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5 Things You Need to Know Today: Oct. 3

Oktoberfest and O.J. Simpson make it into the five things today.

Our weekday morning column, 5 Things You Need to Know, provides you with information that can help you plan your day and give you some fodder for water cooler conversations.

1. Looking for a bilingual story time for your child? Come to the at 10:30 a.m., 609 Main St.

2. Today is the official start of Oktoberfest in Germany, which began in 1810 to celebrate the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig (King Ludwig 1) to Princess Therese of Sachsen-Hildburghausen. It grew into an annual festival where the mayor of Munich taps a keg with Oktoberfest beer each year to kick off the celebration. The closest celebration in the area will take place on Shrewsbury Street in Worcester on Sunday, Oct. 9 from 5 to 10 p.m. with many local restaurants participating.

3. On this day in 1985, O.J. Simpson was acquitted of the double murder of his estranged wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. The 252-day trial was the longest trial in California and up until that point. An estimated 140 million Americans listened in on radio or watched on television as the verdict was delivered, according to history.com. Also on this day in 2008, Simpson was found guilty of 12 charges including armed robbery and kidnapping after he was arrested for breaking into a Las Vegas hotel room to retrieve sports memorabilia, which he alleged had been stolen from him at gunpoint. He was sentenced to 33 years in prison for the incident that took place in 2007.

4. Want to be more active? Come try the class at 6:30 p.m., at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 440 Main St.

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