Not quite satisfied at having become a woman, our ex-bear prayed beneath Sindansu (a sacred tree) to be blessed with child and Hwanung, hearing her prayers (and spotting an opportunity too, no doubt), took her for his wife and, by and by, along comes Dangun Wanggeom, who would go on to found the Gojoseon state. Less likely is it that this is from where we get the term “to bear a child.” Followers of Daejongism consider October 3 as the Festival of the Opening of Heaven, the day being a public holiday in South Korea.
uninsulated explosive device, seeing it failed to get much sorting out done and meant they’d have to do it all again (hence the name: First Battle of). On one side were our old friends, Mark Antony and Octavian, whilst on the other stood Brutus and Cassius, slayers of Caesar two years before, Caesar himself being the bloke that famously pooh-poohed the warning about being a bit careful come March 15. It seems that the seer had warned old Julius to expect a spot of bother “no later than the Ides of March” and, on that very day, the Emperor is on his way to the theatre when he spots the said haruspex and can’t resist reminding him, rather smugly and somewhat complacently, that “the Ides of March have come,” to which the swift reply is, “Aye, Caesar, but not gone.”
Meanwhile, Cassius had been taking a darn good thrashing from Antony and, to make matters worse, he then hears a rumour (false, as it turns out) that Brutus is faring equally as badly. So he commits suicide, just to be on the safe side. Well, what he actually does is to order Pindarus to kill him in exchange for his freedom. With the very blade he had used to cut down Caesar. To put the tin lid squarely on it, it could’ve been Pindarus that had spread the rumour in the first place, and October 3 also just happened to be Cassius’s birthday. As he probably remarked whilst the knife was going in, “I’ve had better ones.” Brutus, in actual fact, had been doing rather well but then his troops decided that a bit of looting was in order and so stopped to do that instead of pressing home their advantage. The result was a draw, though in achieving this stalemate Cassius lost 9,000 men and Octavian 18,000. They fought it out again on the 23rd, and this time it was Brutus who fell on his own sword.
Well, we seem to have spent so long establishing all the above that there’s not enough time even to mention all the other things that happened on this day. Like the Staedtler Company being founded in 1835 (they’re the pencil people); or Edgar Allan Poe being found delirious in a gutter in Baltimore in 1849 (his “last public appearance”); or J.S. Thurman patenting the vacuum cleaner in 1899, which he sold as a door-to-door service at four dollars a go; or the first photo being faxed in 1922, since which the quality has never improved even one iota; or Elvis making his first public appearance, aged 10, in 1945; or the momentous October 3 night of 1990, which saw the crumbling of the Berlin Wall. Pity, that: there were probably some good stories in amongst that lot.
We will, however, just give a brief mention to the fact that this day in 1995 was the one on which O.J. Simpson was found not guilty of the murder of Nicole Simpson & Ron Goldman. Yes, he might well have been seen on national television fleeing from a police pursuit with the blood still warm on his hands but, come on, be fair, the glove clearly didn’t fit him, did it? October 3 would pay him heartily back for the smug supercilious grin he wore that day as the verdict was announced because, thirteen years later to the very day, in 2008, he was finally found guilty of numerous other charges. He is now serving a thirty three year sentence.
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