It happened today – this day in history – October 3

1226: Death of St Francis of Assisi.

1712: The Duke of Montrose issues a warrant for the arrest of Rob Roy MacGregor.

1778: Captain James Cook anchors at Alaska.

1849: Author Edgar Allen Poe is found delerious in a gutter under mysterious circumstances.

1908: The newspaper Pravda is founded by Leon Trotsky and other Russian exiles in Vienna.

1926: English long distance runner Violet Piercy sets first recognised female marathon record.

1929: The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats & Slovenes changes its name to Yugoslavia.

1941: The Maltese Falcon starring Humphrey Bogart premiers in New York.

1957: Willy Brandt is elected mayor of West Berlin.

1967: Death of American folk singer Woody Guthrie.

1968: A military coup overthrows President Fernando Belaúnde Terry in Peru.

1971: Tennis player Billie Jean King becomes the first athlete to win $100,000 prize money in a single year.

1971: Jackie Stewart wins the Formula 1 Drivers Championship for the second time.

1989: An attempted coup to overthrow Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega fails.

1992: Madonna’s Erotica video premiers on MTV.

1992: Sinead O’Connor rips up a picture of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live.

1993: Boris Yeltsin declares a state of emergency in Moscow.

2005: Death of comedian Ronnie Barker.

BIRTHDAYS: Lindsey Buckingham, musician, 70; Fred Couples, golfer, 60; Tommy Lee, drummer (Motley Crue), 59; Clive Owen, actor, 55; Gwen Stefani, singer, 50; Lena Headey, actress, 46; Seann William Scott, actor, 43; Jake Shears, singer (Scissor Sisters), 41; Zlatan Ibrahimovic, former footballer, 38; Danny O’Donoghue, singer (The Script), 36; Alicia Vikander, actress, 31.

Mick Ferris

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