What happened on October 3? There are more than 227 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About October 3

October 3 In HistoryOctober 3 is the 277th day of the year 2020. There are 89 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday. This day falls under the 40th week of the year 2020.

On this day in Redmond, Oregon 97756 sunrise occured at 07:06 AM and sunset occured at 06:40 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Libra. The modern birthstone for this month is Opal while the mystical birthstone is Jasper.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 132 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For October 3

  • 52 BC
    Vercingetorix, leader of the Gauls, surrenders to the Romans under Julius Caesar, ending the siege and Battle of Alesia.
  • 42 BC
    First Battle of Philippi: Triumvirs Mark Antony and Octavian fight a decisive battle with Caesar’s assassins Brutus and Cassius.
  • 382
    Emperor Theodosius I concludes a peace treaty with the Goths and settles them in the Balkans in exchange for military service.
  • 1283
    Dafydd ap Gruffydd, prince of Gwynedd in Wales, becomes the first nobleman executed by being hanged, drawn and quartered.
  • 1574
    The Siege of Leiden is lifted by the Watergeuzen.
  • 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.
  • 1712
    The Duke of Montrose issues a warrant for the arrest of Rob Roy MacGregor.
  • 1739
    The Treaty of Nissa is signed by the Ottoman Empire and Russia at the finish of the Russian-Turkish War, 1736–1739.
  • 1778
    British Captain James Cook anchors in Alaska.
  • 1789
    George Washington made the first Thanksgiving Day designated by the national government of the United States of America.
  • 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.
  • 1835
    The Staedtler Company is founded in Nuremberg, Germany.
  • 1849
    American author Edgar Allan Poe is found delirious in a gutter in Baltimore, Maryland under mysterious circumstances; it is the last time he is seen in public before his death.
  • 1863
    The last Thursday in November is declared as Thanksgiving Day by President Abraham Lincoln as are Thursdays, November 30, 1865 and November 29, 1866.
  • 1872
    Bloomingdale brothers opened their first store at 938 Third Avenue, New York City.
  • 1873
    Captain Jack and companions are hanged for their part in the Modoc War.
  • 1908
    The Pravda newspaper is founded by Leon Trotsky, Adolph Joffe, Matvey Skobelev and other Russian exiles in Vienna.
  • 1918
    King Boris III of Bulgaria accedes to the throne.
  • 1919
    Cincinnati Reds pitcher Adolfo Luque becomes the 1st Latin player to appear in a World Series.
  • 1929
    The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes is renamed to Kingdom of Yugoslavia, “Land of the South Slavs”.
  • 1932
    Iraq gains independence from the United Kingdom.
  • 1935
    Second Italo-Abyssinian War: Italy invades Ethiopia under General de Bono.
  • 1942
    Spaceflight: The first successful launch of a V-2 /A4-rocket from Test Stand VII at Peenemünde, Germany. It is the first man-made object to reach space.
  • 1949
    WERD, the 1st black-owned radio station in the United States, opens in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • 1950
    Korean War: The First Battle of Maryang San, primarily pitting Australian and British forces against communist China, begins.
  • 1951
    The “Shot Heard ‘Round the World”, one of the greatest moments in Major League Baseball history, occurs when the New York Giants’Bobby Thomson hits a game winning home run in the bottom of the ninth inning off of the Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca, to win the National League pennant after being down 14 games.
  • 1952
    The United Kingdom successfully tests a nuclear weapon to become the world’s third nuclear power.
  • 1955
    The Mickey Mouse Club debuts on ABC.
  • 1957
    Allen Ginsberg’s Howl and Other Poems is ruled not obscene.
  • 1961
    The Dick Van Dyke Show premieres on CBS-TV in the United States.
  • 1962
    Project Mercury: Sigma 7 is launched from Cape Canaveral, with Astronaut Wally Schirra aboard, for a six-orbit, nine-hour flight.
  • 1964
    First Buffalo Wings are made at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York.
  • 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.
  • 1985
    The Space Shuttle Atlantis makes its maiden flight. (Mission STS-51-J)
  • 1986
    TASCC, a superconducting cyclotron at the Chalk River Laboratories, is officially opened.
  • 1990
    Re-unification of Germany. The German Democratic Republic ceases to exist and its territory becomes part of the Federal Republic of Germany. East German citizens became part of the European Community, which later became the European Union. Now celebrated as German Unity Day.
  • 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.
  • 1995
    O. J. Simpson is acquitted of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
  • 2003
    Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy is attacked by one of the show’s tigers, canceling the show until 2009, when they rejoined the tiger that mauled Roy just six years earlier.
  • 2008
    The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 for the US financial system is signed by President Bush.

