On This Day

What Happened on October 3

Important Events

  • 2333 BC State of Gojoseon (Modern-day Korea) founded by Dangun Wanggeom during the reign of the Chinese Emperor Yao
  • 52 BC Vercingetorix, leader of the Gauls, surrenders to the Romans under Julius Caesar, ending the siege and battle of Alesia
  • 1283 Dafydd ap Gruffydd, Prince of Gwynedd, Wales, becomes the first person executed by being hanged, drawn and quartered
  • 1922 1st facsimile photo sent over city telephone lines, Washington, D.C.
  • 1935 Italy invades Ethiopia, starting the Second Italo-Ethiopian War
  • 1990 Reunification of East and West Germany. West German flag is raised above the Brandenburg Gate on the stroke of midnight.
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October 3 in Sport

  • 1888 New Zealand Natives, a privately organised and mainly Māori rugby team, plays first game in UK; beats Surry 4-1; first national rugby team to wear all-black & perform the 'haka'
  • 1995 O.J. Simpson found not guilty of the murder of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman in Los Angeles, California

Did You Know?

Pravda newspaper founded by Leon Trotsky, Adolph Joffe, Matvey Skobelev and other Russian exiles in Vienna

On October 3, 1908

Would You Believe?

Adolf Hitler says Russia is "already broken and will never rise again" in a broadcast to the German people

On October 3, 1941

Famous Weddings

  • 1833 Composer Hector Berlioz (29) marries actress Harriet Smithson (30)
  • 1944 Comedian Jerry Lewis marries singer Patti Palmer
  • 1953 MLB player and manager Sparky Anderson (19) weds childhood sweetheart Carol Valle
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