sea, finding 50 tons of weapons.
  • 2004Flash Airlines Flight 604 crashes into the Red Sea, resulting in 148 deaths, making it one of the deadliest aviation accidents in Egyptian history.
  • 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.
  • 2015Boko Haram militants raze the entire town of Baga in north-east Nigeria, starting the 2015 Baga massacre and killing as many as 2,000 people.

Births

  • 106 BCCicero, Roman philosopher, lawyer, and politician (d. 43 BC)
  • 169Lü Bu, Chinese general and warlord (d. 199)
  • 1196Emperor Tsuchimikado of Japan (d. 1231)
  • 1509Gian Girolamo Albani, Italian cardinal (d. 1591)
  • 1611James Harrington, English political theorist (d. 1677)
  • 1698Pietro Metastasio, Italian poet and songwriter (d. 1782)
  • 1710Richard Gridley, American soldier and engineer (d. 1796)
  • 1719Francisco José Freire, Portuguese historian and philologist (d. 1773)
  • 1722Fredrik Hasselqvist, Swedish biologist and explorer (d. 1752)
  • 1760Veerapandiya Kattabomman, Indian ruler (d. 1799)
  • 1775Francis Caulfeild, 2nd Earl of Charlemont (d. 1863)
  • 1778Antoni Melchior Fijałkowski, Polish archbishop (d. 1861)
  • 1793Lucretia Mott, American activist (d. 1880)
  • 1802Charles Pelham Villiers, English lawyer and politician (d. 1898)
  • 1803Douglas William Jerrold, English journalist and playwright (d. 1857)
  • 1806Henriette Sontag, German soprano and actress (d. 1854)
  • 1810Antoine Thomson d'Abbadie, French geographer, ethnologist, linguist, and astronomer (d. 1897)
  • 1816Samuel C. Pomeroy, American businessman and politician (d. 1891)
  • 1819Charles Piazzi Smyth, Italian-Scottish astronomer and academic (d. 1900)
  • 1821Karel Dežman, Slovenian archaeologist, botanist, and politician, Mayor of Ljubljana (d. 1889)
  • 1831Savitribai Phule, Indian poet, educator, and activist (d. 1897)
  • 1836Sakamoto Ryōma, Japanese samurai and rebel leader (d. 1867)
  • 1840Father Damien, Flemish priest and missionary (d. 1889)
  • 1855Hubert Bland, English businessman (d. 1914)
  • 1861Ernest Renshaw, English tennis player (d. 1899)
  • 1861 – William Renshaw, English tennis player (d. 1904)
  • 1862Matthew Nathan, English soldier and politician, 13th Governor of Queensland (d. 1939)
  • 1865Henry Lytton, English actor (d. 1936)
  • 1870Henry Handel Richardson, Australian-English author (d. 1946)
  • 1873Ichizō Kobayashi, Japanese businessman and art collector, founded the Hankyu Hanshin Holdings (d. 1957)
  • 1875Alexandros Diomidis, Greek banker and politician, 145th Prime Minister of Greece (d. 1950)
  • 1876Wilhelm Pieck, German carpenter and politician, 1st President of the German Democratic Republic (d. 1960)
  • 1877Josephine Hull, American actress (d. 1957)
  • 1880Francis Browne, Irish Jesuit priest and photographer (d. 1960)
  • 1883Clement Attlee, English soldier, lawyer, and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1967)
  • 1883 – Duncan Gillis, Canadian discus thrower and hammer thrower (d. 1963)
  • 1884Raoul Koczalski, Polish pianist and composer (d. 1948)
  • 1885Harry Elkins Widener, American businessman (d. 1912)
  • 1886John Gould Fletcher, American poet and author (d. 1950)
  • 1886 – Arthur Mailey, Australian cricketer (d. 1967)
  • 1887August Macke, German-French painter (d. 1914)
  • 1887 – Helen Parkhurst, American author and educator (d. 1973)
  • 1892J.R.R. Tolkien, English writer, poet, and philologist (d. 1973)
  • 1894ZaSu Pitts, American actress (d. 1963)
  • 1895Boris Lyatoshinsky, Ukrainian composer and conductor (d. 1968)
  • 1897Marion Davies, American actress and comedian (d. 1961)