Who Were Born On October 3?

  • 1610
    Gabriel Lallemant, French-born Jesuit missionary (North American Martyrs) (d. 1649)
  • 1716
    Giovanni Battista Beccaria, Italian physicist (d. 1781)
  • 1720
    Johann Peter Uz, German poet (d. 1796)
  • 1790
    John Ross, Chief of the Cherokee Nation (d. 1866)
  • 1797
    Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany (d. 1870)
  • 1800
    George Bancroft, American historian and 17th Secretary of the Navy (d. 1891)
  • 1804
    Allan Kardec, French founder of Spiritism (d. 1869)
  • 1804
    Townsend Harris, the 1st U.S. Consul to Japan (d. 1878)
  • 1828
    Woldemar Bargiel, German composer (d. 1897)
  • 1837
    Nicolás Avellaneda, Argentine president (d. 1885)
  • 1848
    Henry Lerolle, French painter (d. 1929)
  • 1858
    Eleonora Duse, Italian actress (d. 1924)
  • 1862
    Johnny Briggs, English cricketer (d. 1902)
  • 1863
    Pyotr Kuzmich Kozlov, Russian explorer (d. 1935)
  • 1869
    Alfred Flatow, German gymnast (d. 1942)
  • 1874
    Charles B. Middleton, American actor (d. 1949)
  • 1879
    Warner Oland, Swedish-born actor (d. 1938)
  • 1882
    A. Y. Jackson, Canadian painter (d. 1974)
  • 1886
    Alain-Fournier, French novelist (d. 1914)
  • 1888
    Wade Boteler, American actor d. 1943
  • 1889
    Carl von Ossietzky, German pacifist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1938)
  • 1894
    Elmer Robinson, American politician (d. 1982)
  • 1894
    Walter Warlimont, German General WWII (d. 1976)
  • 1895
    Giovanni Comisso, Italian writer (d. 1969)
  • 1895
    Sergei Aleksandrovich Yesenin, Russian lyrical poet (d. 1925)
  • 1896
    Gerardo Diego, Spanish poet (d. 1987)
  • 1897
    Louis Aragon, French writer (d. 1982)
  • 1898
    Leo McCarey, American film director and screenwriter (d. 1969)
  • 1900
    Thomas Wolfe, American writer (d. 1938)
  • 1901
    Jean Grémillon, French film director (d. 1959)
  • 1904
    Ernst-Günther Schenck, Nazi German physician (d. 1998)
  • 1908
    Johnny Burke, American lyricist (d. 1964)
  • 1916
    James Herriot, English veterinarian and author (d. 1995)
  • 1919
    James M. Buchanan, American economist
  • 1919
    Jean Lefebvre, French actor (d. 2004)
  • 1923
    Edward Oliver LeBlanc, Dominican politician (d. 2004)
  • 1924
    Arkady Vorobyov, Russian weightlifter
  • 1924
    Harvey Kurtzman, American cartoonist and founding editor of Mad magazine (d. 1993)
  • 1925
    Gore Vidal, American author
  • 1928
    Erik Bruhn, Danish dancer and choreographer (d. 1986)
  • 1931
    Glenn Hall, National Hockey League goaltender
  • 1933
    Neale Fraser, Australian tennis player
  • 1934
    Koo Nimo, Ghanaian musician
  • 1934
    Simon Nicholson, British sculptor; son of Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth (d. 1990)
  • 1935
    Charles Duke, American astronaut
  • 1938
    David Obey, American politician
  • 1938
    Eddie Cochran, American singer and guitarist (d. 1960)
  • 1938
    Jack Hodgins, Canadian author
  • 1938
    Tereza Kesovija, Croatian singer
  • 1940
    Jean Ratelle, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1940
    Sheila Fearn, English actress
  • 1941
    Andrea de Adamich, Italian Formula One driver and TV commentator
  • 1941
    Chubby Checker, American singer-songwriter
  • 1943
    Jeff Bingaman, American politician
  • 1944
    Pierre Deligne, Belgian mathematician
  • 1944
    Roy Horn, German-American magician
  • 1945
    Tony Brown, English footballer
  • 1949
    J. P. Dutta, Indian Bollywood film director
  • 1949
    Lindsey Buckingham, American guitarist and singer (Fleetwood Mac)
  • 1950
