What’s so great about April 3rd

  All of the following happened on April 3rd in the year . . .

  • 1043Edward the Confessor is crowned King of England.

  • 1860 – The first successful Pony Express run from Saint Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California begins.

  • 1882American Old West outlaw Jesse James is killed by Robert Ford for a $5,000 reward.

  • 1885Gottlieb Daimler is granted a German patent for his engine design.

  • 1936Bruno Richard Hauptmann is executed for the kidnapping and death of Charles Augustus Lindbergh II, the baby son of world-famous pilot Charles Lindbergh.

  • 1948President Harry Truman signs the Marshall Plan which authorizes $5 billion in aid for 16 countries.

  • 1953TV Guide is published for the first time.

  • 1968Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech.

  • 1973 – The first portable cell phone call is placed in New York City.

  • 1974The Super Outbreak occurs, the biggest tornado outbreak in recorded history. The death toll is 315, with nearly 5,500 injured.

  • 1975Bobby Fischer refuses to play in a chess match against Anatoly Karpov, giving Karpov the title of World Champion by default.

  • 2007 – An official new world record for conventional-train speed of 574.8 km/h (357.2 mph) is set by a French TGV on the LGV Est high speed line east of Paris.

About robertstevenson

Dr. Robert Stevenson is a Professor of Journalism and Director of Student Publications for the Department of Mass Communications and Theater at Lander University in Greenwood, SC. He received the Distinguished Faculty of the Year award for 2007-'08, and the Lander University Young Faculty Scholar Award in 2005-06. Stevenson also serves as chair of the Lander University American Democracy Project. First and Formost I am a dad of two wonderful boys.
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3 Responses to What’s so great about April 3rd

  1. ladyperfection says:

    What about other days? 🙂 And what will you write in next April 3rd?

  2. Next April 3rd, I’ll write that in 2008, Ladyperfection visited my blog! 🙂

  3. Jon says:

    Now you can write that I visited too!

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