This Day in History – October 3rd

October 3rd
White tiger for the show by Siegfried & Roy at The Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 1990

Today is Wednesday, Oct. 3, the 276th day of 2018. There are 89 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On October 3rd, 2003, during a show at The Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, magician Roy Horn of duo “Siegfried & Roy” was bitten on the neck and dragged by a seven year old male white tiger named Montecore. The superstar illusionist was critically injured and sustained severe blood loss. While being taken to the hospital, Horn said, “Montecore is a great cat. Make sure no harm comes to Montecore.” Horn later said that the tiger “saved his life” by attempting to drag him to safety after he suffered a stroke. It was Horn’s 59th birthday.

On this date:

In 1789, President George Washington declared November 26, 1789, a day of Thanksgiving to express gratitude for the creation of the United States of America.

In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November Thanksgiving Day.

In 1941, Adolf Hitler declared in a speech in Berlin that Russia had been “broken” and would “never rise again.”

In 1951, the New York Giants captured the National League pennant by a score of 5-4 as Bobby Thomson hit a three-run homer off Ralph Branca of the Brooklyn Dodgers in the “shot heard ’round the world.”

In 1962, astronaut Wally Schirra became the fifth American to fly in space as he blasted off from Cape Canaveral aboard the Sigma 7 on a 9-hour flight.

In 1974, Frank Robinson was named major league baseball’s first black manager as he was placed in charge of the Cleveland Indians.

In 1990, West Germany and East Germany ended 45 years of postwar division, declaring the creation of a reunified country.

Thought for Today: “The worst disease in the world is the plague of vengeance.” — Dr. Karl Menninger, American psychiatrist (1893-1990).