    Pamela Hensley, American actress
  • 1951
    Dave Winfield, American baseball player
  • 1954
    Al Sharpton, American Baptist minister
  • 1954
    Dennis Eckersley, American baseball player
  • 1954
    Stevie Ray Vaughan, American blues musician (d. 1990)
  • 1956
    Hart Bochner, Canadian film actor/director
  • 1957
    Tim Westwood, English DJ and radio/TV presenter
  • 1958
    Louise Lecavalier, Canadian dancer (La La La Human Steps)
  • 1959
    Fred Couples, American golfer
  • 1959
    Jack Wagner, American actor and singer
  • 1961
    Dean Lawrence, English actor
  • 1961
    Rebecca Stephens, British mountaineer
  • 1962
    Tommy Lee, American Drummer
  • 1964
    Clive Owen, British actor
  • 1965
    Jan-Ove Waldner, Swedish table tennis player
  • 1966
    Darrin Fletcher, American baseball player
  • 1967
    Rob Liefeld, American comic book illustrator
  • 1968
    Greg Foster, American basketball player
  • 1968
    Paul Crichton, English footballer
  • 1969
    Gwen Stefani, American musician and actress
  • 1969
    Tetsu, Japanese bassist (L'Arc-en-Ciel)
  • 1971
    Kevin Richardson, American singer (Backstreet Boys)
  • 1971
    Wil Cordero, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • 1972
    Kim Joo-hyuk, South Korean actor
  • 1973
    Angélica Gavaldón, American/Mexican tennis player
  • 1973
    Keiko Agena, Japanese/American actress
  • 1973
    Lena Headey, British actress
  • 1973
    Neve Campbell, Canadian actress
  • 1974
    Marianne Timmer, Dutch speed skater
  • 1974
    Mike Johnson, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1975
    India.Arie, American singer
  • 1975
    Talib Kweli, American musician
  • 1976
    Herman Li, British musician (DragonForce)
  • 1976
    Seann William Scott, American actor
  • 1977
    Eric Munson, American baseball player
  • 1977
    Luca Tognozzi, Italian footballer
  • 1978
    Claudio Pizarro, Peruvian footballer
  • 1978
    Gerald Asamoah, German footballer
  • 1978
    Jake Shears, American singer (Scissor Sisters)
  • 1978
    Neil Clement, English footballer
  • 1978
    Shannyn Sossamon, American actress, dancer and musician
  • 1978
    Vienna Teng, American pianist and singer-songwriter
  • 1979
    Carlo Alban, Ecuadorian actor
  • 1979
    John Morrison, American pro wrestler
  • 1979
    Josh Klinghoffer, American musician (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
  • 1980
    Anquan Boldin, American football player
  • 1980
    Danny O'Donoghue, Irish singer (The Script)
  • 1980
    Sheldon Brookbank, Canadian hockey player
  • 1981
    Amanda Walsh, Canadian actress
  • 1981
    Andreas Isaksson, Swedish footballer
  • 1981
    Danny Coid, English footballer
  • 1981
    Seth Gabel, American actor
  • 1981
    Zlatan Ibrahimović, Swedish footballer
  • 1982
    Erik von Detten, American actor
  • 1983
    Andreas Papathanasiou, Greek-Cypriot footballer
  • 1983
    Frederico Chaves Guedes, Brazilian footballer
  • 1983
    Hiroki Suzuki, Japanese actor
  • 1983
    Thiago Alves, Brazilian mixed martial artist
  • 1984
    Anthony Le Tallec, French footballer
  • 1984
    Ashlee Simpson, American singer
  • 1984
    Bruno Gervais, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1984
    Chris Marquette, American film and television actor
  • 1984
    Yoon Eun-Hye, South Korean actress
  • 1985
    Courtney Lee, American basketball player
  • 1987
    Zuleyka Rivera, Puerto Rican beauty pageant contestant
  • 1989
    Nate Montana, American football player
  • 1990
    Rhian Ramos, Filipina actress
  • 1995
    Hailey McCann, American actress
  • 1996
    Adair Tishler, American actress

