April 3


1776 – George Washington received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Harvard College .

1829 – James Carrington patented the coffee mill.

1860 – The first Pony Express riders left St. Joseph, MO and Sacramento, CA. The trip across country took about 10 days. The Pony Express only lasted about a year and a half.

1866 – Rudolph Eickemeyer and G. Osterheld patented a blocking and shaping machine for hats.

1882 – The American outlaw Jesse James was shot in the back and killed by Robert Ford for a $5,000 reward. There was later controversy over whether it was actually Jesse James that had been killed.

1910 – Alaska’s Mt. McKinley, the highest mountain in North America was climbed.

1933 – First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt informed newspaper reporters that beer would be served at the White House. This followed the March 22 legislation that legalized “3.2” beer.

1936 – Richard Bruno Hauptmann was executed for the kidnapping and death of the son of pilot Charles and Anne Lindbergh.

1942 – The Japanese began their all-out assault on the U.S. and Filipino troops at Bataan.

1953 – “TV Guide” magazine was published for the first time.

1956 – A deadly tornado twisted through Standale and Grand Rapids, MI. It left 307 injured and 19 dead. It caused $11 million in damages. It was only the second F-5 tornado to ever hit Michigan.

1959 – The BBC banned the Coasters song “Charlie Brown” because of the word “spitball”. Two weeks later the BBC changed its position on the song.

1968 – Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “mountaintop” speech just 24 hours before he was assassinated.

1973 – Martin Cooper of Motorola made the first handheld mobile phone call to Joel S. Engel of Bell Labs, though it took ten years for the DynaTAC 8000X to become the first such phone to be commercially released.

1974 – The Super Outbreak occurs, the second biggest tornado outbreak in recorded history (after the April 25-28, 2011 tornado outbreak). The death toll is 315, with nearly 5,500 injured.

1979 – Jane Byrne became the first female mayor in Chicago, IL.

1981 – The Osborne 1, the first successful portable computer, was unveiled at the West Coast Computer Faire in San Francisco, CA.

1982 – John Chancellor stepped down as anchor of the TV’s “The NBC Nightly News”. Roger Mudd and Tom Brokaw became the co-anchors of the show.

1986 – The U.S. national debt hit $2 trillion.

1989 – Pepsi dismissed Madonna as a spokesperson after her “Like a Prayer” video was called “blasphemous” by the Vatican.

1996 – Unabomber suspect Theodore Kaczynski was arrested in a cabin in Montana. He pleaded guilty in January 1998 to five Unabomber attacks in exchange for a life sentence without chance for parole.

1998 – The Dow Jones industrial average climbed above 9,000 for the first time.

2000 – A U.S. Federal judge ruled that Microsoft had violated U.S. antitrust laws by keeping “an oppressive thumb” on its competitors. Microsoft said that they would appeal the ruling.

2000 – The Nasdaq set a one-day record when it lost 349.15 points to close at 4,233.68.

2008 – Apple became the number one music seller in the United States.

2008 – ATA Airlines, once one of the ten largest U.S. passenger airlines and largest charter airline, filed for bankruptcy for the second time in five years and ceased all operations.

2010 – The first Apple iPad was released.

2014 – David Letterman announces that he would be retiring from TV’s “The Late Show”.



Doris Day 1922 – Singer, actress (“Pillow Talk”, “The Man Who Knew Too Much”, TV’s “The Doris Day Show”)

Jane Goodall 1934 – Anthropologist, author

Jeff Barry 1938 – Singer, songwriter (“”Do Wah Diddy Diddy”, “Da Doo Ron Ron”, “Then He Kissed Me”, “Be My Baby”, “Chapel of Love”, “River Deep – Mountain High”, “Leader of the Pack”, “Sugar, Sugar”)

Marsha Mason 1942 – Actress (“Cinderella Liberty”, “The Goodbye Girl”, “Chapter Two”, “Only When I Laugh”)

Wayne Newton 1942 – Singer, entertainer, “Mr. Las Vegas”

Jonathan Lynn 1943 – Actor, director, writer (“Nuns on the Run”, “My Cousin Vinny”,”The Fighting Temptations”, TV’s “Yes Minister”, “Yes, Prime Minister”)

Tony Orlando 1944 – Singer (“Candida”, “Knock Three Times”, “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree”)

Alec Baldwin 1958 – Actor (TV’s “30 Rock”, movies “Beetlejuice”, “The Hunt for Red October”, “To Rome With Love”, “Glengarry Glen Ross”, “The Cooler”)

David Hyde Pierce 1959 – Actor (TV’s “Frasier”)

Eddie Murphy 1961 – Comedian, actor (TV’s “Saturday Night Live”, movies “48 Hour”, “Beverly Hills Cop”, “Doctor Doolittle”, “Dreamgirls”, “Coming to America”, “Trading Places”, “The Nutty Professor”, “Shrek”)

Sebastian Bach 1968 – Singer (Skid Row)

Jennie Garth 1972 – Actress (TV’s “Beverly Hills 90210”, “What I Like About You”, Season 5 of “Dancing With the Stars”)

Matthew Goode 1978 – Actor (TV’s “The Good Wife”, movies “The Imitation Game”, “Watchmen”, “Match Point”)

Cobie Smulders 1982 – Actress (TV’s “How I Met Your Mother”, movies “The Avengers”, “Captain America”)

Leona Lewis 1985 – Singer (Won the UK version of TV’s “XFactor”)

Amanda Bynes 1986 – Actress (“Hairspray”, “She’s the Man”, “What a Girl Wants”, TV’s “What I Like About You”)



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