  • 1898Carolyn Haywood, American author and illustrator (d. 1990)
  • 1898 – Carlos Keller, Chilean historian, academic, and politician (d. 1974)
  • 1900Donald J. Russell, American businessman (d. 1985)
  • 1901Ngô Đình Diệm, Vietnamese lawyer and politician, 1st President of the Republic of Vietnam (d. 1963)
  • 1905Dante Giacosa, Italian engineer (d. 1996)
  • 1905 – Anna May Wong, American actress (d. 1961)
  • 1907Ray Milland, Welsh-American actor and director (d. 1986)
  • 1909Victor Borge, Danish-American pianist and conductor (d. 2000)
  • 1910Frenchy Bordagaray, American baseball player and manager (d. 2000)
  • 1911John Sturges, American director and producer (d. 1982)
  • 1912Federico Borrell García, Spanish soldier (d. 1936)
  • 1912 – Renaude Lapointe, Canadian journalist and politician (d. 2002)
  • 1912 – Armand Lohikoski, American-Finnish actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2005)
  • 1915Jack Levine, American painter and soldier (d. 2010)
  • 1916Maxene Andrews, American singer (d. 1995)
  • 1916 – Betty Furness, American actress and television journalist (d. 1994)
  • 1916 – Fred Haas, American golfer (d. 2004)
  • 1917Albert Mol, Dutch author and actor (d. 2002)
  • 1917 – Vernon A. Walters, American general and diplomat, 17th United States Ambassador to the United Nations (d. 2002)
  • 1917 – Roger Williams Straus, Jr., American journalist and publisher, co-founded Farrar, Straus and Giroux (d. 2004)
  • 1919Dorothy Morrison, American actress
  • 1919 – Herbie Nichols, American pianist and composer (d. 1963)
  • 1920Siegfried Buback, German lawyer and politician, Attorney General of Germany (d. 1977)
  • 1920 – Renato Carosone, Italian singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 2001)
  • 1921Chetan Anand, Indian director and screenwriter (d. 1997)
  • 1922Bill Travers, English actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1994)
  • 1923Hank Stram, American football coach and sportscaster (d. 2005)
  • 1924Otto Beisheim, German businessman and philanthropist, founded Metro AG (d. 2013)
  • 1924 – André Franquin, Belgian author and illustrator (d. 1997)
  • 1924 – Nell Rankin, American soprano and educator (d. 2005)
  • 1925Jill Balcon, English actress (d. 2009)
  • 1926W. Michael Blumenthal, American economist and politician, 64th United States Secretary of the Treasury
  • 1926 – George Martin, English composer, conductor, and producer (d. 2016)
  • 1928Michael Barratt, English television host and announcer
  • 1928 – Abdul Rahman Ya'kub, Malaysian lawyer and politician, 3rd Chief Minister of Sarawak (d. 2015)
  • 1929Sergio Leone, Italian director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1989)
  • 1929 – Ernst Mahle, German-Brazilian composer and conductor
  • 1929 – Gordon Moore, American businessman, co-founder of Intel Corporation
  • 1930Robert Loggia, American actor and director (d. 2015)
  • 1931Yashawant Dinkar Phadke, Indian historian and activist (d. 2008)
  • 1932Dabney Coleman, American actor
  • 1932 – Eeles Landström, Finnish pole vaulter and politician
  • 1933Geoffrey Bindman, English lawyer
  • 1933 – Anya Linden, English ballerina
  • 1933 – Anne Stevenson, American-English poet and author
  • 1934Marpessa Dawn, American-French actress, singer, and dancer (d. 2008)
  • 1934 – Carla Anderson Hills, American lawyer and politician, 5th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
  • 1935Raymond Garneau, Canadian businessman and politician
  • 1936Michael Layard, English admiral
  • 1937Glen A. Larson, American director, producer, and screenwriter, created Battlestar Galactica (d. 2014)