Who Died On October 3?

  • 1226
    Saint Francis of Assisi (b. 1181)
  • 1283
    David ap Gruffydd, Welsh prince of Gwynedd (b. 1238)
  • 1369
    Margarete Maultasch, Countess of Tyrol (b. 1318)
  • 1568
    Elisabeth of Valois, wife of Philip II of Spain (b. 1545)
  • 1596
    Florent Chrestien, French writer (b. 1541)
  • 1611
    Charles of Lorraine, Duke of Mayenne, French military leader (b. 1554)
  • 1629
    Giorgi Saakadze, Georgian military leader (b. 1570)
  • 1649
    Giovanni Diodati, Swiss Protestant clergyman (b. 1576)
  • 1653
    Marcus Zuerius van Boxhorn, Dutch scholar (b. 1612)
  • 1656
    Myles Standish, English-born soldier
  • 1690
    Robert Barclay, Scottish writer (b. 1648)
  • 1701
    Joseph Williamson, English politician (b. 1633)
  • 1801
    Philippe Henri, marquis de Ségur, Marshal of France (b. 1724)
  • 1833
    François, marquis de Chasseloup-Laubat, French general (b. 1754)
  • 1838
    Black Hawk, Sauk-American tribal leader (b. 1767)
  • 1860
    Rembrandt Peale, American portrait artist, renowned for portraits of Washington and Jefferson (b. 1778)
  • 1867
    Elias Howe, American inventor (b. 1819)
  • 1873
    Captain Jack, Modoc tribal leader
  • 1877
    James Roosevelt Bayley, American religious leader (b. 1814)
  • 1881
    Orson Pratt, American religious leader (b. 1811)
  • 1890
    Joseph Hergenröther, German historian (b. 1824)
  • 1891
    Edouard Lucas, French mathematician (b. 1842)
  • 1896
    William Morris, English writer & poet (b. 1834)
  • 1929
    Gustav Stresemann, Chancellor of Germany, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1878)
  • 1929
    Jeanne Eagels, American actress (b. 1894)
  • 1931
    Carl Nielsen, Danish composer (b. 1865)
  • 1936
    John Heisman, American football coach (b. 1869)
  • 1953
    Arnold Bax, English composer (b. 1883)
  • 1959
    Tochigiyama Moriya, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 27th Yokozuna (b. 1892)
  • 1965
    Zachary Scott, American actor (b. 1914)
  • 1967
    Malcolm Sargent, English conductor (b. 1895)
  • 1967
    Woody Guthrie, American musician (b. 1912)
  • 1969
    Skip James, American blues musician (b. 1902)
  • 1986
    Vince DiMaggio, American baseball player (b. 1912)
  • 1987
    Jean Anouilh, French writer (b. 1910)
  • 1987
    Kalervo Palsa, Finnish artist (b. 1947)
  • 1988
    Franz Josef Strauß, Bavarian politician (b. 1915)
  • 1990
    Stefano Casiraghi, Italian businessman and husband of Princess Caroline of Monaco (b. 1960)
  • 1993
    Gary Gordon, American Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1960)
  • 1993
    Katerina Gogou, Greek actress, poet and author (b. 1940)
  • 1993
    Randall “Randy” Shughart, American Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1958)
  • 1998
    Roddy McDowall, English actor (b. 1928)
  • 1999
    Akio Morita, Japanese businessman (b. 1921)
  • 2000
    Benjamin Orr, American bassist and singer (The Cars) (b. 1947)
  • 2000
    John Grant, British politician (b. 1932)
  • 2001
    Costas Hajihristos, Greek actor (b. 1921)
  • 2002
    Bruce Paltrow, American television and film producer (b. 1943)
  • 2002
    Robert Krausz, American stock market advisor and investor (b. 1936)
  • 2003
    Florence Stanley, American actress (b. 1924)
  • 2003
    William Steig, American cartoonist and children’s author (b. 1907)
  • 2004
    Janet Leigh, American actress (b. 1927)
  • 2004
    John Cerutti, baseball player and announcer (b. 1960)
  • 2005
    Ronnie Barker, English comic actor (b. 1929)
  • 2006
    Alberto Ramento, Filipino bishop (b. 1937)
  • 2006
    John Crank, British mathematician (b. 1916)
  • 2006
    Peter Norman, Australian track star (b. 1942)
  • 2007
    M. N. Vijayan, Indian writer, orator, and academic (b. 1930)
  • 2008
    Johnny J, American record producer and songwriter (b. 1969)
  • 2008
    Karam ud Din, Pakistani Navy officer (b. 1941)
  • 2009
    Queen Fatima of Libya (b. 1911)
  • 2010
    Ben Mondor, Canadian-born American baseball executive (b. 1925)

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