October 3


1863 – President Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday of November would be recognized as Thanksgiving Day.

1887 – Terrible storms hit the Great Lakes. Several ships were lost including “The City of Green Bay”, “The Havana”, and “The California”.

1893 – J.S. Thurman patented the motor-driven vacuum cleaner.

1901 – The Victor Talking Machine Company was incorporated. After a merger with Radio Corporation of America the company became RCA-Victor.

1906 – W.T. Grant opened a 25-cent department store.

1942 – The Office of Economic Stabilization was established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He also authorized controls on wages, salaries, rents, and farm prices.

1954 – The television show “Father Knows Best” began airing on CBS.

1955 – The children’s television show “Captain Kangaroo” premiered on CBS.

1955 – The children’s television show “The Mickey Mouse Club” premiered on ABC.

1961 – TV’s “The Dick Van Dyke Show” debuted on CBS.

1962 – Sigma 7 was launched from Cape Canaveral, with astronaut Wally Shirra on board for a six orbit, nine hour flight.

1974 – Frank Robinson took over the management position of the Cleveland Indians baseball team. He was the first black manager in major league baseball.

1980 – The movie “Somewhere in Time” was released by Universal Studios Entertainment. It was filmed on Michigan’s Mackinac Island at the famous Grand Hotel.

1985 – The Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-51-J) made its maiden flight.

1988 – The Space Shuttle Discovery, on the first mission since the Challenger disaster, landed safely after four days in space.

1989 – Art Shell became the first African-American head coach in the modern NFL when he took over the Los Angeles Raiders.

1990 – The Berlin Wall was dismantled eleven months after the borders between East and West Germany were dissolved after 45 years of division.

1992 – On TV’s “Saturday Night Live”, Sinead O’Connor tore a picture of the Pope.

1995 – O.J. Simpson was found not guilty of the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.

2000 – Mark David Chapman was denied parole after a 50-minute meeting with the parole board at Attica State Prison in New York, NY. Chapman had been sentenced to life for the murder of John Lennon on December 8, 1980.

2001 – On a Greyhound bus near Manchester, TN, passenger Damir Igric slashed the driver’s throat, causing a wreck that killed six and injures 34 others. The driver survived.

2003 – Ray Horn, of “Siegfried & Roy,” was attacked by tiger during a performance. Roy survived the attack after being dragged offstage. The tiger, a 7-year-old male named Montecore, was debuting in his first show.

2004 – The television show “Desperate Housewives” debuted on ABC.

2008 – The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 for the U.S. financial system was signed by President George W. Bush.

2008 – O.J. Simpson was found guilty of robbing two sports-memorabilia dealers at gunpoint in a Las Vegas, NV, hotel room.



Glenn “Mr. Goalie” Hall 1931 – Hockey Player (Detroit Red Wings 1949-1956)

Chubby Checker 1941 – Singer (“The Twist”)

Alan Rachins 1942 – Actor (TV’s “Dharma and Greg”, “LA Law”)

Roy Horn 1944 – Magician, animal trainer (Siegfried and Roy)

Lindsey Buckingham 1949 – Musician (Fleetwood Mac)

Pamela Hensley 1950 – Actress (TV’s “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century”, “Matt Houston”)

Peter Frechette 1956 – Actor (TV’s “Profiler”)

Jack Wagner 1959 – Actor, singer (TV’s “General Hospital”, “Santa Barbara”, “The Bold and the Beautiful”, “Melrose Place”)

Tommy Lee 1962 – Musician (Mötley Crüe)

Clive Owen 1964 – Actor (“Closer”, “Duplicity”, “The Children of Men”, “Sin City” movies, “Shoot ‘Em Up”, “The Bourne Identity”, “Gosford Park”)

Natalie Raitano 1966 – Actress (TV’s “V.I.P.”)

Janel Moloney 1969 – Actress (TV’s “The West Wing”)

Gwen Stefani 1969 – Singer, TV Judge (No Doubt, TV’s “The Voice”)

Kevin Richardson 1971 – Singer (Backstreet Boys)

Neve Campbell 1973 – Actress (“Scream” series, “The Craft”, TV’s “Party of Five”)

Seann William Scott 1976 – Actor (“Cop Out”, “Role Models”, “Mr. Woodcock”, “The Dukes of Hazzard”, the “American Pie” movies)

Shannyn Sossamon 1978 – Actress (“One Missed Call”, “A Knight’s Tale”, “40 Days and 40 Nights”, “The Rules of Attraction”)

Erik von Detten 1982 – Actor (“Escape to Witch Mountain”, “Toy Story”, “Brink!”, “The Princess Diaries”, “Complete Savages”, “So Weird”)

Ashlee Simpson 1984 – Singer, actress (TV’s “Melrose Place”, “7th Heaven”)

Alicia Vikander 1988 – Actress (“The Danish Girl”, “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”)



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