3rd January

Born on this day 3rd January
106 BC Cicero
1733 Sir Richard Arkwright
1856 R. C. Lehmann
1861 William Renshaw
1883 Clement Attlee
1892 JRR Tolkien
1912 Robert Flemyng
1922 Bill Travers
1924 Doug Ellis
1926 Sir George Martin
1928 Michael Barrett
1933 Anya Linden ( Lady Sainsbury)
1935 David Vine
1942 John Thaw
1944 David Atherton
1946 John Paul Jones
1950 Victoria Principal
1956 Mel Gibson
1963 Alex Wheatle
1969 Michael Schumacher
1971 Sarah Alexander
1977 Lee Bowyer
1977 Michelle Stephenson
1978 Dominic Wood

Died on this day
1795 Josiah Wedgwood
1903 Alois Hitler, father of Adolf Hitler
1967 Jack Ruby


1967 Beach boy Carl Wilson received his call up papers. He refused to go and eventually won his case 5 years later

1970 English member Davy Jones quit the Monkees

1970 BJ Thomas reach the top of the US singles chart with ‘Raindrops Keep Fallin On My Head’

1976 The Bay City Rollers reached No.1 in the US with ‘Saturday Night’

1977 The first 12″ single Undisputed Loves ‘You And Me Love’ was released in the UK


1989 Yachtsman Chay Blyth was searching for 120 men and women to race around the world, in an event sponsored by British Steel
People & Showbiz

1993 The first episode of the 3rd star trek incarnation ‘Star Trek: Deep Space 9’ was boadcast on US TV

General Events

1431 Joan of Arc is handed over to the Bishop Pierre Cauchon

1496 Leonardo da Vinci unsuccessfully tests a flying machine

1924 English explorer Howard Carter discovers the sarcophagus of Tutankhamen in the Valley of the Kings, near Luxor, Egypt

1925 Benito Mussolini announces he is taking dictatorial powers over Italy

1958 Sir Edmund Hillary, with a party from New Zealand, reached the South Pole, becoming the first man to do so overland since Captain Scott

1959 Alaska is admitted as the 49th U.S. State

1961 The millionth Morris Minor rolled off the production line at Oxford

1971 The Open University was inaugurated

1977 Apple Computer is incorporated

1984 Former secretary to Cecil Parkinson Sara Keays gave birth to their child, a daughter weighing 8lb 3oz named Flora Elisabeth

1988 Margaret Thatcher becomes the longest-serving British Prime Minister in the 20th Century

1999 The Mars Polar Lander was launched

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