October 3rd in History

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October 3 is the 276th day of the year (277th in leap years). There are 89 days remaining until the end of the year. (Image: The Mickey Mouse Club® logo.)

Today in History

  • Vercingetorix surrenders to Julius Caesar following the Siege of Alesia (52 BCE)
  • Mark Anthony and Octavian defeat Brutus and Cassius at the Battle of Philippi (42 BCE)
  • George Washington declares the first official Thanksgiving Day in the United States (1789 CE)
  • The Bloomingdale brothers open their first store (1872 CE)
  • The first successful launch of a V-2 rocket results in the first man-made object to reach space (1942 CE)
  • The “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” gives the National League pennant to the New York Giants (1951 CE)
  • The Mickey Mouse Club first airs (1955 CE)
  • The Dick Van Dyke Show premiers (1961 CE)
  • Project Mercury’s Sigma 7 sends Wally Schirra on a nine-orbit flight (1962 CE)
  • Buffalo wings appear for the first time at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York (1964 CE)
  • East Germany ceases to exist as the two Germanies merge (1990 CE)
  • O.J. Simpson is acquitted of murder (1995 CE)

(For more on Vercingetorix and Wally Schirra, click the links to read my piece on the Battle of Alesia from my book Project: Impossible and on why I may own Wally Schirra’s spacesuit in “Have Spacesuit, Will Travel.)


  • Warner Oland, Charlie Chan player (1879)
  • Leo McCarey, Duck Soup director (1898)
  • Thomas Wolfe, couldn’t go home again (1900)
  • James Herriot, veterinarian (1916)
  • Harvey Kurtzman, Mad creator (1924)
  • Gore Vidal, author (1925)
  • Eddie Cochran, wrote “Summertime Blues” (1938)
  • Chubby Checker, twist creator (1941)
  • Lindsey Buckingham, Fleetwood Mac member (1949)
  • Pamela Hensley, Princess Ardala player (1950)
  • Hart Bochner, actor (1956)
  • Tommy Lee, Mötley Crüeman (1962)
  • Neve Campbell, actress (1973)


  • Dafydd ap Gruffyd, Welsh prince, first nobleman to be hanged, drawn, and quartered (1283)
  • Myles Standish, Plymouth Colony military advisor (1656)
  • Black Hawk, Sauk war leader (1838)
  • Rembrandt Peale, painter (1860)
  • Zachary Scott, actor (1965)
  • Woodie Guthrie, dust bowl troubadour (1967)
  • Jean Anouihl, dramatist (1987)
  • Roddy McDowell, actor (1998)
  • 盛田 昭夫 (Akio Morita), Sony founder (1999)
  • Janet Leigh, actress (2004)


  • Feast of the Two Ewalds (Christianity)
  • 개천절 (Gaecheonjeol) (South Korea)
  • Morazán Day (Honduras)
  • National Caramel Custard Day (US)
  • National Day (Iraq)
  • Unity Day (Germany)