On this History Day – January 3 – Almanac


Missy LeHand, Secretary to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, sorts morning mail at the White House in response to a call for a dime donation to fight childhood paralysis as a way to celebrate the President’s birthday – the first “March of Dimes” campaign. The Dinner March premiered on January 3, 1938. File photo by the Library of Congress

Today is Monday January 3, the third day of 2022 with 362 to follow.

The moon is growing. The morning stars are Mars and Uranus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus.

People born on this date are under the sign of Capricorn. They include the Roman philosopher Cicero in 106 BC. feminist / abolitionist Lucretia Mott in 1793; the American first lady Grace Coolidge in 1879; author JRR Tolkien in 1892; Football Hall of Fame coach Hank Stram in 1923; Beatles record producer George Martin in 1926; the Italian director Sergio Leone in 1929; Brazilian composer Ernst Mahle in 1929 (93 years old); actor Robert Loggia in 1930; actor Dabney Coleman in 1932 (90); Bobby Hull, 1939 Hockey Hall of Fame member (83); the musician Van Dyke Parks in 1943 (79 years old); Stephen Stills, member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1945 (77 years old); John Paul Jones, member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1946 (76 years old); actor Victoria Principal in 1950 (72); actor / director Mel Gibson in 1956 (66); German racing champion Michael Schumacher in 1969 (53 years old); actor Danica McKellar in 1975 (47); DJ Thomas Bangalter in 1975 (47 years old); professional football quarterback Eli Manning in 1981 (41); actor Katie McGrath in 1983 (39); actor Florence Pugh in 1996 (26); climate activist Greta Thunberg in 2003 (19); actor Raegan Revord in 2008 (14 years old).

At this date in history:

In 1777, the Continental Army commanded by General George Washington defeated the British in Princeton, NJ

In 1870, construction began on the Brooklyn Bridge, designed by German immigrant John Augustus Roebling.

In 1933, Minnie Craig became the first female speaker of the North Dakota House of Representatives. Craig was the first woman to serve as president in the United States.

In 1938, US President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the March of Dimes, a nonprofit organization that began with a dime appeal to fight polio. After polio was effectively eliminated in the United States, the organization changed its mission to provide health and wellness to mothers and babies.

In 1944, USMC fighter ace Pappy Boyington was shot down over the Pacific by Japanese pilot Masajiro Kawato.

In 1959, Alaska became the 49th state of the United States.

In 1961, the United States severed diplomatic relations with Cuba after Fidel Castro announced he was a communist.

In 1962, Cuban leader Fidel Castro was excommunicated by Pope John XXIII.

In 1967, Jack Ruby, who killed Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged assassin of President John F. Kennedy, died of cancer in Dallas.

In 1969, police in Newark, NJ, confiscated a shipment of the John Lennon-Yoko Ono album two virgins because the cover photo, featuring full frontal nudity, violated pornography laws.

In 1990, ousted Panamanian dictator Manuel Antonio Noriega left his refuge at the Vatican embassy in Panama City and surrendered to American troops. He was taken to Florida to face drug trafficking charges.

In 1993, US President George HW Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed the START II treaty reducing strategic nuclear arsenals by two-thirds.

In 2004, a Flash Airline Boeing 737 crashed shortly after take off in Egypt, killing 148 people.

In 2006, Jack Abramoff, a Washington lobbyist, agreed to plead guilty to charges of fraud, public corruption and tax evasion, and testify against politicians and former colleagues.

In 2009, the Genesis block, the first block of the Bitcoin decentralized payment system blockchain, was created by Satoshi Nakamoto.

In 2015, the militant group Boko Haram launched a series of attacks against the town of Baga in northeastern Nigeria over five days. Local media said at least 100 people have died, although some reports put the death toll closer to 2,000.

In 2020, an American drone strike killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani near Baghdad. The US military accused him of devising plans to attack US diplomats and military personnel in the Middle East.

Thought for the day: “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation doesn’t have to be cruel to be tough. – President Franklin D. Roosevelt

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