Highlights of this day in history: O.J. Simpson found not guilty of murder at his criminal trial; St. Francis of Assisi dies; Germany reunifies; Baseball's 'shot heard 'round the world'; 'Captain Kangaroo' and 'Mickey Mouse Club' hit TV. (Oct. 3)
CAMILLE BOHANNON: October 3, 1995-- in California, a verdict in the murder trial of ex-football player OJ Simpson.
- We the jury in the above-entitled action find the defendant Orenthal James Simpson not guilty of the crime of murder--
JOHNNIE COCHRAN: Yes!
CAMILLE BOHANNON: Simpson is found not guilty of killing his ex-wife Nicole and Ronald Goldman. Two years later, a civil trial finds Simpson liable for the slayings, ordering him to pay millions of dollars to the victims' families.
1226-- St. Francis of Assisi, the founder of the Franciscan order, dies. Known for his devotion to the poor, he is made a Catholic saint two years later.
1990-- West and East Germany become one country again, reunifying after 45 years apart. That division lasted from the Nazi defeat in World War II through the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe.
- The Giants won the pennant! The Giants won the pennant! The Giants won the pennant!
CAMILLE BOHANNON: Baseball's shot heard 'round the world in the deciding National League playoff game in New York. Bobby Thomson, with the New York Giants, hits a three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Giants beat the Brooklyn Dodgers and head for the World Series, losing to the New York Yankees.
Birth of two children's TV classics. "Captain Kangaroo" arrives on CBS--
(SINGING) M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E!
--while "The Mickey Mouse Club" premieres on ABC. Today in History, October 3. Camille Bohannon, the Associated Press.
(SINGING) Come along and sing a--