This day in history

This day in history

Today is Thursday, Jan. 3, the third day of 2013. There are 362 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Record producer Sir George Martin is 87. Actor Robert Loggia is 83. Actor Dabney Coleman is 81. Hockey Hall-of-Famer Bobby Hull is 74. Musician Stephen Stills is 68. Rock musician John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) is 67. Actress Victoria Principal is 63. Actor-director Mel Gibson is 57. Jazz musician James Carter is 44. Actress Danica McKellar is 38.

In 1521, Martin Luther was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church by Pope Leo X.

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In 1777, General George Washington’s army routed the British in the Battle of Princeton, N.J.

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In 1868, the Meiji Restoration re-established the authority of Japan’s emperor.

In 1938, the March of Dimes campaign to fight polio was established by President Roosevelt.

In 1959, Alaska became the 49th state as President Eisenhower signed a proclamation.

In 1961, President Eisenhower announced the United States was formally terminating diplomatic and consular relations with Cuba.

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In 1967, Jack Ruby, the man who shot and killed accused presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, died in a Dallas hospital.