On this day: October 3

Posted: 1:53 AM EDT Oct 03, 2012   Updated: 2:00 AM EDT Oct 03, 2016

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 - Howl
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City Lights Books

1957: California State Superior Court Judge Clayton W. Horn dismisses a pornography charge brought against the publisher of Allen Ginsberg's poetry collection "Howl and Other Poems." In his decision, Horn declared the poem "Howl," which contains many references to illicit drugs and sexual practices, was not obscene because it carried "redeeming social importance," thus setting an important legal precedent regarding First Amendment issues.


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