January 3 holidays in 2023

Holiday name Holiday location Holiday type
January 3 Bank Holiday Japan Bank Holiday
New Year's Day (Day 3) Armenia National Holiday
Festival of Sleep Day - Unofficial (Health & Body)
National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day - Unofficial (Food & Drinks)
National Drinking Straw Day - Unofficial (Food & Drinks)
National Fruitcake Toss Day - Unofficial (Food & Drinks, Fun & Joy)
Day after New Year's Day New Zealand National Holiday
New Year's Day observed Samoa Public Holiday
Asarah B'Tevet Israel Observance, Hebrew
New Year Holiday Week Russia National Holiday
New Year's (Day 2) Bosnia and Herzegovina Public Holiday
Second Day of New Year's Day Serbia National Holiday
2nd January (substitute day) United Kingdom (Scotland) Local Bank Holiday
Public Holiday (January) observed Botswana Public Holiday
Burkina Faso Popular Uprising Day Burkina Faso Public Holiday
New Year observed Rwanda Public Holiday
Day After New Year's Day observed Rwanda Public Holiday
Women Rock! Day - Unofficial (Art & Entertainment)
International Mind-Body Wellness Day - Unofficial (Health & Body)
Humiliation Day - Unofficial (Culture & History)

Historical Events on January 3

  • 1777: British General Lord Cornwallis is beaten by American General George Washinton at the Battle of Princeton.
  • 1815: To defend themselves against Russia and Prussia, Austria, the U.K and France form a secret alliance.
  • 1823: Mexico grants Stephen Austin a land grant in Texas.
  • 1861: Delaware votes against secession from the U.S.
  • 1870: Brooklyn Bridge’s construction begins on this day.
  • 1925: Benito Mussolini declares himself dictator of Italy.
  • 1938:S President Franklin D. Roosevelt establishes the March of Dimes.
  • 1944: Japanese Captain Masajiro Kawato and his Mitsubishi A6M Zero shoots down U.S Major Greg Boyington in his Vought F4U Corsair fighter.
  • 1945: In preparation of the planned assaults that are to be undertaken against Okinawa and Iwo Jima, U.S Admiral Chester W. Nimitz is placed in charge of all United States’ Naval Forces.
  • 1947: For the first time in history, a session of the United States Congress is televised.
  • 1956: The top portion of France’s Eiffel Tower is damaged by fire.
  • 1959: Alaska becomes the 49th State of the United States.
  • 1999: NASA launches the Mars Polar Lander.
  • 2000: The very last daily Peanuts comic strip is published on this day.

Famous Birthdays on January 3

  • English writer and poet, J.R.R. Tolkien is born in 1892.
  • American actress ZaSu Pitts is born in 1894.
  • American actress and comedian, Marion Davies is born in 1897.
  • American actress Anna May Wong is born in 1905.
  • Welsh-American actor Ray Milland is born in 1907.
  • American singer Maxene Andrews is born in 1916.
  • American-English poet and writer Anne Stevenson is born in 1933.
  • American director and screenwriter Glen A. Larson is born in 1937.
  • Canadian NHL player Bobby Hull is born in 1939.
  • American-Australian actor, director, screenwriter and producer, Mel Gibson is born in 1956.
  • American screenwriter Dan Harmon is born in 1973.
  • American baseball player A.J. Burnett is born in 1977.
  • American football player David Tyree is born in 1980.

Maundy Thursday

Good Friday

Easter Monday

Mother’s Day

Father’s Day

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