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TODAY IN HISTORY

January 3, 2017 GMT

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 3, the third day of 2017. There are 362 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History

On Jan. 3, 1967, Jack Ruby, the man who shot and killed Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy, died in a Dallas hospital.

On this date

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

1777— Gen. George Washington’s army routed the British in the Battle of Princeton, New Jersey.

1870— Groundbreaking took place for the Brooklyn Bridge.

1892— J.R.R. Tolkien, author of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

1911— The first postal savings banks were opened by the U.S. Post Office. (The banks were abolished in 1966.)

1938— The March of Dimes campaign to fight polio was established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who himself had been afflicted with the crippling disease.

1946— William Joyce, the pro-Nazi radio propagandist known as "Lord Haw-Haw," was hanged at Wandsworth Prison in London for high treason.

1947— Congressional proceedings were televised for the first time as viewers in Washington, Philadelphia and New York got to see some of the opening ceremonies of the 80th Congress.

1959— Alaska became the 49th state as President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a proclamation.

1977— Apple Computer was incorporated in Cupertino, California, by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Mike Makkula Jr.

1980— Conservationist Joy Adamson, author of "Born Free," was killed in northern Kenya by a former employee.

1997— Bryant Gumbel signed off for the last time as host of NBC’s "Today" show.

Thought for today

‘If people never did silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done.’

Ludwig Wittgenstein

Austrian philosopher

(1889-1951)

One year ago

Republican presidential contender Donald Trump brushed off an African militant group’s video that showed him calling for Muslims to be banned from coming to the U.S., telling the Sunday news shows he wouldn’t be dissuaded from saying what he thought.

Today’s Birthdays

Actor Dabney Coleman is 85. Journalist-author Betty Rollin is 81. Hockey Hall-of-Famer Bobby Hull is 78. Singer-songwriter-producer Van Dyke Parks is 74. Musician Stephen Stills is 72. Rock musician John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) is 71. Actress Victoria Principal is 67. Actor-director Mel Gibson is 61. Actress Shannon Sturges is 49. Actor John Ales is 48. Jazz musician James Carter is 48. Contemporary Christian singer Nichole Nordeman is 45. Musician Thomas Bangalter (Daft Punk) is 42. Actress Kate Levering is 38. NFL quarterback Eli Manning is 36. Actress Nicole Beharie is 32. Pop musician Mark Pontius (Foster the People) is 32. Rhythm-and-blues singer Lloyd (single name correct) is 31. University of West Georgia sophomore Shameiraka Neal of Cedartown is 20.