On This Day In History, 3 January

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World Events Today

  • A fire started in the television transmitter, on the top of the Eiffel Tower today in 1956, repairs took a year to complete
  • The United States withdrew diplomatic recognition of the Cuban government today in 1961
  • The Chinese Lunar Exploration Program, made the first soft landing on the far side of the Moon today in 2019, deploying the Yutu-2 lunar rover

Entertainment Events Today

  • The author John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, best known for his fantasy novels, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, was born today in 1892 in South Africa
  • William Brooke Joyce, better known as the Nazi propaganda broadcaster Lord Haw-Haw, was hanged today in 1946, he was the last person to be executed for treason in the United Kingdom
  • Apple was incorporated today in 1977, by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak

Family Events Today

  • The Roman statesman Marcus Tullius Cicero was born today in 106 BC, he is considered one of Rome’s greatest orators
  • Clement Richard Attlee, who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom after World War 2, was born today in 1883
  • The American actor Mel Gibson, most famous for his roles in Mad Max and Lethal Weapon, was born today in 1956 in New York

Main Event Today

  • After purchasing Alaska from Russia in 1867, it was finally admitted as the 49th state of the United States today in 1959

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day

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