This day in history: October 3

1789

Former President George Washington declared the first national Thanksgiving to be celebrated on Nov. 26, 1789.

1849

Edgar Allan Poe was seen in public for the last time before his death. Poe was found in a gutter in Baltimore, Maryland.

1863

Former President Abraham Lincoln designated the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day, following the tradition of George Washington.

1913

Former President Woodrow Wilson signed the Revenue Act of 1913 into law, which established a federal income tax of one percent on annual incomes above $3000.

1932

Iraq joined the League of Nations after gaining independence from Britain.

1961

“The Dick Van Dyke Show” premiered on CBS, starring Dick Van Dyke, which lasted five seasons.

2003

Siegfried and Roy cancelled their 13-year long live show in Las Vegas after Roy Horn was attacked by a tiger.

2008

O.J. Simpson was found guilty with charges of armed robbery and kidnapping, 13 years after being found not guilty for the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and acquaintance Ron Goldman.

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