3rd January

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2004 NASA - Mars Rover lands on Mars NASA's Mars rover, Spirit, touches down on Mars.
2000 Paul Cezanne painting stolen in Oxford Police say the Paul Cezanne painting taken from the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford on New Year's Eve was probably stolen to order.
2000 Peanuts - The End The last new "Peanuts" comic strip by Charles Schulz runs in 2,600 newspapers.
1999 NASA - Mars Polar Lander NASA launches the Mars Polar lander
1993 US and Russia reduce nuclear warheads US President George H Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin sign the Start II arms reduction treaty in Moscow.
1991 Gulf War - Iraqi diplomats expelled The UK Foreign Office is expelling eight Iraqi embassy officials from the UK following threats of attacks on Western targets.
1980 Joy Adamson dies Conservationist Joy Adamson, author of "Born Free" was killed in Kenya by a servant.
1977 Roy Jenkins to become President of the EC Former Home Secretary Roy Jenkins announces he is leaving Westminster politics to become Britain's first President of the European Commission.
1972 The Troubles - Department store bomb An IRA bomb in a department store in Belfast injures 55 women and children
1967 Jack Ruby dies Jack Ruby, the man who shot the accused presidential assassin of John F Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald, dies of a blood clot in the lung in a Dallas hospital
1962 Fidel Castro excommunicated Pope John XXIII excommunicates Fidel Castro
1959 Alaska Alaska is admitted as the 49th US state
1956 Mel Gibson born Mel Gibson is born
1950 Victoria Principal is born Victoria Principal is born
1946 William Joyce is hanged for treason World War 2 Nazi propaganda broadcaster William Joyce is hanged for treason.
1945 Stephen Stills born Stephen Stills, rock musician of Crosby, Stills, Nash fame, is born
1926 George Martin is born Beatles producer George Martin is born
1892 JRR Tolkien born JRR Tolkien, author of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, is born in Bloemfontein, South Africa.
1888 Drinking straw patented Marvin C Stone patents the drinking straw
1883 Clement Attlee born Clement Attlee, British prime minister from 1945 to 1951, is born
1833 Britain siezes Falkland Islands Britain seizes control of the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic.
1823 Robert Whitehead born Robert Whitehead, British engineer, inventor of the modern torpedo, is born
1521 Martin Luther excommunicated Martin Luther is excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church.
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On This Day - 3rd January