October 3

1226

St. Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan order, died.

1863

President Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.

1922

Rebecca L. Felton became the first woman U.S. Senator when she was appointed to serve out the term of Senator Thomas E. Watson.

1929

The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes formally changed its name to the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.

1955

Captain Kangaroo and The Mickey Mouse Club premiered on television.

1974

Frank Robinson was named the first African-American manager in major league baseball.

1990

East Germany and West Germany united to become Germany, 45 years after being split into two countries at the end of World War II.

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