Today in History

Listings for Thursday, October 3, 2019.


  • 1789 Washington proclaims the 1st national Thanksgiving Day on Nov 26
  • 1863 Lincoln designates the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving
  • 1913 Federal Income Tax is signed into law (at 1%).
  • 1932 Iraq gains full independence from Britain
  • 1942 Launch of the first A-4 (V-2) rocket to altitude of 53 miles
  • 1947 the first 200 inch telescope lens (for Mt Palomar) is completed.
  • 1955 Captain Kangaroo premieres. Good Morning, Captain!
  • 1960 San Francisco's White House department store is first to accept the BankAmericard in lieu of cash.
  • 1967 AF pilot Pete Knight flies the X-15 to a record 4,534 MPH.

That's all for today.

Today In History