On this day: October 3

POSTED: 10:53 PM PDT Oct 02, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Oct 02, 2013 

Bobby Thomson hits the "shot heard 'round the world," Woody Guthrie passes away, Germany comes together, and O.J. Simpson is found not guilty, all on this day.

OTD October 3 - Mercury program
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1962: The Sigma 7 spacecraft is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, with astronaut Wally Schirra aboard, for a six-orbit, nine-hour flight as part of NASA's Mercury program. The mission, America's fifth manned space mission, set a new record for the longest U.S. manned orbital flight, although it was well behind the several-day record set by the Soviet Vostok 3 earlier in the year.

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