October 03 in History Events, Birthdays, & News

To know what happened today in history, famous events occurred, famous birthdays, death days, legend quotes, and historical news on October 03.

October 03

Events on October 03

1226 Death of St Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan order who received the wounds of Christ (the stigmata) and endured great pain during the first two years of his life.

1867 Death of Elias Howe, who patented the sewing machine and made $2 million (£1.1 million) from it.

1906 SOS was established as the international distress call, replacing the call sign CDQ (sometimes interpreted as “Come Damn Quick!”).

1959 Post codes were introduced in Britain.

1967 Death of Sir Malcolm Sargent, hugely popular British conductor perhaps best-loved for his Promenade concerts.

1967 Woody Guthrie, American singer and songwriter of “This Land is Your Land” dies from Huntington’s Chorea.

1987 Death of French dramatist Jean Anouilh, whose works include Antigone and L’Alouette.

Famous Birthdays on October 03

Eleanora Duse 1859, Italian actress for whom the play La Gioconda was specially written by her lover, D’Annunzio.

Pierre Bonnard 1867, French painter mainly of Paris scenes who, with Vuillard, also developed the type of intimate domestic interior scene to which the term Intimiste is applied.

Gore Vidal 1925, American satirical author and critic who wrote Myra Breckinridge and the screenplay of Suddenly Last Summer.

Eddie Cochran 1938, American singer whose hits include “Summertime Blues” and “C’mon Everybody”; he died in England in a car crash, and became a rock ‘n’ roll legend.

Chubby Checker 1941, American singer whose “The Twist” became an international dance hit and was followed by more hits such as “Let’s Twist Again” and “Slow Twistin”.

Quotes from Legendary

I don't want art for a few, any more than education for a few, or freedom for a few.

- William Morris, British designer, who died today, 1896.

Historical News on October 03

Berlin Backs Willy Brandt

1957 The Berlin city assembly made history today by voting in its youngest ever Oberburgermeister, or Mayor.

The man entrusted with his difficult office is 44-year-old Willy Brandt.

He was elected unopposed by 86 out of the 118 members who voted.

Herr Brandt’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) was the only party to put up a candidate.

Speculation that he would face a challenge by fellow SPD politician Willy Kressmann proved groundless.

The composition of the Berlin senate remains unchanged, with the SPD maintaining its one-seat advantage over the Christian Democratic Union party.

Oj Simpson Acquitted of Murder

OJ Simpson acqutted of murder on October 03
OJ Simpson acqutted of murder

1995 OJ Simpson has been found not guilty of the murders of his ex-wife Nicole and her companion Ronald Goldman.

The jury took just a few hours to reach a unanimous decision in the trial that has gripped America.

Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were stabbed to death outside her Brentwood house on June 12.

Former American football star Simpson was arrested soon after the killings but insisted from the start he was innocent.

Orenthal James Simpson’s fate has become essential television viewing ever since 95 million Americans watched police give chase to his car on the day of his arrest.

Dpp's Career Sadly Curbed

1991 Sir Allan Green, QC, the British Director of Public Prosecutions, resigned today after being stopped by police for alleged kerb crawling.

He had been seen talking to prostitutes in the red light district around King’s Cross station on more than one occasion, it was claimed.

Sir Allan, 56 was an able and popular DPP and his fall from grace has been greeted with disbelief tinged with sadness by those who worked with him.

During his four years as DPP head, Sir Allan reorganized the service with the aim of making it “fair, competent and nationwide”.

Prostitute Lindi St Clair, the leader of the Corrective Party, has urged Sir Allan to back her calls for the legalization of prostitution.

British Nuke Own Warship

1952 The first British atomic weapon was exploded today off the Monte Bello Islands, west of Australia.

The test was designed to assess the effect of an atomic bomb exploding in a harbour.

The ship in which the weapon was exploded, the 1370-ton frigate HMS Plym, vaporized except for a few fragments which landed on the nearby islands and started fires in the vegetation.

Watching! newsmen felt the force from 65 miles (104 km) or so away about four minutes after the flash.

No More Morris

OJ Simpson acqutted of murder on October 03
no more morris

1896 William Morris, the author and designer, died at his Hammersmith home, Kelmscott House, aged 62. He had recently returned from a sea voyage to Norway intended to revive his failing health.

In 1861 Morris founded the firm of Morris & Co to produce wallpapers, furniture, tapestries, carpets, furnishing materials and stained glass windows (many of them by BurneJones).

This association of “fine art workmen” held to the principle that the artist-designer should “honour” his material.

Morris put much of his considerable energy into promoting Socialist ideals through his writings and, latterly, the formation of the Socialist League.

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