October 3 in Pop Culture History

October 3rd History, Trivia, and Fun Facts

October 3rd History Highlights

  • 1922 – Mrs. Rebecca Felton was the first female US Senator (Georgia, for two days)
  • 1955The Mickey Mouse Club premiered on ABC
  • 1990 – Germany Reunified as the Federal Republic of Germany
  • 1974 – Frank Robinson was named the first African-American MLB manager (Cleveland Indians)
  • If you were born on October 3rd,
    You were likely conceived the week of… January 10th (same year)

The Mickey Mouse Club

The Mickey Mouse Club was hosted by head Mousketeeer (and adult) Jimmie Dodd. The main cast members were called Mouseketeers, the most popular of the Mouseketeers were the Red Team, which was kept under contract for the entire run of the show (1955–1959), and its members included:

Sharon Baird, Bobby Burgess, Lonnie Burr, Tommy Cole, Annette Funicello, Darlene Gillespie, Cubby O’Brien, Karen Pendleton, Doreen Tracey, Cheryl Holdridge (second and third year), Nancy Abbate (only first year), Johnny Crawford (only first year), Dennis Day (first and second year), Mike Smith (only first year), Jay-Jay Solari (only second year), Don Underhill (only first year)

October 3rd is…

Butterfly and Hummingbird Day
Card Making Day
Caramel Custard Day
Look at the Leaves Day
Techies Day

October 3rd Birthday Quotes

“We all have to go through hard times. Tragedies. Those are given to us to see what we’re going to do with them.”
– Gwen Stefani

“At any given moment, public opinion is a chaos of superstition, misinformation, and prejudice.”
– Gore Vidal

“You see, we are here, as far as I can tell, to help each other – our brothers, our sisters, our friends, our enemies. That’s to help each other, not hurt each other.”
– Stevie Ray Vaughan

“Teenagers are people who act like babies if they’re not treated like adults.”
– Harvey Kurtzman

“I’m just grateful to be on this planet. I have no enemies that I know of. I’m just the guy who makes happy.”
– Chubby Checker

“I just find things that work and embellish them.”
– Lindsey Buckingham

“You know what the most destructive force in the universe is? Regret.”
– Tommy Lee

October 3rd Birthdays

1858 – Eleonora Duse, Italian-American actress (died in 1924)
1924 – Harvey Kurtzman, American cartoonist (died in 1993)
1925 – Gore Vidal, American novelist, screenwriter, and critic (died in 2012)
1938 – Eddie Cochran, American singer-songwriter (died in 1960)
1940 – Alan O’Day, American singer-songwriter (died in 2013)
1941 – Chubby Checker, American singer-songwriter
1949 – Lindsey Buckingham, American singer-songwriter
1951 – Keb’ Mo’, American blues musician and songwriter
1954 – Al Sharpton, American minister, and political activist
1954 – Stevie Ray Vaughan, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (died in 1990)
1959 – Jack Wagner, American actor, and singer
1962 – Tommy Lee, Greek-American singer-songwriter and drummer
1967 – Rob Liefeld, American comic book author, and illustrator
1969 – Gwen Stefani, American singer-songwriter
1973 – Lena Headey, British actress
1983 – Tessa Thompson, American actress
1988 – Alicia Vikander, Swedish actress

October 3rd History

1863 – The last Thursday in November was declared as Thanksgiving Day by US President Abraham Lincoln.

1872 – The Bloomingdale brothers opened their first store at 938 Third Avenue, in New York City.

1949 – WERD, the first black-owned radio station in the United States, opened in Atlanta. WERD was at 860 AM and is now WAEC.

1952The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet debuted

1955 – Captain Kangaroo premiered on CBS

1955 – The Mickey Mouse Club premiered on ABC

1957 – The California State Superior Court ruled that Allen Ginsberg’s Howl and Other Poems was not obscene.

1960 – The Andy Griffith Show premiered on CBS

1961 – The Dick Van Dyke Show premiered on CBS

1985 – The Space Shuttle Atlantis makes its first flight.

1988 – Turner Network Television (TNT) began on cable, with Gone With The Wind

1992- Singer Sinead O’Conner stirred up controversy when she ripped up a picture of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live

1995 – More than 150 million people tuned in for the announcement of the verdict in the O.J. Simpson trial. The not-guilty verdict was met with both praise and criticism. So many people (100 million+) were watching/listening to the O.J. Simpson verdict that it cost an estimated $480 million in lost productivity.

1998 – #1 Hit October 3, 1998 – October 16, 1998: Monica – The First Night

2004 – Desperate Housewives premiered on ABC

2015 – #1 Hit October 3, 2015 – November 13, 2015: The Weeknd – The Hills

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

As of 2014, Ashrita Furman had set 551 official Guinness Records and currently holds nearly 200 records, including the record for holding the most Guinness world records.

The Capital of Kuwait is Kuwait City

We live in a world where lemonade is made from Artificial Flavors and Furniture Polish is made from real Lemons.

NOAA announced it was to start using lowercase letters in forecasts by saying “NOAA’S NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECASTS WILL STOP YELLING AT YOU”

“Normally, someone would have to go to a bowling alley to meet someone of your stature.” – Hobson (John Gielgud) #moviequotes

The Canadian $100 bill featured an Asian woman on the back using a microscope. People complained that it was stereotyping Asians as being good at technology. She was replaced with a Caucasian woman, and then more people complained that Caucasians were being favored.

“Nobody puts Baby in a corner.” – Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze) in Dirty Dancing, 1987

“Goodbye Kid. Hurry back!” – Humphrey Bogart (spoken to wife Lauren Bacall as she left his bedside to go pick up their children) #LastWords

In 1989’s “The Little Mermaid” Scuttle’s name for a fork was “Dinglehopper.”

US President #20 James Garfield (1881-1881) President Garfield was shot by Charles Guiteau, a lawyer upset with Garfield because he denied Guiteau a diplomatic post. He probably died from the doctors’ poking and prodding and infection, as the bullet was lodged in a NOT life-threatening location!

Chevy Chase – Real Name: Cornelius Crane Chase

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