Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/October 3
This is a list of selected October 3 anniversaries that appears on the "On this day" section of the Main Page. To suggest a new item, in most cases you can be bold and edit this page. Please read the selected anniversaries guidelines before making your edit. However, if your addition might be controversial, or on a day that is or soon will be on the Main Page, please post your suggestion on the talk page instead.
Please note that the events listed on the Main Page are chosen based more on relative article quality and to maintain a mix of topics, not based solely on how important or significant their subjects are. Only 5–6 events are posted at a time and thus not everything that is "most important and significant" can be listed. In addition, an event is not generally posted this year if it is also the subject of the scheduled October 3, 2017 featured article or the October 3, 2017 featured picture.
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|; Hoshana Rabbah begins at sunset (Judaism, 2015)||neutrality issues|
|1283 – Dafydd ap Gruffydd the Prince of Wales, the last native ruler of Wales to resist English domination, was executed by drawing and quartering.||refimprove|
|1849 – American author Edgar Allan Poe was found delirious in a gutter in Baltimore, Maryland, under mysterious circumstances; it was the last time he was seen in public before his death four days later.||Moved to October 7, date of death|
|1929 – King Alexander I renamed the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes as the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, and changed its subdivisions from 33 oblasts to nine new banovinas.||refimprove|
|1942 – World War II: The first successful test of the German V-2 rocket, the world's first ballistic missile and first man-made item to achieve sub-orbital spaceflight, occurred.||refimprove section|
|1964 – According to a popular legend, the first Buffalo wings were first prepared at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York, US, as a fast and easy snack to present to hungry guests.||date not in article|
|1990 – East and West Germany officially joined to form the first fully sovereign united German state since the end of World War II.||synthesis|
|1995 – In a highly publicized criminal trial, actor and former American football player O. J. Simpson was acquitted for the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.||Featured on June 17, date of arrest|
|2003 – Roy Horn of the American entertainment duo of Siegfried & Roy was mauled by a tiger during a performance at The Mirage hotel and casino resort on the Las Vegas Strip.||multiple issues|
- 1935 – Italian forces under General Emilio De Bono invaded Abyssinia during the opening stages of the Second Italo-Abyssinian War.
- 1951 – Korean War: The First Battle of Maryang San, primarily pitting Australian and British forces against China, began.
- 1957 – A California Superior Court judge ruled that "Howl", a poem by Allen Ginsberg, was of "redeeming social importance" and thus not obscene.
- 1962 – Mercury-Atlas 8, the fifth United States manned space mission, launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
- 1963 – Oswaldo López Arellano replaced Honduran President Ramón Villeda Morales in a violent coup and initiated two decades of military rule.
- 1981 – The hunger strike by Irish Republican Army prisoners at the Maze jail in Belfast ended after seven months and ten deaths.
- 1993 – American armed forces attempted to capture officials of Somalian warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid's organization at the Battle of Mogadishu.
- 2333 BC – According to Korean legend, Dangun, the "grandson of heaven", established Gojoseon, the first Korean kingdom.
- 1918 – World War I: Following his armed forces' defeat by the Allied Powers, Bulgarian Tsar Ferdinand I abdicated in favor of his son Boris III (pictured).
- 1951 – In Major League Baseball, the New York Giants' Bobby Thomson hit the "Shot Heard 'Round the World", a game-winning home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to win the National League pennant.
- 1986 – After Soviet nuclear submarine K-219 had suffered an explosion and fire, sailor Sergei Preminin manually prevented an impending nuclear meltdown by means of a reactor SCRAM.
- 2013 – A boat carrying migrants from Libya to Italy sank off the Italian island of Lampedusa, with a second boat sinking eight days later.