On this Day in History, October 3

Many events happened on October 3 and made it to the books of history. Here, take a look!

  • 1863 – National Thanksgiving Day was proclaimed by American president Abraham Lincoln.
  • 1922 – In Washington, D.C. the 1st facsimile photo was sent over city telephone lines.
  • 1925 – American author, screenwriter and actor, Gore Vidal was born.
  • 1932 – Iraq gained its independence from the U.K.
  • 1941 – In a broadcast to the German people, Adolf Hitler said that Russia is “already broken and will never rise again”.
  • 1944 –  Poland Freedom Fighters were forced to surrender the fight against Germans after food supplies, arms, and ammunition ran out.
  • 1952 – Great Britain, a nation of tea drinkers, experience an end to tea rationing after 12 years.
  • 1952 – Great Britain tested its first atomic bomb at the Monte Bello Islands.
  • 1955 – The Mickey Mouse Club began its premiere on ABC.
  • 1954 – The first Buffalo Wings were made at Buffalo, New York hence the name.
  • 1961 – The United Auto Workers called for a wide strike against Ford Motor Company.
  • 1964 – Berlin nationals dug a 470-foot tunnel between East and West Berlin, which allowed 57 east Berliners to escape to the West.
  • 1985 – In a mission dedicated to the US Department of Defense, the space shuttle Atlantis was launched on its maiden voyage, carrying two military communications satellites.
  • 1992 – Sinead O’Connor ripped up a picture of Pope John Paul II on the “Saturday Night Live” show.
  • 1995 – O.J. Simpson was acquitted of the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.
  • 1999 – A new anti-missile defense system designed to destroy incoming intercontinental missiles were successfully tested by the U.S.
  • 2005 – English comedian and actor Ronnie Barker died.
  • 2008 – The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 was signed into law by President Bush.
  • 2012 – A Wisconsin woman news anchor addressed the issue of bullying and goes viral following an on-air response to a viewer’s email criticizing her weight and appearance.
  • 2013 – A migrant boat coming from Africa sinks off the coast of the Italian island Lampedusa on its way to Europe, killing over 300 people.

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