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Notable Historical Events for January 3rd

1777General George Washington's revolutionary army defeats British forces at Battle of Princeton, NJ

1962Pope John XXIII excommunicates Fidel Castro

1925Benito Mussolini dissolves Italian parliament/becomes dictator

1973George Steinbrenner III buys Yankees from CBS for $12 million

1431Joan of Arc handed over to Bishop Pierre Cauchon

1823Stephen F. Austin receives a grant of land in Texas from the government of Mexico.

1946As a reward for his wartime cooperation, Governor Thomas E. Dewey commutes Charles "Lucky" Luciano's pandering sentence on condition that he does not resist deportation to Italy

1900Gerhart Hauptmann's "Schluck und Jau," premieres in Berlin

1521Martin Luther excommunicated by Pope Leo X from the Roman Catholic Church

2005Craig Ferguson becomes the host of "The Late Late Show" on CBS

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Notable Birthdays on January 3rd

1969Michael Schumacher, Hurth, Germany, Formula One racing driver (seven time world champion)

106 BCCicero, Roman statesman and philosopher (d. 43 BC)

1956Mel Gibson, Peekskill NY, actor (Mad Max, Mrs Soffel, Lethal Weapon)

1939Bobby Hull, Pointe Anne Ontario, Canadian NHL forward (Chicago Blackhawk 1957-72)

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Notable Weddings on January 3rd

1923Politician Hermann Goering (30) weds Carin Hulda (34)

1987Tennis player champ Mats Wilander (22) weds model Sonya Mulholland in South Africa

1783US Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Marshall (27) weds Mary Willis Ambler in Hanover County, Virginia

2004Singer Britney Spears (22) weds childhood pal Jason Allen Alexander in Las Vegas, Nevada

1939MLB catcher Roy Campanella (18) weds Bernice Ray

1986Britain's greatest golfer Nick Faldo (28) weds manager's secretary Gill Bennett

January 3rd Weddings
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Notable Deaths on January 3rd

1967Jack Ruby, assassin who killed assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, dies of pulmonary embolism at 55

1980Joy Adamson, Czech conservationist and author (Born Free), killed by her servant at 69

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