The Columbus Dispatch
Today is Monday, Jan. 3, the third day of 2022. There are 362 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1777: Gen. George Washington’s army routed the British in the Battle of Princeton, New Jersey.
1861: More than two weeks before Georgia seceded from the Union, the state militia seized Fort Pulaski at the order of Gov. Joseph E. Brown. The Delaware House and Senate voted to oppose secession from the Union.
1868: The Meiji Restoration re-established the authority of Japan’s emperor and heralded the fall of the military rulers known as shoguns.
1959: Alaska became the 49th state as President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a proclamation.
1961: President Dwight D. Eisenhower announced the United States was formally terminating diplomatic and consular relations with Cuba.
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, California, 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.
2002: A judge in Alabama ruled that former Ku Klux Klansman Bobby Frank Cherry was mentally competent to stand trial on murder charges in the 1963 Birmingham church bombing that killed four Black girls. (Cherry was later convicted, and served a life sentence until his death in November 2004.)
2007: Gerald R. Ford was laid to rest on the grounds of his presidential museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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.
2020: The United States killed Iran’s top general in an airstrike at Baghdad’s international airport; the Pentagon said Gen. Qassem Soleimani had been “actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members” in Iraq and elsewhere. Iran warned of retaliation.
Actor Dabney Coleman is 90. Singer-songwriter Van Dyke Parks is 79. Singer Stephen Stills is 77. Bassist
John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin is 76. Actor Victoria Principal is 72. Actor
Mel Gibson is 66. Actor
Shannon Sturges (“Port Charles”) is 54. Jazz saxophonist James Carter is 53. Contemporary Christian singer Nichole Nordeman is 50. Musician
Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk is 47. Actor Jason Marsden (“Ally Mcbeal”) is 47. Actor Danica Mckellar (“The Wonder Years”) is 47. Actor Nicholas Gonzalez (“The O.C.”) is 46. Singer and former “American Idol” contestant Kimberley Locke is 44. Actor Kate Levering (“Drop Dead Diva”) is 43. Actor Nicole Beharie (“Sleepy Hollow”) is 37.