Sometimes I like to look back and see what happened on a particular day in history. On January 3, 1496, Leonardo da Vinci put his flying machine to the test. In 1521, Martin Luther was excommunicated from the Catholic Church by Pope Leo X. And on this day in 1888, a patent was granted for the drinking straw. So much more information is listed, so if you have time, investigate for yourself here: http://www.on-this-day.com/onthisday/thedays/alldays/jan03.htm.
Oh! And today would’ve been John Ronald Reuel Tolkien’s 121st birthday! Happy Birthday, Professor! So glad you worked at your gift of writing — and shared “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy with us. : )