  • 1938Robin Butler, Baron Butler of Brockwell, English academic and politician
  • 1938 – K. Ganeshalingam, Sri Lankan accountant and politician, Mayor of Colombo (d. 2006)
  • 1939Arik Einstein, Israeli singer-songwriter and actor (d. 2013)
  • 1939 – Bobby Hull, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1940Leo de Berardinis, Italian actor and director (d. 2008)
  • 1940 – Bernard Blaut, Polish footballer and coach (d. 2007)
  • 1941Malcolm Dick, New Zealand rugby player
  • 1942John Marsden, Australian lawyer and activist (d. 2006)
  • 1942 – John Thaw, English actor and producer (d. 2002)
  • 1943Jarl Alfredius, Swedish journalist (d. 2009)
  • 1943 – Van Dyke Parks, American singer-songwriter, musician, composer, author, and actor
  • 1944David Atherton, English conductor, co-founded London Sinfonietta
  • 1944 – Raewyn Connell, Australian sociologist and academic
  • 1944 – Blanche d'Alpuget, Australian author
  • 1944 – Chris von Saltza, American swimmer
  • 1945David Starkey, English historian and academic
  • 1945 – Stephen Stills, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1946John Paul Jones, English bass player, songwriter, and producer
  • 1946 – Michalis Kritikopoulos, Greek footballer (d. 2002)
  • 1947Fran Cotton, English rugby player
  • 1947 – Zulema, American singer-songwriter (d. 2013)
  • 1948Ian Nankervis, Australian footballer
  • 1950Victoria Principal, American actress and businesswoman
  • 1950 – Linda Steiner, American journalist and academic
  • 1951Linda Dobbs, English lawyer and judge
  • 1951 – Gary Nairn, Australian surveyor and politician, 14th Special Minister of State
  • 1952Esperanza Aguirre, Spanish civil servant and politician, 3rd President of the Community of Madrid
  • 1952 – Gianfranco Fini, Italian journalist and politician, Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • 1952 – Jim Ross, Professional wrestling commentator
  • 1953Justin Fleming, Australian playwright and author
  • 1953 – Mohammed Waheed Hassan, Maldivian educator and politician, 5th President of the Maldives
  • 1956Mel Gibson, American-Australian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1957Dave Dobbyn, New Zealand singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1958James J. Greco, American businessman
  • 1958 – Shim Hyung-rae, South Korean actor, director, and producer
  • 1960Russell Spence, English race car driver
  • 1962Gavin Hastings, Scottish rugby player
  • 1963Stewart Hosie, Scottish businessman and politician
  • 1963 – Aamer Malik, Pakistani cricketer
  • 1963 – Alex Wheatle, English author and playwright
  • 1964Bruce LaBruce, Canadian director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1964 – Cheryl Miller, American basketball player and coach
  • 1966Chetan Sharma, Indian cricketer
  • 1968Lorenzo Fertitta, American entrepreneur, casino executive and sports promoter
  • 1969Jarmo Lehtinen, Finnish race car driver
  • 1969 – Michael Schumacher, German race car driver
  • 1969 – Gerda Weissensteiner, Italian luger and bobsledder
  • 1971Cory Cross, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
  • 1971 – Lee Il-hwa, South Korean actress
  • 1972Janek Kiisman, Estonian footballer
  • 1973Dan Harmon, American screenwriter and producer
  • 1974Robert-Jan Derksen, Dutch golfer
  • 1974 – Alessandro Petacchi, Italian cyclist
  • 1974 – Shin Eun-jung, South Korean actress
  • 1975Thomas Bangalter, French DJ and producer
  • 1975 – Jun Maeda, Japanese businessman, co-founded the Key Company
  • 1975 – Danica McKellar, American actress, writer, and mathematician
