Today In History, October 3, 2012: Cap’t Kangaroo… O.J. Simpson… Beltway Sniper… Obamas Marry.. Lindsey Buckingham… and more

Some Events That Happened Today

1955 “Captain Kangaroo” premiered on CBS and “The Mickey Mouse Club” premiered on ABC.
1960 “The Andy Griffith Show” premiered on CBS.
1961 “The Dick Van Dyke Show” premiered on CBS.
1974 The Cleveland Indians hired Frank Robinson as major league baseball’s first black manager.
1992 Barack Obama married Michelle Robinson at the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.

1995 A jury found ex-football player O.J. Simpson innocent of murder in the 1994 slayings of his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ronald Goldman.
2002 Five people were killed in random shootings in the Washington, D.C., area within a 14-hour period. Authorities began to search for the “Beltway Sniper.”
2003 A tiger attacked magician Roy Horn of the duo “Siegfried & Roy” during a performance in Las Vegas, leaving him partially paralyzed.
2009 Maine voters voted to repeal a state law that would have allowed same-sex couples to marry.
2011 An Italian appeals court freed Amanda Knox of Seattle after four years in prison, tossing murder convictions against Knox and an ex-boyfriend in the stabbing of their British roommate.

Happy Birthday To These Notables:

The legendary “Twist” artist, Ernest ‘Chubby Checker’ Evans is still alive and twistin’ at the age of 71 today.

Lindsey Buckingham, guitarist and leader of the legendary Fleetwood Mac, turns 63
The Rev. Al Sharpton, Civil rights activist, turns 58
Motley Crue Drummer, Tommy Lee, turns 50

“Scream”, “Drowning Mona” actress, Neve Campbell, turns 39
R&B singer, India.Arie, turns 37

Actor Seann William Scott turns 36
Acress/Singer, Ashlee Simpson-Wentz turns 28

30 Years Ago Today: John Mellencamp hit #1 for the first (and last time) on the Billboard Top 40 charts with “Jack & Diane” – replacing Steve Miller Band’s “Abracadabra”

Here is that complete Top 40 list for October 2, 1982

1 2 JACK AND DIANE –– John Cougar (Riva) (1 week at #1)

2 1 ABRACADABRA –– The Steve Miller Band (Capitol)
3 3 HARD TO SAY I’M SORRY –– Chicago (Full Moon)
4 4 EYE OF THE TIGER –– Survivor (Scotti Brothers)
5 5 YOU SHOULD HERE HOW SHE TALKS ABOUT YOU –– Melissa Manchester (Arista)
6 6 EYE IN THE SKY –– The Alan Parsons Project (Arista)
7 7 WHO CAN IT BE NOW –– Men At Work (Columbia)
8 8 SOMEBODY’S BABY –– Jackson Browne (Asylum)
9 15 I KEEP FORGETTIN’ (Every Time You’re Near) –– Michael McDonald (Warner Brothers)
10 9 HURTS SO GOOD –– John Cougar (Riva)
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11 12 YOU CAN DO MAGIC –– America (Capitol)
12 14 BLUE EYES –– Elton John (Geffen)
13 39 HEART ATTACK –– Olivia Newton-John (MCA)
14 21 I RAN (So Far Away) –– A Flock Of Seagulls (Jive)
15 27 BREAK IT TO ME GENTLY –– Juice Newton (Capitol)
16 16 THINK I’M IN LOVE –– Eddie Money (Columbia)
17 17 ONLY TIME WILL TELL –– Asia (Geffen)
18 18 LET ME TICKLE YOUR FANCY –– Jermaine Jackson (Motown)
19 19 HOLD ON –– Santana (Columbia)
20 20 DO YOU WANNA TOUCH ME (Oh Yeah) –– Joan Jett and the Blackhearts (Boardwalk)
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21 26 GLORIA –– Laura Branigan (Atlantic)
22 22 WHAT’S FOREVER FOR –– Michael Murphey (Liberty)
23 23 HOT IN THE CITY –– Billy Idol (Chrysalis)
24 24 BIG FUN –– Kool and the Gang (De-Lite)
25 25 JUMP TO IT –– Aretha Franklin (Arista)
26 34 DON’T FIGHT IT –– Kenny Loggins with Steve Perry (Columbia)
27 35 GYPSY –– Fleetwood Mac (Warner Brothers)
28 28 NEVER BEEN IN LOVE –– Randy Meisner (Epic)
29 29 VOYEUR –– Kim Carnes (EMI-America)
30 30 MAKE BELIEVE –– Toto (Columbia)
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31 31 YOU DROPPED A BOMB ON ME –– The Gap Band (Total Experience)
32 33 THE ONE YOU LOVE –– Glenn Frey (Asylum)
33 36 YOU DON’T WANT ME ANYMORE –– Steel Breeze (RCA)
34 52 HEARTLIGHT –– Neil Diamond (Columbia)
35 46 UP WHERE WE BELONG –– Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes (Island)
36 43 LOVE COME DOWN –– Evelyn King (RCA)
37 37 HOLDIN’ ON –– Tane Cain (RCA)
38 44 YOU KEEP RUNNIN’ AWAY –– 38 Special (A&M)
39 49 SWEET TIME –– REO Speedwagon (Epic)
40 40 LET IT BE ME –– Willie Nelson (Columbia)