spotlight Today in history: Jan. 3 Jan 3, 2020 Jan 3, 2020 Facebook Twitter WhatsApp SMS Email Print Save Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1777: Battle Of Princeton In 1777, Gen. George Washington's army routed the British in the Battle of Princeton, New Jersey. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1892: J.R.R. Tolkien In 1892, J.R.R. Tolkien, author of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, was born in Bloemfontein (BLOOM'-fahn-tayn), South Africa. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1938: March Of Dimes In 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. AP 1959: Alaska In 1959, Alaska became the 49th state as President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a proclamation. Harvey Georges 1961: Eisenhower Cuba On Jan. 3, 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower announced the United States was formally terminating diplomatic and consular relations with Cuba. STF 1967: Jack Ruby In 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. AP 1977: Apple Computer In 1977, Apple Computer was incorporated in Cupertino, California, by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Mike Markkula (MAHR’-kuh-luh) Jr. David Tenenbaum 1990: Manuel Noriega In 1990, ousted Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega surrendered to U.S. forces, 10 days after taking refuge in the Vatican's diplomatic mission. Steven Aumand 2000: Charles Schulz In 2000, the last new daily "Peanuts" strip by Charles Schulz ran in 26-hundred newspapers. BEN MARGOT 2008: Barack Obama In 2008, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama won Democratic caucuses in Iowa, while Mike Huckabee won the Republican caucuses. M. Spencer Green 2010: Newark Liberty Airport Ten years ago: A Rutgers University doctoral student breached security at Newark Liberty Airport to kiss his girlfriend goodbye, prompting a six-hour shutdown. (Haisong Jiang (hy-song gee-ong) later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor, and was fined.) Rich Schultz 2010: U.S. embassy Yemen 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. Nasser Nasser 2013: 113th Congress In 2013, the new 113th Congress opened for business, with House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) re-elected to his post despite a mini-revolt in Republican ranks. J. Scott Applewhite 2013: Sandy Hook In 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. Jessica Hill 2015: Boko Haram Five years ago: Boko Haram (BOH'-koh hah-RAHM') 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. Thibault Camus 2015: Edward W. Brooke Five years ago: 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. Charles Tasnadi 2019: China “dark” side of the moon 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. Elaine Thompson 2019: Fatal Crash Florida One year ago: 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. Rebecca Santana 2019: Government Shutdown One year ago: On their first day in the House majority, Democrats passed a plan to reopen the government without funding President Donald Trump’s border wall. J. Scott Applewhite 2019: Saudi Arabia One year ago: Saudi Arabia said it would seek the death penalty against five suspects in the slaying of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi (jah-MAHL' khahr-SHOHK'-jee). J. Scott Applewhite Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps History Facebook Twitter WhatsApp SMS Email Print Save Load comments Recommended View All Promotions promotion We can deliver obituaries to your email. Sign up here. promotion spotlight AP What type of Halloween candy are you? More Latest Local Offers Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate Looking to Buy or Sell a Home?