updated 1/3/2007 1:21:28 AM ET 2007-01-03T06:21:28

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 3, the third day of 2007. There are 362 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Jan. 3, 1777, Gen. George Washington’s army routed the British in the Battle of Princeton, N.J.

On this date:
In 1521, Martin Luther was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church by Pope Leo X.

In 1833, Britain seized control of the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic. (Almost 150 years later, Argentina seized the islands from the British, but Britain took them back after a 74-day war.)

In 1868, the Meiji Restoration re-established the authority of Japan’s emperor and heralded the fall of the military rulers known as shoguns.

In 1938, the “March of Dimes” campaign to fight polio was organized.

In 1947, congressional proceedings were televised for the first time as viewers in Washington, Philadelphia and New York got to see some of the opening ceremonies of the 80th Congress.

In 1959, President Eisenhower signed a proclamation admitting Alaska to the Union as the 49th state.

In 1961, the United States severed diplomatic relations with Cuba.

In 1967, Jack Ruby, the man who shot accused presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, died in a Dallas hospital.

In 1990, ousted Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega surrendered to U.S. forces, ten days after taking refuge in the Vatican’s diplomatic mission.

In 1993, President George H.W. Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed a historic nuclear missile-reduction treaty in Moscow.

Ten years ago: President Clinton declared northern Nevada a major disaster area following days of rain that sent rivers over their banks in the Reno and Carson City area. Bryant Gumbel signed off for the last time as host of NBC’s “Today” show.

Five years ago: A three-year federal investigation into the political and personal finances of Sen. Robert Torricelli, D-N.J., ended with no criminal charges. A judge in Alabama ruled that former Ku Klux Klansman Bobby Frank Cherry was mentally competent to stand trial on murder charges in the 1963 Birmingham church bombing that killed four black girls. (Cherry was later convicted, and served a life sentence until his death in November 2004.) Miami beat Nebraska 37-14 in the Rose Bowl.

One year ago: Lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty to providing gifts to officials in exchange for their help; he agreed to cooperate in investigations of corruption in Congress. Iran told the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency it planned to resume nuclear fuel research. Militants broke into the home of an Afghan headmaster and beheaded him in the latest in a spate of attacks blamed on the Taliban that have forced many schools to close.

Today’s Birthdays: Record producer Sir George Martin is 81. Actor Robert Loggia is 77. Actor Dabney Coleman is 75. Journalist-author Betty Rollin is 71. Hockey Hall-of-Famer Bobby Hull is 68. Singer-songwriter-producer Van Dyke Parks is 64. Musician Stephen Stills is 62. Rock musician John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) is 61. Actress Victoria Principal is 57. Actor-director Mel Gibson is 51. Actress Shannon Sturges is 39. Jazz musician James Carter is 38. Contemporary Christian singer Nichole Nordeman is 35. Actor Jason Marsden is 32. Actress Danica McKellar is 32. Actor Nicholas Gonzalez is 31. Singer Kimberley Locke (“American Idol”) is 29. Actor Alex D. Linz is 18.

Thought for Today: “‘I can forgive, but I cannot forget,’ is only another way of saying, ‘I will not forgive.’ Forgiveness ought to be like a canceled note — torn in two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one.” — Henry Ward Beecher, American clergyman (1813-1887).

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