3rd January

The events happened on 3rd January are :

1521 : Martin Luther excommunicated by pope : On this day in 1521, Pope Leo X issued the papal bull Decet Romanum Pontificem, excommunicating Martin Luther, the German priest whose questioning of certain Roman Catholic practices initiated the Protestant Reformation.

2001 : Hillary Rodham Clinton was sworn in as a U.S. senator from New York, having become the first first lady in U.S. history to win elective office.

1939 : Canadian professional ice hockey player Bobby Hull, the “Golden Jet,” was born.

1929 : Italian motion-picture director Sergio Leone, known primarily for his popularization of the “spaghetti western,” was born.

1883 : Clement Attlee, British Labour Party leader (1935–55) and prime minister (1945–51), was born.

1777 : The Battle of Princeton (New Jersey) was fought during the American Revolution.

1543 : Spanish soldier and explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, the ‘‘discoverer” of California, died.

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