TODAY IN HISTORY
Oct. 3, 1951
The New York Giants captured the National League pennant by a score of 5-4 as Bobby Thomson hit a three-run homer off Ralph Branca of the Brooklyn Dodgers in the “shot heard ’round the world.” ALSO ON THIS DATE
President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November Thanksgiving Day.
Adolf Hitler declared in a speech in Berlin that Russia had been “broken” and would “never rise again.” ‘’The Maltese Falcon” — the movie version starring Humphrey Bogart and directed by John Huston — opened in New York.
West Germany and East Germany ended 45 years of postwar division, declaring the creation of a reunified country.