January 3 in History
1521January 3, 1521:
German priest Martin Luther, who gained notoriety for questioning some practices of the Catholic Church, is excommunicated from the Church by Pope Leo X.
1938January 3, 1938:
The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis is established by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt to look into a cure for polio.
1959January 3, 1959:
Alaska officially joins the United States as the 49th state.
1977January 3, 1977:
1987January 3, 1987:
Aretha Franklin becomes the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
1990January 3, 1990:
Manuel Noriega, the notorious Panamanian dictator surrenders, to the United States troops to face drug trafficking charges.
1993January 3, 1993:
American football team, the Buffalo Bills makes a comeback from a 35-3 score defeat to the Houston Oilers at halftime to a 41-38 victory by full-time.
2001January 3, 2001:
Hillary Clinton becomes the first former US First Lady to occupy an elective office.
2004January 3, 2004:
The Mars Exploration Rover Spirit by NASA lands on Mars.
2005January 3, 2005:
Comedian Craig Ferguson begins hosting “The Late Late Show”.