On this day in History-Oct. 3

           On this day back in 1995, Hall of Fame running back O.J. Simpson was acquitted of the murders of wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman in a controversial criminal trial. Brown and Goldman were both murdered outside of Brown’s condominium on June 12, 1994.

This trial became known as “the trial of the century” as it took more than a year for the final verdict to be reached. On Oct. 3, 1995, half of the U.S. population witnessed the event on television when O.J. was found not guilty.

The immediate reaction to this verdict was also notable because of the dividing racial lines amongst the American citizens. A poll was taken on public opinion about the Simpson trial and it showed that the majority of the people who believed that justice had been served by the “not guilty” verdict were African-American.