About October 3

October 3, 2024 is the 277th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 89 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

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Libra is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Opal is the modern birthstone for this month. Jasper is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 118 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On October 3

  • 1574
    The Siege of Leiden is lifted by the Watergeuzen.
  • 1712
    The Duke of Montrose issues a warrant for the arrest of Rob Roy MacGregor.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1995
    O. J. Simpson is acquitted of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

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