3 January It Happened Today
1777 George Washington defeats the British at Princeton.
1892 Birth of South African born novelist J.R.R. Tolkien.
1918 Ernest Rutherford announces that he has split the atom.
1946 William Joyce, who became known as the Nazi propagandist Lord Haw Haw during WWII was hanged for treason.
1956 Birth of American actor Mel Gibson.
1959 Alaska becomes the 49th state of the USA.