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Events - October 3
1899 - The motor-driven vacuum cleaner was patented by J.S. Thurman of St. Louis, MO. Remember his advertising slogan? “You can be sure if it’s Thurman!”

1901 - The Victor Talking Machine Company was incorporated on this day. After a merger with Radio Corporation of America, RCA-Victor became the leader in phonographs and many of the records played on them. The famous Victrola phonograph logo, with Nipper the dog, and the words “His Master’s Voice”, appeared on all RCA-Victor phonographs and record labels.

1906 - One of the nation’s pioneer retailers, W.T. Grant, opened a 25-cent department store on this day in Lynn, Massachusetts.

1945 - Stan Kenton and his orchestra recorded "Painted Rhythm" for Capitol Records.

1946 - Dennis Day started his own radio show on NBC. Dennis, a popular tenor featured on "The Jack Benny Show", played the same naive young bachelor he played on the Benny show. "A Day in the Life of Dennis Day" aired for five years.

1951 - “The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! The Giants are the champs of the National League!” Listeners were hearing the voice of New York Giants play-by-play legend Russ Hodges on the ninth-inning heroics of Bobby Thomson. Thomson’s dramatic home run (off Dodger pitcher Ralph Branca) gave the Giants the pennant as they beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 5-4.

1951 - CBS-TV presented the first coast-to-coast telecast of a prize fight. The telecast saw Dave Sands kick Carl ‘Bobo’ Olson’s butt for the middleweight boxing crown at Soldier Field, Chicago.

1954 - One of the favorite TV shows of our time was first seen on this day. "Father Knows Best" began its long run on CBS, then made the move to NBC in 1956. For Jim Anderson (Robert Young) and family, it was a made-for-TV marriage of over eight wonderful years.

1955 - “Good Morning, Captain!” It was Bob Keeshan’s first day at work in what became a TV institution via CBS: "Captain Kangaroo". The children’s television milestone featured Mr. Green Jeans, Bunny Rabbit, Grandfather Clock, Mr. Moose and other characters.

1955 - "LIFE" magazine’s cover displayed Hollywood’s most handsome bachelor, Rock Hudson.

1955 - Walt Disney premiered "The Mickey Mouse Club" on ABC-TV.

1960 - "The Andy Griffith Show" premiered this night on CBS-TV. Maybe you remember the small town of Mayberry, North Carolina with its sheriff, Andy Taylor, played gently and philosophically by Andy Griffith. Andy was a widower with a young son, Opie, played by the now, award-winning, movie director Ron Howard. Other members of the cast of "The Andy Griffith Show" went on to become celebrated show biz stars, too: Don Knotts who played Andy’s deputy, Barney Fife; and Jim Nabors, the lovable, extremely naive gas station attendant, Gomer Pyle, come to mind. Since there was very little crime in Mayberry, the stories centered around the personal lives of the citizens, mainly that of Sheriff Andy Taylor. The sheriff was so beloved, that although the last show aired in September of 1968, millions of viewers continue to see "The Andy Griffith Show" in reruns. There’s even a worldwide organization, The Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Club (TAGSRWC), 12,000 members strong. And although Andy Griffith died July 3, 2012, it seems that Sheriff Andy Taylor will live forever.

1961 - Rob (Dick Van Dyke), Laura (Mary Tyler Moore), Sally (Rose Marie) and Buddy (Morey Amsterdam) debuted in "The Dick Van Dyke Show" on CBS-TV. Created by Carl Reiner, the show ran for five years (if you don’t include cable reruns).

1962 - The play, "Stop the World, I Want to Get Off!", opened. Broadway welcomed Anthony Newley to the stage with many standing ovations.

1986 - Two cinema greats, Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas, joined for their first comedic collaboration. Their seventh film together, "Tough Guys", was released. The film is best described as a modern "Rip Van Winkle" story.

1990 - On this day, just four days away from the 41st anniversary of the forming of the East German state, East and West Germany came together again. The reunification, originally scheduled to take place during the December parliamentary elections, occurred earlier because East Germany’s economy was in serious shape.

1995 - In a Los Angeles courtroom, O.J. Simpson was acquitted of the June 12, 1994 stabbing deaths of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and waiter, Ronald Goldman. Simpson smiled and nodded toward the jury, saying “Thank you, thank you.”

