Today's History Trivia for November 3
1993 Polly Wants Justice Jane Gill is murdered in her mansion. Gary Rasp, her business partner and beneficiary of a large life insurance policy, is later arrested. However, the murder victim's African gray parrot kept repeating, "Richard, no, no, no," which led investigators to Richard Mattoon, a friend of the victim. However, the parrot's testimony was not allowed in court, and Rasp was eventually convicted.
1948 Dewey Defeats Truman The Chicago Daily Tribune mistakenly publishes "Dewey's victory" before the results were in. Early voting and polls predicted that Thomas Dewey would win in a landslide, however, Harry Truman ultimately won an upset in the U.S. Presidential race.
1992 Your Vote Counts A Randolph, New York man wins the election for town judge. No one ran for the position, so he wrote himself in and won by one vote, his, the only vote cast.
1988 Geraldo Rivera is hit by a chair during a scuffle while taping an upcoming episode called Teen Hatemongers.
1987 World's loudest snorer Mark Thompson Hebbard (Canada) is recorded snoring at 90 dB. Source: Guinness Book of World Records
1978 Diff'rent Strokes debuts on NBC.
1973 Mariner 10 The spacecraft is launched. It would return the first close-up images of Venus and was the first spacecraft to use the gravity of one planet (Venus) to reach another (Mercury).
1957 First animal in orbit A dog named Laika aboard the Soviet Sputnik II. Although he survived the launch and orbiting, he died before the mission was completed.
1956 First TV showing of The Wizard of Oz The 1939 classic becomes a TV tradition.
1783 Continental Army Congress disbands the Army after the Treaty of Paris ends the war.
Today's Birthdays for November 3
1987 Elizabeth Smart American crime victim. She was kidnapped in June of 2002 and not rescued until March 2003.
1954 Adam Ant (Stewart Goddard), English singer, actor. Music: Goody Two-Shoes (1982, UK #1). Film: Slamdance (1987).
1953 Dennis Miller American comedian. TV: Saturday Night Live.
1952 Roseanne (Roseanne Barr), American comedienne. TV: Roseanne.
1949 Larry Holmes American heavyweight boxing champion (1978-85).
1948 Lulu (Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie), Scottish singer. She sang the title songs in You Only Live Twice and The Man with the Golden Gun.
1933 Michael Stanley Dukakis Massachusetts governor, presidential candidate, "liberal."
1933 Ken Berry American actor. TV: F Troop (Capt. Wilton Parmenter) and Mama's Family (Vint).
1933 John Barry d. 2011 (John Barry Prendergast), English film Grammy-winning composer, five-time Oscar-winner. He composed scores for eleven James Bond movies (1963-87). Film: Born Free (1966) and Dances with Wolves (1990).
1921 Charles Bronson d. 2003 (Charles Buchinsky), American actor. Film: The Magnificent Seven (1960), The Great Escape (1963), Once Upon a Time in the West (1969), and Death Wish (1974).
1794 William Cullen Bryant d. 1878 American poet, called the "Father of American Poets." He is considered to be the first noteworthy American poet.
1793 Stephen Fuller Austin d. 1836 American pioneer, "Father of Texas." He established the first American settlement in Texas (Austin, 1822).
1771 Francis Place d. 1854 English reformer, considered the first political campaign manager (1807) in English electoral history.
Deaths for November 3
1926 Annie Oakley b. 1860 (Phoebe Ann Mosey), American western performer, member of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. She could split a playing card held edge-on from 30 paces, and hit dimes tossed into the air. When she died, her husband was so grief stricken that he quit eating and died 18 days later. The musical Annie Get Your Gun is a fictionalized version of her life.
2002 Jonathan Harris b. 1914 (Jonathan Charasuchin), American actor. TV: Lost in Space (Dr. Zachary Smith).
1990 Mary Martin b. 1913 American Tony-Emmy-winning actress. Stage: Peter Pan (title role), South Pacific, and The Sound of Music. TV: Peter Pan (1956, Emmy). She is the real-life mother of Larry Hagman.
1949 Solomon R. Guggenheim b. 1861 American philanthropist. In 1937 he founded the Guggenheim foundation, which maintains the museum in New York.
1945 Elmer "Mike" Smith b. 1868 American baseball player. He hit the first World Series bases-loaded home run (1920).