Today in History - October 3rd

  • 2333 BC - In this day in history, Modern-day Korea was founded by Dangun Wanggeom during the reign of the Chinese Emperor Yao.
  • 1283 - Dafydd AP Gruffydd, Prince of Gwynedd in Wales, became the first person executed by being hanged, drawn and quartered.
  • 1430 - Today in history, Jews were expelled from Eger Bohemia - one of many exoduses imposed on the Jews since the start of the chronicles of man.
  • 1778 - Captain Cook anchored at Alaska -also responsible for the discovery and exploration of Pacific Islands, including the Hawaiian archipelago.
  • 1789 - Today in history, Washington proclaimed the first national Thanksgiving Day on Nov 26.
  • 1849 - American author Edgar Allan Poe was found delirious in a gutter in Baltimore, Maryland, under shadowy circumstances; this was the last time that he was seen in public.
  • 1863 - In this day in history, Lincoln designated the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.
  • 1913 - Federal Income Tax was signed into law (at 1%) - a preview of coming events.
  • 1922 - Today in history, Rebecca Felton of Georgia became the first woman in the U.S. Senate.
  • 1941 - All elderly Jewish men of Kerenchug, Ukraine were killed by Nazi Germany's SS.
  • 1945 - In this day in history, The Federation of Trade Unions was formed.
  • 1968 - USA performed nuclear test at Nevada Test Site - ahead of the Soviets, at last.
  • 1972 - Today in history, USSR performed nuclear test, following the USA's own efforts.
  • 1974 - Ted Bundy victim Nancy Wilcox disappeared in Salt Lake City, Utah. The first of several who would render Mr. Bundy a notorious killer, feared by many.
  • 1974 - In this day in history, the Watergate trial began. Just prior, President Nixon had told us on national TV that he was not a crook.
  • 1985 - The 21st Shuttle Mission (51J)-Atlantis 1-all-military flight launched.
  • 1987 - Today in history, the USSR performed an underground nuclear test, ahead of the USA.
  • 1990 - Finally, East Germany & West Germany merged to become Germany, in this day in history.
  • 2008 - Today in history, the $700 billion bailout bill for the US financial system was signed by President George W. Bush.

CULTURE, LIFESTYLE - Today in History, October 3rd

  • 1872 - Today in history, Bloomingdale's department store opened in NY, to be followed by many more Bloomies in fine suburban malls everywhere.
  • 1945 - Elvis Presley made his first public appearance at the tender age of 10.
  • 1954 - In this day in history, "Father Knows Best" premiered. Shows of this type were to become iconic in the television landscape.
  • 1955 - "Captain Kangaroo" premiered on CBS-TV, "Good Morning, Captain!"; "Mickey Mouse Club" also premiered.
  • 1960 - Today in history, San Francisco's White House Department Store became the first to accept BankAmericard. And the slippery road to credit began!
  • 1961 - "Dick Van Dyke Show" premiered on CBS-TV; "Mr. Ed" also debuted. Sit-coms and talking horses added a new dimension to the changing television arena, in this day in history.
  • 1992 - Madonna premiered her "Erotica" video on MTV.  Along with her book "Sex," Madonna's work became a glaring support for the legend "SEX SELLS."
  • 1995 - Today in history, footballer and actor O.J. Simpson was found not-guilty in the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Simpson & friend Ron Goldman.

SCIENCE, INVENTIONS - Today in History, October 3rd

  • 1899 - In this day in history, J. S. Thurman patented the motor-driven vacuum cleaner, to be found in nearly every home in America today.
  • 1906 - "SOS"was adopted as a warning signal by The First Conference on Wireless Telegraphy.
  • 1922 - Today in history, the first facsimile photo was sent over city telephone lines in Washington, DC.
  • 1947 - The first telescope lens 200" (508 cm) in diameter was successfully completed.
  • 1952 - In this day in history, the first video recording on magnetic tape was produced in Los Angeles, CA.

SPORTS - Today in History, October 3rd

  • 1919 - Today in history, the Red's Adolfo Luque was the first Latin-American player to appear in a World Series.
  • 1936 - NY Yankees set new attendance record of 64,842 persons in the 3rd game of The World Series.
  • 1965 - In this day in history, Kathy Whitworth won LPGA's Mickey Wright Golf Invitational, advancing the cause of women everywhere.
  • 1970 - Baseball umpires called their first strike.
  • 1971 - Today in history, Billie Jean King became the first female athlete to win $100,000. Once again, she raised the earnings of women worldwide while playing an incredible game of tennis!
  • 1982 - A record 11,763 men and women started a 186-mile, cross-country race near Stockholm, today in history.


  • 1941 - Chubby Checker [Ernest Evans], Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, American singer-songwriter (The Twist, Limbo Rock) entered planet music to influence a whole tribe to come.
  • 1949 - Today in history, Lindsey Buckingham was born in Palo Alto, California, to become one of the greatest American guitarists/lead singers (Fleetwood Mac).
  • 1954 - Al Sharpton [Alfred Charles], was born in Brooklyn, New York, to become a leading minister and civil rights activist (Keepin' It Real).
  • 1969 - In this day in history, Gwen Stefani entered a new dimension in Fullerton, California, to develop into a great singer later on in life (No Doubt).
  • 1962 - Tommy Lee, American musician (Mötley Crüe). Today in history, we saw the birth of a legend.
  • 1973 - In this day in history, Neve Campbell delivered her first improv of many to come as an actress (Party of 5, Scream).
  • 1984 - Ashlee Simpson, American singer, was born.