Today is Tuesday, Oct. 3, the 276th day of 2017 with 90 to follow.
The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mars and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter and Saturn.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Libra. They include Cherokee Chief John Ross, who led opposition to the forced move of his people to what is now Oklahoma, in 1790; actor Warner Oland ("Charlie Chan") in 1879; writer Gore Vidal in 1925; hockey Hall of Fame member Glenn Hall in 1931 (age 86); rock 'n' roll singer Chubby Checker in 1941 (age 76); Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Lindsey Buckingham in 1949 (age 68); musician Keb' Mo' in 1951 (age 66); activist Rev. Al Sharpton in 1954 (age 63); guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan in 1954; golf Hall of Fame member Fred Couples in 1959 (age 58); actor/singer Jack Wagner in 1959 (age 58); rock drummer Tommy Lee in 1962 (age 55); actor Clive Owen in 1964 (age 53); singer Gwen Stefani in 1969 (age 48); rapper Black Thought (The Roots) in 1971 (age 45); singer Kevin Richardson (Backstreet Boys) in 1971 (age 46); actor Lena Headey in 1973 (age 44); actor Neve Campbell in 1973 (age 44); singer India.Arie in 1975 (age 42); rapper Talib Kweli in 1975 (age 42); actor Sean William Scott in 1976 (age 41); Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Josh Klinghoffer (Red Hot Chili Peppers) in 1979 (age 38); NFL wide receiver Anquan Boldin in 1980 (age 37); actor Tessa Thompson in 1983 (age 34); singer Ashlee Simpson in 1984 (age 33); rapper ASAP Rocky in 1988 (age 29); actor Alicia Vikander in 1988 (age 29); actor Noah Schnapp in 2004 (age 13).
On this date in history:
In 1919, Cincinnati Reds pitcher Dolf Luque becomes the first Latino player to appear in a World Series. Luque was born in Havana, Cuba on Aug. 4, 1890.
In 1922, Rebecca Felton, a Georgia Democrat, was chosen to become the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate following the premature death of Sen. Thomas E. Watson.
In 1932, following 17 years of British rule, Iraq gained its independence from the United Kingdom and was admitted to the League of Nations.
In 1935, Italy invaded Ethiopia, starting the Second Italo-Ethiopian War. Italy's invasion of Ethiopia, a fellow member of the League of Nations, exposed the ineffectiveness of the League, and its inability to exert control over member nations when violating its own statutes.
In 1952, Britain successfully tested its first atomic bomb, becoming the world's third nuclear power.
In 1955, the children's TV show Captain Kangaroo with Bob Keeshan in the title role was broadcast for the first time.
In 1967, folksinger and songwriter Woody Guthrie died at the age of 55.
In 1972, U.S. President Richard Nixon and Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko signed strategic arms limitation agreements, putting the first restrictions on the two countries' nuclear weapons.
In 1990, formerly communist East Germany merged with West Germany, ending 45 years of post-war division.
In 1992, Bill Gates, the college-dropout founder of Microsoft Corp., became the youngest person to top the Forbes magazine list of the 400 richest Americans, with a net worth of $6.3 billion.
In 1995, O.J. Simpson was acquitted of charges that he killed his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman. The trial, which had intense media coverage, lasted more than eight months.
In 2007, U.S. President George W. Bush vetoed a bill that would have increased funding of the State Children's Health Insurance Program to provide health coverage to more than 10 million children. Bush said the proposal was a move toward universal healthcare, which he opposed.
In 2011, American Amanda Knox was acquitted on appeal of murder in Perugia, Italy, two years after being convicted of killing her British roommate.
In 2012, U.S. President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney engaged in the first of three debates. The consensus among political analysts, focus group participants and snap polls was that Romney gave the better performance in the debate in Denver.
In 2013, a woman who led police on a car chase from the White House to the U.S. Capitol was shot to death by officers. Authorities said a young child in the back seat of the car was unharmed.
A thought for the day: "It's hard to beat a person who never gives up." -- Babe Ruth
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