Savitribai Phule
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This Day in History on 3 January

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including that of the IAS Exam.

On this page, we will list all historical events that have occurred on 3 January. The students can refer them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days



Important Events

1956 – A fire damages the top part of the Eiffel Tower.

1977 – Apple Computer is incorporated.


1990 – United States invasion of Panama: Manuel Noriega, former leader of Panama, surrenders to American forces.

1999 – The Mars Polar Lander is launched by NASA.



2016 – Following the fallout caused by the execution of Nimr al-Nimr, Iran ends its diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia.


2018 – Computer analysts report two major security vulnerabilities, named “Meltdown” and “Spectre,” affecting the microprocessors of almost all computers in the world.


2019 – Chang’e 4 makes the first soft landing on the far side of the Moon, deploying the Yutu-2 lunar rover.


2020 – Iranian General Qasem Soleimani is killed by an American airstrike near Baghdad International Airpor



Birth/Birth Anniversary

1611 – James Harrington, English political theorist (d. 1677)
1722 – Fredrik Hasselqvist, Swedish biologist and explorer (d. 1752)
1760 – Veerapandiya Kattabomman, Indian ruler (d. 1799)1831 – Savitribai Phule, Indian poet, educator, and activist (d. 1897)
1921 – Chetan Anand, Indian director and screenwriter (d. 1997)
1928 – Abdul Rahman Ya’kub, Malaysian lawyer and politician, 3rd Chief Minister of Sarawak (d. 2015)

1966 – Chetan Sharma, Indian cricketer




Death/Death Anniversary

1641 – Jeremiah Horrocks, English astronomer and mathematician (b. 1618)

1972 – Mohan Rakesh, Indian author and playwright (b. 1925)

1992 – Judith Anderson, British actress (b. 1897)

2002 – Satish Dhawan, Indian engineer (b. 1920)

2009 – Pat Hingle, American actor (b. 1923)
2013 – Sergiu Nicolaescu, Romanian actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1930)
2014 – Phil Everly, American singer and guitarist (b. 1939)
2014 – George Goodman, American economist and author (b. 1930)
2014 – Saul Zaentz, American film producer (b. 1921)
2015 – Martin Anderson, American economist and academic (b. 1936)
2015 – Edward Brooke, American captain and politician, 47th Massachusetts Attorney General (b. 1919)
2016 – Paul Bley, Canadian-American pianist and composer (b. 1932)
2016 – Peter Naur, Danish computer scientist, astronomer, and academic (b. 1928)

28.08.2015 Heidelberg, Germany, 3rd Heidelberg Laureate Forum 3. Heidelberger Laureaten Forum Picture/Credit: Christian Flemming/HLF


2016 – Bill Plager, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1945)




2016 – Igor Sergun, Russian general and diplomat (b. 1957)
2017 – H. S. Mahadeva Prasad, Indian politician (b. 1958)

2018 – Colin Brumby, Australian composer (b. 1933)


2019 – Herb Kelleher, American businessman, co-founder of Southwest Airlines (b. 1931)



2020 – Qasem Soleimani, Iranian major general, commander of the Iranian Quds Force (b. 1957)

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