Today in History – 3 January

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1496, January 3

Leonardo da Vinci unsuccessfully tests a flying machine.

1653, January 3

The Coonan Cross Oath is taken in the Saint Thomas Christian community in an effort to avoid submission to Portuguese rule in India

1777, January 3

General George Washington’s revolutionary army defeats British forces at Battle of Princeton, NJ

1911, January 3

The Government of India announces that emigration to Natal, Southern Africa, is prohibited with effect from 1 July.

1921, January 3

First Indian Parliament meets.

1925, January 3

Benito Mussolini dissolves Italian parliament/becomes dictator


Savitribai Phule, famous social worker, was born at Naigaon in Satara district, Maharashtra.

1947, January 3

Gandhiji toured the riot-affected areas in Bihar from January 3 to January 29.

1977, January 3

Apple Computer, Inc incorporates

2000, January 3

A. B. Vajpayee, Prime Minister, accuses Pakistan of the hijack of an Indian Airlines aircraft. (The crisis ended on Dec. 31 last with the Vajpayee Government agreeing to free three terrorists in exchange for the passengers).


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