Holidays Calendar for January 3, 2016

January 3 is the national holiday in Burkina Faso when everyone celebrates Anniversary of the 1966 coup d'état, or the Revolution Day. There was an alike holiday that had been celebrated since 1992 and till 2000, but it marked another revolution.

January 3 is St. Genevieve Feast Day, who is the patron saint of Paris. Genevieve was canonized by Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches.

January 3 is Memorial Day of the Fallen in the Estonian Liberation War. This is not a holiday but it commemorates the memory of 5,000 Estonian soldiers who died for their country.

January 3 is National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day that is celebrated by millions of people across the USA. If you like chocolate covered cherry candies, then why don't you treat yourself with them on this day?

This Day in History

  • 2014 Died: Saul Zaentz, American producer. He produced an animated version of The Lord of the Rings.
  • 2004 Flash Airlines Flight 604 crashed into the Red Sea. It resulted in 148 deaths that made this accident as the deadliest in the aviation history of Egypt.
  • 1999 The Mars Polar Lander was launched. During the mission the lander didn't reestablish connection with the Earth and remains lost.
  • 1996 Goes on sale the Motorola StarTAC. It was the first flip phone and one of the first cell phones that gained the widespread consumer adoption.
  • 1994 More then 7 million people from the former Apartheid Homelands received South African citizenship.
  • 1979 Died: Conrad Hilton, American businessman, the founder of the Hilton Hotels & Resorts.
  • 1977 Apple Computer was incorporated. It became Apple Inc. in 2007 that reflected the focus of the company towards consumer electronics.
  • 1974 Died: Gino Cervi, Italian actor. He is best known for his role of Guiseppe Botazzi in the Don Camillo movies. Also he played Commissioner Maigret in the Italian version of murder stories.
  • 1969 Born: Michael Schumacher, German race car driver. He is a seven-time Formula One World Champion and one of the greatest drivers of F1 of all the time.
  • 1961 The worst civilian aviation accident in Finland. Aero Flight 311 crashed near Kvevlax that resulted in the death of all 25 passengers aboard.
  • 1957 The first electric watch was introduced by the Hamilton Watch Company. This watch was worn by Elvis Presley who featured it the movie Blue Hawaii.
  • 1956 Born: Mel Gibson, American-Australian actor, producer, director and screenwriter. People magazine named Gibson the sexiest man alive, the first person to be named so.
  • 1956 The top part of the Eiffel Tower was damaged by fire. It took a year to repair it.
  • 1946 Born: John Baldwin, English bass player, songwriter and producer. Best known as a member of Led Zeppelin.
  • 1929 Born: Sergio Leone, Italian director. He is one of the fathers of the "Spaghetti Western" genre.
  • 1926 Born: George Martin, English record producer, composer, conductor, audio engineer and musician. He was involved on each of the Beatles' original albums.
  • 1923 Died: Jaroslav Hašek, Czech writer, satirist, humorist. He's best known for his work The Good Soldier Švejk, the collection of stories about the soldier in World War I.
  • 1919 Born Herbert Nichols, American jazz pianist. He wrote the jazz standard Lady Sings the Bells. Today he is regarded by many critics and musicians.
  • 1903 Died: Alois Hitler, Austrian civil servant. He is the father of Adolf Hitler.
  • 1892 Born: J. R. R. Tolkien, English poet and writer. Everyone knows his best works of the classic high fantasy The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion.
  • 1888 Lick Observatory uses the refracting telescope 91 cm (almost 3 feet) in diameter for the first time. It was the largest telescope at that time.
  • 1887 Born: August Macke, German painter. He was the leader of the German Expressionist group Der Blaue Reiter. Macke's paintings featured lots of avant-garde elements that interested him.
  • 1875 Died: Pierre Larousse, French lexicographer, grammarian and encyclopaedist. Known for his educational and reference works of 19 century France.
  • 1870 The construction of Brooklyn Bridge begins. Today it is one of the oldest hybrid cable-stayed/suspension bridges in the US.
  • 1821 Born: Karel Dežman, Slovenian archaeologist, botanist and politician. He is considered to be the father of modern archeology in Slovenia.
  • 1819 Born: Charles Smyth, Italian astronomer. He is well known for his multiple innovations in astronomy and his paramidological and metrological studies of the Great Pyramid of Giza.
  • 1705 Died: Luca Giordano, Italian painter. His best known works are Venus and Mars, Resurrection, The Rape of Lucretia. Also known for his frescoes in Italian churches (The creation of man, Triumph of the Medici in the clouds of Mount Olympus).
  • 1641 Died: Jeremiah Horrocks, English astronomer. He was the first person who demonstrated that the Moon moved around the Earth in an elliptical orbit. He and his friend William Crabtree observed and recorded the transit of Venus of 1639.
  • 1543 Died: Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, Portuguese explorer. He is noted for his exploration of the west coast of North America.
  • 1437 Died: Catherine of Valois, Queen consort of England from 1420 till 1422.