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Birthdays - October 3
1900 - Thomas Wolfe (author: Look Homeward Angel, You Can’t Go Home Again; died Sep 15, 1938)

1916 - James Herriot (James Alfred Wight) (veterinarian, author: All Creatures Great and Small; died Feb 23, 1995)

1924 - Harvey Kurtzman (cartoonist; founder of Mad magazine; died Feb 21, 1993)

1925 - Gore Vidal (writer: Myra Breckenridge, Burr; actor: Bob Roberts; died Jul 31, 2012)

1928 - Erik Bruhn (ballet dancer, choreographer; died Apr 1, 1986)

1929 - Andy Hebenton (hockey: NHL: NY Rangers, Boston Bruins)

1931 - Glenn Hall (Hockey Hall of Famer: goalie: Detroit Red Wings: Calder Trophy [1955-1956]; Chicago Black Hawks: Stanley Cup winner [1961], Vezina Trophy [1963]; St. Louis: Vezina Trophy: 1967, 1969])

1933 - Neale Fraser (tennis champion: Wimbledon [1960], U.S. Open [1959, 1960])

1934 - Harold Henning (golf: turned pro: 1953, joined PGA Tour: 1955, champ: Texas Open [1966], PGA Tour career earnings: $217,047; joined Senior Tour: 1984, champ: Seiko/Tucson Match Play [1985], GTE Classic [1988], 1991 First of America Classic [1991], Senior PGA Tour career earnings: $2,942,073; died Jan 1, 2004)

1935 - Madlyn Rhue (actress: A Majority of One, Executive Suite, Days of Our Lives, Bracken’s World, Houston Knights; died Dec 16, 2003)

1938 - Eddie (Ray Edward) Cochran (Rock and Roll Hall of Famer [1987]: singer: Summertime Blues, Sittin’ in the Balcony, Teenage Heaven, C’mon Everybody, Three Stars; films: The Girl Can’t Help It, Untamed Youth, Go Johnny Go; killed in car crash Apr 17, 1960)

1940 - Alan O’Day (songwriter: Angie Baby, Rock and Roll Heaven; singer: Undercover Angel; died May 17, 2013)

1941 - Mike Gallagher (skier: Olympic Men’s Skiing/Cross Country [1968, 1972], 4x10-Kilometer Relay [1968 w/Michael Elliott, Robert Gray, John Bower, 1972 w/Timothy Caldwell, Larry Martin, Michael Elliott])

1941 - Chubby Checker (Ernest Evans) (singer: The Twist, Pony Time, Let’s Twist Again, The Fly, Limbo Rock, Slow Twistin’ [w/Dee Dee Sharp])

1944 - Jack Gregory (football: Cleveland Browns, NY Giants)

1944 - Roy (Roy Uwe Ludwig Horn) (illusionist: Siegfried & Roy)

1949 - Lindsey Buckingham (musician: guitar: group: Fleetwood Mac: Big Love; LP: Rumours; solo: Trouble, Go Insane)

1950 - Pamela Hensley (actress: Double Exposure, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Kingston: Confidential, Marcus Welby, M.D., Matt Houston, 240-Robert)

1951 - Dave (David Mark) Winfield (Baseball Hall of Famer: SD Padres [all-star: 1977-1980], NY Yankees [World Series: 1981/all-star: 1981-1988], California Angels, Toronto Blue Jays [World Series: 1992], Minnesota Twins, Cleveland Indians)

1954 - Dennis (Lee) Eckersley (baseball: pitcher: Cleveland Indians [all-star: 1977], Boston Red Sox [all-star: 1982], Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics [World Series: 1988, 1989, 1990/all-star: 1988-1992/Cy Young Award: 1992/Baseball Writers’ Award: 1992], SL Cardinals)

1954 - Stevie Ray Vaughan (Grammy Award-winning blues guitarist [w/brother Jimmie]: Family Style, D/FW [1990]; solo: LP: Couldn’t Stand the Weather; killed in helicopter crash Aug 27, 1990)

1959 - Fred Couples (golf champion: Masters [1992])

1959 - Jack Wagner (actor: General Hospital, Melrose Place, Trapped in Space, Play Murder for Me; singer: All I Need)

1962 - Tommy Lee (Bass) (musician: drums: group: Motley Crue: LPs: Too Fast for Love, Shout at the Devil, Theatre of Pain)

Those Were the Days: Current Issues

Chart Toppers - October 3
1951
Because of You - Tony Bennett
I Get Ideas - Tony Martin
Cold, Cold Heart - Tony Bennett
Always Late (With Your Kisses) - Lefty Frizzell

1959
Sleep Walk - Santo & Johnny
Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin
Put Your Head on My Shoulder - Paul Anka
The Three Bells - The Browns

1967
The Letter - The Box Tops
Never My Love - The Association
Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie - Jay & The Techniques
Laura (What’s He Got That I Ain’t Got) - Leon Ashley

1975
I’m Sorry - John Denver
Fight the Power - The Isley Brothers
Run Joey Run - David Geddes
Daydreams About Night Things - Ronnie Milsap

1983
Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler
Making Love Out of Nothing at All - Air Supply
(She’s) Sexy + 17 - Stray Cats
New Looks from an Old Lover - B.J. Thomas

1991
I Adore Mi Amor - Color Me Badd
Good Vibrations - Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch/Loleatta Holloway
Emotions - Mariah Carey
Where Are You Now - Clint Black

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