Today in history – October 3, 2019

1849 – Author Edgar Allan Poe is found delirious in a gutter in Baltimore under mysterious circumstances; it is the last time he is seen in public before his death.

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

1922 – Rebecca Felton, a Georgia Democrat, was chosen to become the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate following the death of Sen. Thomas E. Watson.

1990 – Formerly communist East Germany merged with West Germany, ending 45 years of post-war division.

1993 – Battle of Mogadishu: A firefight occurs during a failed attempt to capture key officials of warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid’s organization in Mogadishu, Somalia, costing the lives of 18 American soldiers.

1995 – O.J. Simpson is acquitted of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.