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History for January 3:
1521 - Martin Luther excommunicated by Roman Catholic Church.
1777 - Washington defeats British at Princeton, NJ.
1852 - First Chinese arrive in Hawaii.
1870 - Brooklyn Bridge begun, completed on May 24, 1883
1888 - First drinking straw is patented by M.C. Stone in Washington, DC
1912 - Southern Pacific RR offers to bring the Liberty Bell to the Exposition without charge.
1920 - NY Yankees purchase Babe Ruth from the Red Sox.
1921 - Turkey makes peace with Armenia.
1929 - 27 year old William S. Paley becomes president of CBS.
1941 - Canada and the US acquire air bases in Newfoundland (99 yr lease)
1943 - Canadian Army troops arrive in North Africa.
1943 - First missing persons telecast, NY city.
1946 - William Joyce (Lord Haw Haw) hanged in Britain, for treason.
1957 - First electric watch introduced, Lancaster Pa
1958 - Sir Edmund Hillary reached South Pole overland.
1959 - Alaska becomes the 49th state.
1973 - George Steinbrenner III buys the Yankees from CBS for $12 million.
1977 - Apple Computer incorporated.
1793 - Lucretia Coffin Mott, Woman's right leader
1840 - Father Damien, helped the lepers in Hawaii.
1883 - Earl Clement Attlee, British statesman
1892 - J.R.R. Tolkien, the REAL Lord of the Rings.
1908 - Ray Milland, Actor
1909 - Victor Borge, pianist.
1916 - Betty Furness in New York City
1918 - Maxine Andrews of the singing Andrews Sisters.
1928 - Jeanne Moreau in Paris France.
1939 - Bobby Hull, hockey player
1947 - Melanie (Safka) in Astoria Queens
1950 - Victoria Principal, Actress