by Bob Fields

On October 3:

John Ross (Image Credit: WikiTree)

George Bancroft (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Gore Vidal (Image Credit: Wikipedia)











1790 – John Ross, American Cherokee Nation chief from 1828-1866, during the Trail of Tears (d. 1866).
1800 – George Bancroft, American historian and politician, 17th US Secretary of the Navy, established the US Naval Academy in 1845 (d. 1891) (Bancroft Hall).
1803 – John Gorrie*, American physician, scientist, inventor; the “father of air-conditioning” (d. 1855).
1900 – Thomas Wolfe, American author and academic (d. 1938) (Look Homeward, Angel).
1925 – Gore Vidal*, American author, screenwriter, and actor (d. 2012) (BurrLincoln).
1954 – Stevie Ray Vaughan, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Double Trouble) (d. 1990).
1969 – Gwen Stefani, American singer-songwriter and actress (No Doubt).


Francis Assisi (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Myles Standish (Image Credit: WikiTree)

Woody Guthrie (Image Credit: WikiTree)










42 BC – First Battle of PhilippiTriumvirs Mark Antony and Octavian fight a decisive battle with Caesar‘s assassins Brutus and CassiusCassius commits suicide.
1226 – Francis of Assisi*, Italian friar, the patron saint of animals and the environment, noted for the stigmata, founded the Franciscan Orders (b. 1181).
1867 – Elias Howe, American engineer, invented the sewing machine (b. 1819).
1656 – Myles Standish, English-American captain, leader of Plymouth Colony (b. 1584).
1936 – John Heisman*, American football player and coach (b. 1869) (The Heisman Trophy).
1967 – Woody Guthrie, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (“This Land Is Your Land“) (b. 1912).
1998 – Roddy McDowall*, English-American actor (b. 1928) (Planet of the Apes).
2004 – Janet Leigh, American actress (b. 1927) (Psycho).

Other Events:

Vercingetorix (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

V-2 (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

OJ Simpson (Image Credit: Wikipedia)











52 BC – Battle of AlesiaVercingetorix, leader of the Gauls, surrenders to Julius CaesarGaul (roughly modern France) becomes a Roman province.
1863 – The last Thursday in November is declared as Thanksgiving Day by President Abraham Lincoln.
1929 – The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes is renamed to the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.
1932 – Iraq gains independence from the United Kingdom, after 17 years of British rule.
1942 -The first successful launch of a V-2 rocket  from Peenemünde, Germany. It is the first man-made object to reach space.
1952 – The United Kingdom successfully tests a nuclear weapon to become the world’s third nuclear power.
1990 – German reunification: The German Democratic Republic ceases to exist, after 45 years. Now celebrated as German Unity Day.
1993 – Battle of Mogadishu: A failed attempt to capture warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid* in Mogadishu, Somalia costs the lives of 18 American soldiers and 350 Somalis (Black Hawk Down).
1995 – O. J. Simpson is acquitted of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. He later loses a wrongful death lawsuit for $33 million and is currently in jail for armed robbery and kidnapping.

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