  • 1976Angelos Basinas, Greek footballer
  • 1976 – Nicholas Gonzalez, American actor and producer
  • 1977Lee Bowyer, English footballer and coach
  • 1977 – A. J. Burnett, American baseball player
  • 1977 – Mayumi Iizuka, Japanese voice actress and singer
  • 1978Dimitra Kalentzou, Greek basketball player
  • 1978 – Park Sol-mi, South Korean actress
  • 1978 – Dominic Wood, English comedian and former magician
  • 1980Bryan Clay, American decathlete
  • 1980 – Angela Ruggiero, American ice hockey player
  • 1980 – David Tyree, American football player
  • 1980 – Kurt Vile, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1980 – Mary Wineberg, American sprinter
  • 1981Eli Manning, American football player
  • 1982Peter Clarke, English footballer
  • 1982 – Lasse Nilsson, Swedish footballer
  • 1982 – Park Ji-yoon, South Korean singer and actress
  • 1983Katie McGrath, Irish actress
  • 1984Miloš Juhász, Slovak footballer
  • 1984 – Billy Mehmet, English-Irish footballer
  • 1984 – Lee Wan, South Korean actor
  • 1985Linas Kleiza, Lithuanian basketball player
  • 1985 – Evan Moore, American football player
  • 1986Dana Hussain, Iraqi sprinter
  • 1986 – Greg Nwokolo, Indonesian footballer
  • 1986 – Jessica O'Rourke, American footballer
  • 1986 – Dmitry Starodubtsev, Russian pole vaulter
  • 1986 – Jacob Timpano, Australian footballer
  • 1986 – Allan Walker, Scottish footballer
  • 1987Reto Berra, Swiss professional ice hockey goaltender
  • 1987 – Leonidas Panagopoulos, Greek footballer
  • 1988Ikechi Anya, Scottish-Nigerian footballer
  • 1988 – Rodrigo de la Cadena, Mexican singer-songwriter
  • 1988 – Jonny Evans, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1988 – Matt Frattin, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1988 – J. R. Hildebrand, American race car driver
  • 1989Adas Juškevičius, Lithuanian basketball player
  • 1989 – Ben Matulino, New Zealand rugby league player
  • 1989 – Kōhei Uchimura, Japanese artistic gymnast
  • 1989 – Anthony Wordsworth, English footballer
  • 1990Yoichiro Kakitani, Japanese footballer
  • 1991Jerson Cabral, Dutch footballer
  • 1991 – Özgür Çek, Turkish footballer
  • 1991 – Sébastien Faure, French footballer
  • 1991 – Dane Gagai, Australian rugby league player
  • 1992Doug McDermott, American basketball player
  • 1992 – Sio Siua Taukeiaho, New Zealand-Tongan rugby league player
  • 1992 – Sandra Zaniewska, Polish tennis player
  • 1993Kevin Ware, American basketball player
  • 1995Kim Seol-hyun, South Korean singer and dancer

Deaths

  • 236Pope Anterus
  • 323Emperor Yuan of Jin (b. 276)
  • 661Benjamin, Coptic Orthodox Patriarch of Alexandria
  • 1098Walkelin, French bishop
  • 1322Philip V of France (b. 1292)
  • 1437Catherine of Valois, queen of Henry V of England (b. 1401)
  • 1489Martin Truchseß von Wetzhausen, Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights (b. 1435)
  • 1497Beatrice d'Este, Duchess of Milan (b. 1475)
  • 1501Ali-Shir Nava'i, Turkic poet, linguist, and mystic (b. 1441)
  • 1543Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, Portuguese explorer and navigator (b. 1499)
  • 1571Joachim II Hector, Elector of Brandenburg (b. 1505)
  • 1641Jeremiah Horrocks, English astronomer and mathematician (b. 1618)
  • 1656Mathieu Molé, French politician (b. 1584)
  • 1670George Monck, 1st Duke of Albemarle, English general and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (b. 1608)
  • 1701Louis I, Prince of Monaco (b. 1642)
  • 1743Ferdinando Galli-Bibiena, Italian painter and architect (b. 1657)
  • 1777William Leslie, Scottish captain (b. 1751)
