On this day: October 3

Published: Oct 03 2012 01:53:54 AM EDT   Updated On: Oct 03 2013 02:00:00 AM EDT

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 - Gordie Howe
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1997: Former NHL great Gordie Howe, 69, makes a return to the ice, playing one shift for the International Hockey League's Detroit Vipers. In doing so, he became the only player in hockey history to compete in six different decades at the professional level, having played in the NHL, WHA and IHL from the 1940s to 1990s.

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