Today is Sunday, Jan. 3, the third day of 2016. There are 363 days left in the year.
Today’s birthdays: Record producer Sir George Martin is 90. Actor Dabney Coleman is 84. Journalist-author Betty Rollin is 80. Hockey Hall-of-Famer Bobby Hull is 77. Singer-songwriter-producer Van Dyke Parks is 73. Musician Stephen Stills is 71. Rock musician John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) is 70. Actress Victoria Principal is 66. Actor-director Mel Gibson is 60. Actress Shannon Sturges is 48. Actor John Ales is 47. Jazz musician James Carter is 47. Contemporary Christian singer Nichole Nordeman is 44. Musician Thomas Bangalter (Daft Punk) is 41. Actor Jason Marsden is 41. Actress Danica McKellar is 41. Actor Nicholas Gonzalez is 40. Singer Kimberley Locke (“American Idol”) is 38. Actress Kate Levering is 37. NFL quarterback Eli Manning is 35. Actress Nicole Beharie (TV: ‘‘Sleepy Hollow’’ Film: ‘‘42”) is 31. Pop musician Mark Pontius (Foster the People) is 31. Rhythm-and-blues singer Lloyd is 30. Pop-rock musician Nash Overstreet (Hot Chelle Rae) is 30. Actor Alex D. Linz is 27.
In 1521, Martin Luther was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church by Pope Leo X.
In 1777, General George Washington’s army routed the British in the Battle of Princeton, N.J.
In 1870, groundbreaking took place for the Brooklyn Bridge.
In 1911, the first postal savings banks were opened by the US Post Office. (The banks were abolished in 1966.)
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.
In 1946, William Joyce, the pro-Nazi radio propagandist known as Lord Haw-Haw, was hanged at Wandsworth Prison in London for high treason.
In 1949, in a pair of rulings, the Supreme Court said that states had the right to ban closed shops.
In 1959, Alaska became the 49th state as President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a proclamation.
In 1967, Jack Ruby, the man who shot and killed accused presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, died in a Dallas hospital.
In 1977, Apple Computer was incorporated in Cupertino, Calif., by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Mike Makkula Jr.
In 1980, conservationist Joy Adamson, author of ‘‘Born Free,’’ was killed in northern Kenya by a former employee.
In 1990, ousted Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega surrendered to US forces, 10 days after taking refuge in the Vatican’s diplomatic mission.
In 2000, the last new daily ‘‘Peanuts’’ strip by Charles Schulz ran in 2,600 newspapers.
In 2006, Lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty to providing gifts to officials in exchange for their help; he agreed to cooperate in investigations of corruption in Congress. Iran told the UN nuclear watchdog agency it planned to resume nuclear fuel research.
In 2011, Democrat Jerry Brown was sworn in as California’s governor, returning to the office he’d left 28 years earlier.
In 2015, Boko Haram extremists kidnapped about 40 boys and young men and killed scores of soldiers in northern Nigeria. Former US Senator Edward W. Brooke, a liberal Republican from Massachusetts who became the first black person in US history to win popular election to the Senate, died in Coral Gables, Fla., at age 95.