  • 1779Claude Bourgelat, French surgeon and lawyer (b. 1712)
  • 1785Baldassare Galuppi, Italian composer (b. 1706)
  • 1795Josiah Wedgwood, English potter, founded the Wedgwood Company (b. 1730)
  • 1826Louis-Gabriel Suchet, French general (b. 1770)
  • 1871Kuriakose Elias Chavara, Indian priest and saint (b. 1805)
  • 1875Pierre Larousse, French lexicographer and publisher (b. 1817)
  • 1882William Harrison Ainsworth, English author (b. 1805)
  • 1895James Merritt Ives, American lithographer and businessman, co-founded Currier and Ives (b. 1824)
  • 1903Alois Hitler, Austrian civil servant (b. 1837)
  • 1911Alexandros Papadiamantis, Greek author and poet (b. 1851)
  • 1915James Elroy Flecker, English poet, author, and playwright (b. 1884)
  • 1916Grenville M. Dodge, American general and politician (b. 1831)
  • 1922Wilhelm Voigt, German criminal (b. 1849)
  • 1923Jaroslav Hašek, Czech journalist and author (b. 1883)
  • 1927Carl David Tolmé Runge, German physicist and mathematician (b. 1856)
  • 1931Joseph Joffre, French general (b. 1852)
  • 1933Wilhelm Cuno, German lawyer and politician, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1876)
  • 1933 – Jack Pickford, Canadian-American actor, director, and producer (b. 1896)
  • 1943Walter James, Australian lawyer and politician, 5th Premier of Western Australia (b. 1863)
  • 1944Jurgis Baltrušaitis, Lithuanian poet, critic, and translator (b. 1873)
  • 1945Edgar Cayce, American psychic and author (b. 1877)
  • 1945 – Ferdynand Antoni Ossendowski, Polish journalist and explorer (b. 1879)
  • 1946William Joyce, American-born Irish-British pro-Axis propaganda broadcaster (b. 1906)
  • 1956Alexander Gretchaninov, Russian-American pianist and composer (b. 1864)
  • 1956 – Dimitrios Vergos, Greek wrestler, weightlifter, and shot putter (b. 1886)
  • 1956 – Joseph Wirth, German educator and politician, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1876)
  • 1958Cafer Tayyar Eğilmez, Turkish general (b. 1877)
  • 1959Edwin Muir, Scottish poet, author, and translator (b. 1887)
  • 1960Eric P. Kelly, American journalist, author, and academic (b. 1884)
  • 1962Hermann Lux, German footballer and manager (b. 1893)
  • 1965Milton Avery, American painter (b. 1885)
  • 1966Sammy Younge Jr., American civil rights activist (b. 1944)
  • 1967Mary Garden, Scottish-American soprano and actress (b. 1874)
  • 1967 – Reginald Punnett, British scientist (b. 1875)
  • 1967 – Jack Ruby, American businessman and murderer (b. 1911)
  • 1969Jean Focas, Greek-French astronomer (b. 1909)
  • 1969 – Tzavalas Karousos, Greek-French actor (b. 1904)
  • 1970Gladys Aylward, English missionary and humanitarian (b. 1902)
  • 1972Mohan Rakesh, Indian author and playwright (b. 1925)
  • 1975Victor Kraft, Austrian philosopher from the Vienna Circle (b. 1880)
  • 1975 – James McCormack, American general (b. 1910)
  • 1977William Gropper, American lithographer, cartoonist, and painter (b. 1897)
  • 1979Conrad Hilton, American businessman, founded the Hilton Hotels & Resorts (b. 1887)
  • 1980Joy Adamson, Austrian-Kenyan author (b. 1910)
  • 1980 – George Sutherland Fraser, Scottish poet and academic (b. 1915)
  • 1981Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone (b. 1883)
  • 1988Rose Ausländer, Ukrainian-German poet and author (b. 1901)
  • 1988 – Joie Chitwood, American race car driver and stuntman (b. 1912)
  • 1989Sergei Sobolev, Russian mathematician and academic (b. 1909)
  • 1992Judith Anderson, British actress (b. 1897)
  • 1993Johnny Most, American soldier and sportscaster (b. 1923)
  • 2002Satish Dhawan, Indian engineer (b. 1920)
