Today in History- 3rd January
1431 Joan of Arc is handed over to Bishop Pierre Cauchon.
1777 American General George Washington defeats British General Lord Cornwallis at the Battle of Princeton.
1833 Britain seized control of the Falkland Islands.
1925 Benito Mussolini begins his dictatorial powers over Italy.
1958 The West Indies Federation is formed.
1958 Sir Edmund Hillary reached the South Pole overland.
1959 Alaska became the 49th state in the United States.
1993 US President George Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin sign the Start II arms reduction treaty in Moscow.
The Mars Polar Lander is launched.