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Encyclopaedia Britannica | On This Day
October 03
St. Francis of Assisi

FEATURED BIOGRAPHY

Saint Francis of Assisi

Italian saint

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Brandenburg Gate

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1990

Germany reunified

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1995: One of the most sensational trials in U.S. history ended as a jury found O.J. Simpson not guilty of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. [Learn about 10 “trials of the century,” including the O.J. Simpson trial.]
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1961: The Dick Van Dyke Show, a pioneer of the sitcom genre, began airing on CBS. [Watch an episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show.]

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