3 October

October 3 is the 276th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 89 days remain until the end of the year. 

We have some interesting facts & historic events all about October 3rd, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about October 3rd in history!

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Global Celebrations

Historic Events

What Happened On This Day – October 3

1995: OJ Simpson acquitted in the killings of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Lyle Goldman

The former football player had been accused of murdering his ex-wife and her friend on June 13, 1994. The high profile case and the subsequent trial of Simpson captured widespread media and public attention in the United States and around the world.

1952: UK tests its first atomic bomb

Called Operation Hurricane the test was conducted near the Montebello Islands in Western Australia. The operation made the UK the third country to have nuclear weapons, the United States and the Soviet Union were the first two.

1932: Iraq gains independence from the United Kingdom

The West Asian country came under British control in 1920, after the end of the First World War. After taking control of the country, the British installed the deposed Syrian King Faisal I as the King of Iraq.

1863: National Thanksgiving Day proclamation

American president Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November as Thanksgiving Day. The holiday has been celebrated annually since that year.

1849: Edgar Allen Poe seen in public for the last time

The Baltimore, Maryland-based American poet and author, best known for his poem The Raven was found sick and delirious on the streets and taken to Washington College Hospital, where he died a few days later. He was 40 years old at the time of his death.

Famous Birthdays

Births On This Day, October 3

1984: Ashlee Simpson, American singer-songwriter, actress

1969: Gwen Stefani, American singer-songwriter, actress, fashion designer

1954: Al Sharpton, American minister, talk show host, activist

1954: Stevie Ray Vaughan, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer

1925: Gore Vidal, American author, screenwriter, actor

Heartbreaking Deaths

Deaths On This Day, October 3

2005: Ronnie Barker, English comedian, actor

1967: Woody Guthrie, American singer-songwriter, musician

1931: Carl Nielsen, Danish violinist, composer, conductor

1896: William Morris, English poet, designer

1226: Francis of Assisi, Italian friar, saint

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