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    • October 3, 0042 BC - First Battle of Philippi: Triumvirs Mark Antony and Octavian fight an indecisive battle with Caesar's assassins Brutus and Cassius.

    • October 3, 1264 Comet said to predict the death of Pope Urban IV is last seen

    • October 3, 1283 "Dafydd ap Gruffydd, prince of Gwynedd in Wales, becomes the first person executed by being hanged, drawn and quartered."

    • October 3, 1574 The Siege of Leiden is lifted by the Watergeuzen.

    • October 3, 1683 The Qing Dynasty naval commander Shi Lang reaches Taiwan (under the Kingdom of Tungning) to receive the formal surrender of Zheng Keshuang and Liu Guoxuan after the Battle of Penghu.

    • October 3, 1712 The Duke of Montrose issues a warrant for the arrest of Rob Roy MacGregor.

    • October 3, 1712 "Warrant issued for the arrest of Rob Roy MacGregor, Highland Freebooter, by the Lord Advocate at the instigation of the Duke of Montrose."

    • October 3, 1739 "The Treaty of Nissa is signed by the Ottoman Empire and Russia at the end of the Russian-Turkish War, 1736-1739."

    • October 3, 1778 British Captain James Cook anchors in Alaska.

    • October 3, 1789 Washington proclaims the First national Thanksgiving Day on Nov 26

    • October 3, 1795 General Napoleon Bonaparte first rises to national prominence being named to defend the French National Convention against armed counter-revolutionary rioters threatening the three year old revolutionary government.

    • October 3, 1862 "Battle of Corinth, Miss"

    • October 3, 1863 Lincoln designates last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day

    • October 3, 1863 Thanksgiving Day declared as the fourth Thursday in November by President Abraham Lincoln.

    • October 3, 1873 Captain Jack and companions are hanged for their part in the Modoc War.

    • October 3, 1883 "The Holyhead was a steamer owned by the London and North Western Railway which rammed the barque Alhambra amidships in the Irish Sea between Dublin and Holyhead in clear weather. The Holyhead's general cargo included 300 pigs, and 17 horses. The Alhambra was carrying coal as ballast and was almost cut in two and sank in a few minutes. The Holyhead sank shortly afterwards. The loss of life from the Holyhead totalled 13, including the Captain, C.W.Hicks, and his daughter. Loss of life on the Alhambra not known, but there was a crew of 25."

    • October 3, 1904 Mary McLeod Bethune opens Daytona Normal and Industrial School

    • October 3, 1908 "The Pravda newspaper founded by Leon Trotsky, Adolph Joffe, Matvey Skobelev and other Russian exiles in Vienna."

    • October 3, 1913 Federal Income Tax signed into law (at 1%)

    • October 3, 1918 Boris becomes king of Bulgaria

    • October 3, 1918 King Boris III of Bulgaria takes the throne.

    • October 3, 1922 "First facsimile photo send over city telephone lines, Washington, DC"

    • October 3, 1928 "French sub ""Ondine"" sinks returning to Toulon, drowning 42"

    • October 3, 1935 Italy invades Ethiopia under General de Bono.

    • October 3, 1942 Launch of the First A-4/V-2 rocket to altitude of 53 miles (85 km)

    • October 3, 1942 "Spaceflight: First successful launch of a V-2 /A4-rocket from Test Stand VII at Peenemnde, Germany: the first man-made object to reach space."

    • October 3, 1945 World Federation of Trade Unions formed; CIO a member

    • October 3, 1947 "First telescope lens 200"" (508 cm) in diameter completed"

    • October 3, 1951 "Battle of Maryang-San, Korea starts"

    • October 3, 1951 "Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron 1 (HS-1), first of its kind in the Navy, was established at NAS Key West, Fla."

    • October 3, 1952 "First video recording on magnetic tape, LA, Ca"

    • October 3, 1952 United Kingdom successfully tests a nuclear weapon.

    • October 3, 1953 Petrobras is founded by the Brazilian government.

    • October 3, 1954 """Father Knows Best"" premieres"

    • October 3, 1955 Captain Kangaroo debuts on CBS.

    • October 3, 1955 "Soviet battleship ""Novorossiisk"" strikes WW II mine in Baltic Sea"

    • October 3, 1955 The Mickey Mouse Club debuts on ABC.

    • October 3, 1957 Allen Ginsberg's Howl and Other Poems is ruled not obscene.

