On This Day October 3
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1960 – Set in small-town Mayberry, North Carolina, “The Andy Griffith Show” debuts, featuring Griffith as Sheriff Andy Taylor, Ron Howard (then Ronnie) as his son, Opie, and Don Knotts as Deputy Barnie Fife.
1995 – A Los Angeles jury acquits football star O.J. Simpson of the brutal 1994 double-murder of his estranged wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, ending an epic 252-day trial that became a media spectacle. An estimated 140 million Americans tune in to live coverage of the verdict.
1970 – Diana Ross is perched at the summit of the Billboard Hot 100 with “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” The track, a cover of the 1967 hit single by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, becomes Ross’ first No. 1 after leaving The Supremes. It also garners her a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
1992 – Sinead O’Connor belts out a haunting a capella cover of Bob Marley’s “War” on “Saturday Night Live,” then stuns the audience by tearing up a photo of Pope John Paul II while singing about the victory of good over evil. She finishes her performance by shouting, “Fight the real enemy!” O’Connor is subsequently banned from the show for life.