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Today in History

January 3

Events:

1496   Leonardo da Vinci unsuccessfully tests a flying machine.

1777   American general George Washington defeats British general Charles Cornwallis at the Battle of Princeton.

1888   Marvin C. Stone patents the drinking straw.

1924   English explorer Howard Carter discovers the sarcophagus of Tutankhamen in the Valley of the Kings

1957   The Hamilton Watch Company introduces the first electric watch.

1959   Alaska is admitted as the 49th U.S. state.

1983   Tony Dorsett of the Dallas Cowboys makes the longest run from scrimmage in NFL history tying Bob Gage (1949).

Famous Birthdays:

1892   JRR Tolkien (Lord of the Rings Author)

1924   Hank Stram (Sport Broadcaster and football coach)

1926   George Martin (Music Producer for Beatles)

1945   Steven Stills (Singer Songwriter)

1945   Victoria Principal (Actress)

1951   Mel Gibson (Actor and director)

1969   Michael Schumacher (Autoracer)

1981   Eli Manning (NFL Football Quarterback)

Today in History Archive:

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