  • 2002 – Juan García Esquivel, Mexican pianist and composer (b. 1918)
  • 2002 – Freddy Heineken, Dutch businessman (b. 1923)
  • 2003Sid Gillman, American football player and coach (b. 1911)
  • 2003 – Jimmy Stewart, Scottish race car driver (b. 1931)
  • 2004Des Corcoran, Australian soldier and politician, 37th Premier of South Australia (b. 1928)
  • 2005Koo Chen-fu, Taiwanese businessman and diplomat (b. 1917)
  • 2005 – Egidio Galea, Maltese Roman Catholic priest, missionary, and educator (b. 1918)
  • 2005 – Jyotindra Nath Dixit, Indian diplomat, 2nd Indian National Security Adviser (b. 1936)
  • 2006Steve Rogers, Australian rugby player and coach (b. 1954)
  • 2006 – Bill Skate, Papua New Guinean politician, 5th Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea (b. 1954)
  • 2007János Fürst, Hungarian violinist and conductor (b. 1935)
  • 2007 – Earl Reibel, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1930)
  • 2007 – William Verity, Jr., American businessman and politician, 27th United States Secretary of Commerce (b. 1917)
  • 2007 – Cecil Walker, Northern Irish politician (b. 1924)
  • 2008Aleksandr Abdulov, Russian actor and screenwriter (b. 1953)
  • 2008 – Werner Dollinger, German economist and politician, German Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development (b. 1918)
  • 2008 – Choi Yo-sam, South Korean boxer (b. 1972)
  • 2009Betty Freeman, American philanthropist and photographer (b. 1921)
  • 2009 – Pat Hingle, American actor (b. 1924)
  • 2009 – Ulf G. Lindén, Swedish businessman (b. 1937)
  • 2009 – Hisayasu Nagata, Japanese politician (b. 1969)
  • 2010Gustavo Becerra-Schmidt, Chilean-German composer and academic (b. 1925)
  • 2010 – Mary Daly, American theologian and scholar (b. 1928)
  • 2012Vicar, Chilean cartoonist (b. 1934)
  • 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)
  • 2012 – Josef Škvorecký, Czech-Canadian author and publisher (b. 1924)
  • 2012 – Bob Weston, English guitarist and songwriter (b. 1947)
  • 2013Alfie Fripp, English soldier and pilot (b. 1913)
  • 2013 – Ivan Mackerle, Czech cryptozoologist, explorer, and author (b. 1942)
  • 2013 – William Maxson, American general (b. 1930)
  • 2013 – Sergiu Nicolaescu, Romanian actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1930)
  • 2014Phil Everly, American singer and guitarist (b. 1939)
  • 2014 – George Goodman, American economist and author (b. 1930)
  • 2014 – Saul Zaentz, American film producer (b. 1921)
  • 2015Martin Anderson, American economist and academic (b. 1936)
  • 2015 – Edward Brooke, American captain and politician, 47th Massachusetts Attorney General (b. 1919)
  • 2015 – Bryan Caldwell, American football player (b. 1960)
  • 2015 – Allie Sherman, American football player and coach (b. 1923)
  • 2016Paul Bley, Canadian-American pianist and composer (b. 1932)
  • 2016 – Peter Naur, Danish computer scientist, astronomer, and academic (b. 1928)
  • 2016 – Bill Plager, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1945)
  • 2016 – Igor Sergun, Russian general and diplomat (b. 1957)
  • 2017H. S. Mahadeva Prasad, Indian politician (b. 1958)

Holidays and observances

  • Anniversary of the 1966 Coup d'état (Burkina Faso)
  • Christian feast day:
    • Genevieve
    • Kuriakose Elias Chavara (Syro-Malabar Catholic Church)
    • William Passavant (Episcopal Church)
    • January 3 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • Ministry of Religious Affairs Day (Indonesia)
  • 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)

External links

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