To­day in his­tory

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To­day is Fri­day, Jan. 3, the third day of 2020. There are 363 days left in the year. On this date in his­tory On Jan. 3, 1961, Pres­i­dent Dwight D. Eisen­hower an­nounced the United States was for­mally ter­mi­nat­ing diplo­matic and con­sular re­la­tions with Cuba.

1777 — Gen. George Wash­ing­ton’s army routed the Bri­tish in the Bat­tle of Prince­ton, New Jer­sey.

1833 — Bri­tain seized con­trol of the Falk­land Is­lands in the South At­lantic. (Al­most 150 years later, Ar­gentina seized the is­lands from the Bri­tish, but Bri­tain took them back after a 74-day war.)

1868 — Ja­pan’s Meiji Restora­tion re-es­tab­lished the author­ity of the em­peror and her­alded the fall of the mil­i­tary rulers known as shoguns; the up­heaval paved the way for Ja­pan’s drive toward be­com­ing a mod­ern power.

1892 — J.R.R. Tolkien, au­thor of the “Lord of the Rings” tril­ogy, was born in Bloem­fontein, South Africa.

1938 — The March of Dimes cam­paign to fight po­lio was es­tab­lished by Pres­i­dent Franklin D. Roo­sevelt, who him­self had been af­flicted with the crip­pling dis­ease.

1959 — Alaska be­came the 49th state as Pres­i­dent Dwight D. Eisen­hower signed a procla­ma­tion.

1967 — Jack Ruby, the man who shot and killed Lee Har­vey Oswald, the ac­cused as­sas­sin of Pres­i­dent John F. Kennedy, died in a Dallas hos­pi­tal.

1977 — Ap­ple Com­puter was in­cor­po­rated in Cu­per­tino by Steve Jobs, Steve Woz­niak and Mike Markkula Jr.

1990 — Ousted Pana­ma­nian leader Manuel Nor­iega sur­ren­dered to U.S. forces, 10 days after tak­ing refuge in the Vat­i­can’s diplo­matic mis­sion.

2000 — The last new daily “Peanuts” strip by Charles Schulz ran in 2,600 news­pa­pers.

2008 — Illi­nois Sen. Barack Obama won Demo­cratic cau­cuses in Iowa, while Mike Huck­abee won the Repub­li­can cau­cuses.

2013 — Stu­dents from Sandy Hook El­e­men­tary School in New­town, Con­necti­cut, re­con­vened at a dif­fer­ent build­ing in the town of Monroe about three weeks after the mas­sacre that had claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and six ed­u­ca­tors. The new 113th Congress opened for busi­ness, with House Speaker John Boehner re-elected to his post de­spite a mini-re­volt in Repub­li­can ranks.

Ten years ago — The U.S. closed its em­bassy in Ye­men, cit­ing on­go­ing threats by the al-Qaida branch linked to the failed Christ­mas Day bomb­ing at­tempt of a U.S. air­liner headed to Detroit; Bri­tain also shut­tered its em­bassy. A Rut­gers Univer­sity doc­toral stu­dent breached se­cu­rity at Ne­wark Lib­erty Air­port to kiss his girl­friend good­bye, prompt­ing a six-hour shut­down. (Haisong Jiang later pleaded guilty to a mis­de­meanor, and was fined.)

Five years ago — Boko Haram ex­trem­ists kid­napped about 40 boys and young men and killed scores of sol­diers in a bold at­tack on a multi­na­tional mil­i­tary base in north­ern Nige­ria. For­mer U.S. Sen. Ed­ward W. Brooke, a lib­eral Repub­li­can who be­came the first black per­son in U.S. his­tory to win pop­u­lar elec­tion to the Se­nate, died in Co­ral Gables, Florida, at age 95.

One year ago — China’s space pro­gram achieved a lu­nar mile­stone by land­ing a probe on the mys­te­ri­ous “dark” side of the moon; a side that had been ob­served many times from lu­nar or­bit but never up close. On their first day in the House ma­jor­ity, Democrats passed a plan to re­open the gov­ern­ment with­out fund­ing Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s bor­der wall. Saudi Ara­bia said it would seek the death penalty against five sus­pects in the slay­ing of Wash­ing­ton Post columnist Ja­mal Khashoggi. Seven peo­ple, in­clud­ing five Louisiana chil­dren in a church van who had been headed for Dis­ney World, were killed in a fiery crash on In­ter­state 75 in Florida.

To­day’s birth­days Ac­tor Dab­ney Cole­man is

88. Jour­nal­ist-au­thor Betty Rollin is 84. Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Hull is 81. Singer-song­writer-pro­ducer Van Dyke Parks is 77. Mu­si­cian Stephen Stills is 75. Rock mu­si­cian John Paul Jones (Led Zep­pelin) is 74. Ac­tress Vic­to­ria Prin­ci­pal is

70. Ac­tor-di­rec­tor Mel Gib­son is 64. Ac­tress Shannon Sturges is 52. Ac­tor John Ales is 51. Jazz mu­si­cian James Carter is 51. Con­tem­po­rary Chris­tian singer Ni­c­hole Norde­man is 48. Mu­si­cian Thomas Ban­gal­ter (Daft Punk) is

45. Ac­tor Ja­son Marsden is

45. Ac­tress Dan­ica McKel­lar is 45. Ac­tor Ni­cholas Gon­za­lez is 44. Singer Kim­ber­ley Locke (TV: “Amer­i­can Idol”) is 42. Ac­tress Kate Lev­er­ing is 41. NFL quar­ter­back Eli Man­ning is 39. Ac­tress Ni­cole Be­harie is 35. Pop mu­si­cian Mark Pon­tius (Foster the Peo­ple) is 35. Rhythm-and­blues singer Lloyd is 34. Po­prock mu­si­cian Nash Over­street (Hot Chelle Rae) is 34. Ac­tor Alex D. Linz is 31.

Thought for to­day “Not all who wan­der are lost.” — J.R.R. Tolkien, English au­thor (born this date in 1892, died in 1973).

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