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On This Day: Rebecca Felton is 1st woman to serve in U.S. Senate

On Oct. 3, 1922, Rebecca Felton, a Georgia Democrat, was chosen to become the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate.

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U.S. Sen. Rebecca Felton of Georgia, the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate, stands on the steps of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. On October 3, 1922, Felton was chosen to become the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate following the premature death of Sen. Thomas E. Watson. She was sworn in November 21, 1922. File Photo by National Photo Company/Library of Congress
U.S. Sen. Rebecca Felton of Georgia, the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate, stands on the steps of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. On October 3, 1922, Felton was chosen to become the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate following the premature death of Sen. Thomas E. Watson. She was sworn in November 21, 1922. File Photo by National Photo Company/Library of Congress

Oct. 3 (UPI) -- On this date in history:

In 1919, Cincinnati Reds pitcher Dolf Luque becomes the first Latino player to appear in a World Series. Luque was born in Havana, Cuba, on Aug. 4, 1890.

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In 1922, Rebecca Felton, a Georgia Democrat, was chosen to become the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate following the premature death of Sen. Thomas E. Watson.

In 1932, following 17 years of British rule, Iraq gained its independence from the United Kingdom and was admitted to the League of Nations.

In 1935, Italy invaded Ethiopia, starting the Second Italo-Ethiopian War. Italy's invasion of Ethiopia, a fellow member of the League of Nations, exposed the ineffectiveness of the League, and its inability to exert control over member nations when violating its own statutes.

In 1952, Britain successfully tested its first atomic bomb, becoming the world's third nuclear power.

In 1955, the children's TV show Captain Kangaroo with Bob Keeshan in the title role was broadcast for the first time.

In 1967, folksinger and songwriter Woody Guthrie died at the age of 55.

In 1972, U.S. President Richard Nixon and Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko signed strategic arms limitation agreements, putting the first restrictions on the two countries' nuclear weapons.

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In 1990, formerly communist East Germany merged with West Germany, ending 45 years of post-war division.

In 1992, Bill Gates, the college-dropout founder of Microsoft Corp., became the youngest person to top the Forbes magazine list of the 400 richest Americans, with a net worth of $6.3 billion.

In 1993, the two-day Battle of Mogadishu began during the Somali Civil War, killing 19 Americans and between 200 and 300 Somalis. The militia shot down two U.S. Black Hawk helicopters and became the inspiration for the movie Black Hawk Down.

In 1995, O.J. Simpson was acquitted of charges that he killed his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman. The trial, which had intense media coverage, lasted more than eight months.

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In 2007, U.S. President George W. Bush vetoed a bill that would have increased funding of the State Children's Health Insurance Program to provide health coverage to more than 10 million children. Bush said the proposal was a move toward universal healthcare, which he opposed.

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In 2011, American Amanda Knox was acquitted on appeal of murder in Perugia, Italy, two years after being convicted of killing her British roommate.

In 2021, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady passed former New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees to become the NFL's career passing yardage leader in a defeat of Brady's former team, the New England Patriots.

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