    • October 3, 1962 "Project Mercury: Sigma 7 launched from Cape Canaveral, with Astronaut Wally Schirra aboard for a six-orbit, nine-hour flight."

    • October 3, 1967 "William Knight sets X-15 speed rec of 7,297 KPH/4,534 MPH/Mach 6.72"

    • October 3, 1974 Watergate trial begins

    • October 3, 1978 Gold hits record $223.50 an ounce in London

    • October 3, 1981 Irish Nationalist at Maze Prison near Belfast end 7-mo hunger strike

    • October 3, 1981 The Hunger Strike by Provisional Irish Republican Army and Irish National Liberation Army prisoners at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland ends after seven months and ten deaths.

    • October 3, 1986 "Soviet Yankee-class sub sinks off NC, 3 die"

    • October 3, 1987 "Michael Pruffer of France skis 135.26 MPH at Portillo, Chile"

    • October 3, 1987 Number one hit on UK music charts - M/A/R/R/S - Pump Up The Volume

    • October 3, 1988 "26th Space Shuttle Mission, Discovery 7 returns to Earth after 4-days"

    • October 3, 1989 Panamanian Defense Force attempted coup of Manuel Noriega fails

    • October 3, 1990 East Germany and West Germany merge to become Germany after 43 years of division.

    • October 3, 1992 "Dedication of Australian Vietnam Veterans' National Memorial on Anzac Parade, Canberra, by the Prime Minister, the Hon Paul Keating"

    • October 3, 1993 "Battle of Mogadishu: In an attempt to capture officials of warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid's organisation in Mogadishu, Somalia, 18 US Soldiers and about 1,000 Somalis are killed in heavy fighting."

    • October 3, 1995 O.J. Simpson found not guilty of the murders of his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ronald Goldman.

    • October 3, 2003 "Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy is attacked by one of the shows tigers, canceling the show for good."

    • October 3, 2009 "According to United Nations officials, as many as 4,000 people could be buried under the rubble in the aftermath of the devastating earthquakes in Indonesia."

    • October 3, 2009 "Archaeologists discover a smaller prehistoric site near Stonehenge, dubbed as ""Bluehenge"", named after the hue of the 27 stones that formed it."

    • October 3, 2009 Burmese National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi meets for talks with the military government for the first time since 2008.

    • October 3, 2009 Czech President V clav Klaus declines to say how he would proceed in ratification of the Lisbon Treaty after the second referendum is approved by Irish voters.

    • October 3, 2009 "Dallas Stars open season vs. Nashville Predators - Dallas, TX U.S."

    • October 3, 2009 Ireland approves the European Union?s Treaty of Lisbon by a margin of 67.1% to 32.9% in a second referendum.

    • October 3, 2009 It is revealed that the British security services kept a file on their former Prime Minister Harold Wilson throughout his time in office.

    • October 3, 2009 "Senegalese rebels kill six soldiers in Casamance, using a rocket-propelled grenade on the vehicle of the soldiers after it sticks in mud by the border with Guinea-Bissau."

    • October 3, 2009 The 19th anniversary of the reunification of Germany is marked by a special four-day puppet show in Berlin.

    • October 3, 2009 "The 2009 Pacific Mini Games closes in the Cook Islands. Fiji comes in first with 78 medals, while New Caledonia wins 66 medals. oct042009 Shoichi Nakagawa, the former Japanese Finance Minister who resigned over apparent drunken behaviour at the 2009 G7 meeting in Rome, is found dead in Tokyo."

    • October 3, 2009 The death toll in Italy rises to 21 following sudden extreme spells of rain and mud showers in Messina and other parts of Sicily as the injured total reaches at least eighty.

    • October 3, 2009 "Thousands of people demonstrate in defence of press freedom in Rome, Italy, amid concerns of government interference."

    • October 3, 2009 "Tony Blair's former chief-of-staff, Jonathan Powell, has been touring European capital cities, including Brussels, Paris and Prague, in an undercover move to make him the first President of the European Council. Blair is supported by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel."

    • October 3, 2009 "Typhoon Parma hits the Philippines, with early reports indicating at least four deaths as trees are uprooted and roofs torn off houses."

    • October 3, 2009 "William Hague says Blair as EU president would be the worst option for Britain, saying ""most people would be extremely annoyed"" and that his appointment would ""underline the lack of accountability and democracy that is our objection to the Lisbon treaty""."

    • October 3, 2333 -BC- The state of Gojoseon (Modern-day Korea) founded by Dangun Wanggeom during the reign of the Chinese Emperor Yao.







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