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JANUARY 3

1823 Robert Whitehead (English Inventor of a Self-propelled Underwater Torpedo) Robert Whitehead Inventors & Inventions Submarines
1840 Father Damien (Belgian Missionary to Hawaiian lepers) Father Damien Hawaii Leprosy
1886 Grigory Nikolaevich Neujmin (Russian Astronomer) Grigory Nikolaevich Neujmin Astronomy
1898 T. Claude Ryan (Kansas-born Aviation Expert: Built the Spirit of St. Louis for Charles Lindbergh) T. Claude Ryan Inventors & Inventions Charles Lindbergh
1906 William Wilson Morgan (Tennessee-born Astronomer) William Wilson Morgan Astronomy
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1831 "The Waverly", the First Steamboat on Arkansas' White River, Arrives in Batesville Batesville, Arkansas Steamboats Historic Firsts Arkansas History Commission
1856 The First Train From Chicago Enters Iowa City Chicago, Illinois Iowa City, Iowa Railroad Historic Firsts State Historical Society of Iowa
1888 Marvin Stone Patents the Paraffin-covered Paper Drinking Straw Patents and Trademarks Inventors & Inventions Foods & Nutrition Technology and Society
1900 Frederick Weyerhaeuser Purchases 900,000 Acres of Washington State Timberlands Washington Trees Business Weyerhaeuser History Link
1911 8.2 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 450 in Central Asia Earthquakes Death USGS
1924 Explorer Howard Carter Discovers King Tutankhamen's Sarcophagus in Egypt Howard Carter Egypt King Tut's Tomb Archaeology History Channel
1938 U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt Establishes March of Dimes to Fight Polio March of Dimes President Franklin Roosevelt Polio Historic Firsts New York Times
1967 U.S. Patent Awarded for Solar Heating and Cooling a House Solar Energy Patents & Trademark Inventors & Inventions USPTO
1986 NASA Researchers Use Voyager 2 Data to Discover Uranus Moons Juliet and Portia Uranus NASA USGS
1993 President Bush and Russian President Yeltsin Sign Missile Treaty in Moscow Boris Yeltsin President George Bush Arms Control Historic World Documents BBC
1999 NASA Launches Two Probes to Test the Sub-surface Properties of Mars Space Exploration Mars NASA
NASA Launches Polar Lander to Test for Long-term Climate Changes on Mars Space Exploration Mars NASA

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