Today's History Trivia for October 3
2003 Siegfried & Roy Tiger Attack Roy is severely injured when their white tiger bites him in the neck during a performance. Roy states that he had fallen and the tiger was trying to pull him to safety. This happened on Roy's 59th birthday.
1992 Irish singer Sinead O'Connor rips up a picture of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live.
1990 Reunification of East and West Germany.
1989 Gen. Manuel Noriega suppresses an attempted overthrow by rebel officers in the Panama Defense Forces.
1986 L.A. Law debuts on NBC.
1985 First launch of the fourth space shuttle Atlantis.
1984 First FBI Agent Charged with Espionage Richard W. Miller is arrested for passing a classified document to the Soviets. In 1986 he was convicted and given a life sentence.
1974 First black major-league baseball manager Frank Robinson signs with the Cleveland Indians.
1961 The Dick Van Dyke Show debuts on CBS.
1960 The Andy Griffith Show debuts on CBS.
1955 The Mickey Mouse Club The Disney TV show debuts on ABC, featuring the Mouseketeers.
1955 Captain Kangaroo debuts on CBS starring Bob Keeshan as the Captain. It became network TV's longest-running children's show.
1954 Father Knows Best debuts on CBS, starring Robert Young.
1952 Great Britain explodes their first atom bomb At the Monte Bello islands northwest of Australia.
1922 First woman U.S. Senator Rebecca Latimer Felton of Georgia is appointed. She served until November 22.
1913 First U.S. federal income tax under the 16th Amendment is signed into law by Congress, 1% for incomes greater than $4,000.
1899 Vacuum cleaner This modern marvel is first patented.
1863 Thanksgiving Pres. Lincoln declares the last Thursday in November to be a national Thanksgiving Day. This was observed yearly (except 1865 and 1869) through 1938. Pres. F.D. Roosevelt declared Thanksgiving as the next to last Thursday in November for 1939-41, and the 4th Thursday in November starting in 1942.
1859 First International Cricket Tournament Held in the U.S. It was held in Hoboken, New Jersey; the English team beat the Americans.
1789 First national Thanksgiving Day (as declared by presidential proclamation) Pres. George Washington declares November 26th as a day of general thanksgiving for the adoption of the constitution. This was also the first national U.S. holiday.
2333 B.C. Korea Gojoseon (Korea) is founded according to the 15th-century history book Dongguk Tonggam.
Today's Birthdays for October 3
1954 Stevie Ray Vaughan d. 1990 American Hall of Fame guitarist, musician. He died in a helicopter crash, along with several members of Eric Clapton's road crew.
1951 Kathryn D. Sullivan American astronaut, first U.S. woman to walk in space (1984).
1949 Lindsey Buckingham American musician, with Fleetwood Mac.
1944 Roy Horn German-born American magician with Siegfried and Roy. Their magic act, known for its flash and use of animals, was the highest-grossing production in Las Vegas history. He was severely injured on his birthday in 2003 by a white tiger during one of their performances. In Texas Hold'em, two queens as hole cards are referred to as a "Siegfried & Roy."
1941 Chubby Checker (Ernest Evans), American singer, his hit The Twist reached #1 in 1960 and 1962.
1938 Eddie Cochran d. 1960 American musician. Music: Summertime Blues (1958).
1925 Gore Vidal d. 2012 (Eugene Luther Vidal), American author. Quote: "A narcissist is someone better looking than you are."
1924 Harvey Kurtzman d. 1993 American Hall of Fame cartoonist. Writings: Mad magazine (creator 1952) and Little Annie Fanny (featured in Playboy 1962-88).
1924 Franco Cristaldi d. 1992 Italian Oscar-winning producer, Amarcord (1973) and Cinema Paradiso (1990).
1916 James Herriot d. 1995 (James Alfred Wight), Scottish veterinarian. His book All Creatures Great and Small (1972) was the basis for the popular BBC series.
1899 Gertrude Berg d. 1966 (Tillie Edelstein), American actress. TV: The Goldbergs (Molly Goldberg). A radio pioneer, she was one of the first women to create, write, produce and star in a long-running radio hit with The Rise of the Goldbergs (1929), later becoming The Goldbergs and eventually moving to television.
1879 Warner Oland d. 1938 (Johan Verner Ölund), Swedish-born actor. Film: Dr. Fu Manchu movies (title role), Charlie Chan movies (title role), and Werewolf of London (1935, where he played the first werewolf in a major Hollywood film).
1874 Charles Middleton d. 1949 American actor. Film: Flash Gordon series (1936-40, Ming the Merciless).
1858 Eleonora Duse d. 1924 Italian actress. She was the first woman featured on the cover of Time magazine (July 30, 1923). She is considered the greatest tragic actress of modern time.
1854 William Crawford Gorgas d. 1920 American sanitarian, controlled malaria and yellow fever outbreaks during the construction of the Panama Canal.
1844 Patrick Manson d. 1922 British parasitologist, Father of Tropical Medicine. His insect research led to the discovery of how malaria is transmitted by mosquitoes.
1800 George Bancroft d. 1891 American historian, Father of American History.
Deaths for October 3
1998 Roddy McDowall b. 1928 (Roderick Andrew Anthony Jude McDowall), British-born American Tony-winning actor. Film: Lassie Come Home (1943, Joe Carraclough), Planet of the Apes (1968, Cornelius). TV: Batman (Bookworm). He won both the Charleston and Cha-Cha contests on The Arthur Murray Party (1950).
1978 George G. Blaisdell b. 1895 American businessman. Invented the Zippo cigarette lighter (1932).
1967 Woody Guthrie b. 1912 (Woodrow Wilson Guthrie), American folk singer, composer. Music: This Land is Your Land and This Train is Bound for Glory.
1967 Vance DeBar "Pinto" Colvig b. 1892 American character actor. Voice of Sleepy and Grumpy in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Disney's Goofy and Pluto, and voice of the original Bozo the Clown.
1867 Elias Howe b. 1819 American inventor. He patented the first practical sewing machine (1846).
1656 Capt. Miles Standish b. circa 1584 English colonist in America. He sailed over aboard the Mayflower and became military defender of New Plymouth.
1226 Saint Francis of Assisi b. circa 1182 Italian monk, founded the Roman Catholic order of Franciscans. In 1224 he received the stigmata (the crucifixion scars of Christ) on Mt. Alvernia, Italy.