January 3rd

1996
1st clamshell flip mobile phone, the Motorola StarTAC, goes on sale. Eventually 60 million are sold.
Motorola StarTAC
1994
Millions of people from the former Apartheid Homelands gain South African citizenship. The apartheid regime had stripped the black inhabitants of the right to citizenship to ensure a white majority of the de jure population.
Bantustan
1993
The second Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START II) is signed. The U.S.A. and Russia agreed to reduce the number of nuclear warheads by about 3,000.
START II
1990
Manuel Noriega surrendered to U.S. forces.
Manuel Noriega
1987
Aretha Franklin became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Aretha Franklin
1985
Israel government confirms resettlement of 10,000 Ethiopian Jews.
Ethiopian Jews in Israel
1977
Apple Computer, Inc incorporates.
Apple Inc.
1967
Jack Ruby, the man who shot John Kennedy's assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, died.
Jack Ruby
1962
Pope John XXIII excommunicated Fidel Castro.
Religious views of Fidel Castro
1961
The United States breaks diplomatic relations with Cuba. In April 1961, the U.S. government launched an unsuccessful attempt to overthrow the Cuban government by invading the country at the bay of pigs.
Cuba–United States relations
1959
Alaska becomes the 49th U.S. state. The territory had been bought from Russia in 1867 for a mere $7.2 million.
Alaska
1958
Sir Edmund Hillary reached the South Pole overland.
Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition
1957
The first electric watch is available. The Hamilton Electric 500 came in “modern” asymmetrical designs to reflect the revolutionary technology.
Electric watch
1947
Congressional proceedings were televised for the first time.
1947 in television
1925
Benito Mussolini dissolves Italian parliament/becomes dictator.
Benito Mussolini
1920
The New York Yankees acquired Babe Ruth and so began the 'curse of the Bambino' that haunted the Boston Red Sox until 2004.
Curse of the Bambino
1870
Construction of the Brooklyn Bridge began.
Brooklyn Bridge
1833
Britain seized control of the Falkland Islands.
Falkland Islands sovereignty dispute
1777
General George Washington's revolutionary army defeats British forces at Battle of Princeton, NJ.
Battle of Princeton
1521
Martin Luther excommunicated by Pope Leo X from the Roman Catholic Church.
Pope Leo X
1496
Leonardo da Vinci unsuccessfully tests a flying machine.
Talk:Science and inventions of Leonardo da Vinci