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April 3 Historical Events

The following events took place on April 3. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 41 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 503 BC
    According to the Fasti Triumphales, Roman consul Publius Postumius Tubertus celebrated an ovation for a military victory over the Sabines.
  • 686
    Maya king Yuknoom Yich‘aak K'ahk’assumes the crown of Calakmul.
  • 801
    King Louis the Pious captures Barcelona from the Moors after a siege of several months.
  • 1043
    Edward the Confessor is crowned King of England.
  • 1077
    The first Parliament of Friuli is created.
  • 1559
    The Peace of Cateau-Cambrésis treaty is signed, ending the Italian Wars.
  • 1834
    The generals in the Greek War of Independence stand trial for treason.
  • 1860
    The first successful United States Pony Express run from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California, begins.
  • 1865
    American Civil War: Union forces capture Richmond, Virginia, the capital of the Confederate States of America.
  • 1882
    American Old West: Jesse James is killed by Robert Ford.
  • 1885
    Gottlieb Daimler is granted a German patent for his engine design.
  • 1888
    The first of eleven unsolved brutal murders of women committed in or near the impoverished Whitechapel district in the East End of London, occurs.
  • 1895
    The trial in the libel case brought by Oscar Wilde begins, eventually resulting in his imprisonment on charges of homosexuality.
  • 1922
    Joseph Stalin becomes the first General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
  • 1929
    RMS Queen Mary is ordered from John Brown & Company Shipbuilding and Engineering by Cunard Line.
  • 1933
    First flight over Mount Everest, a British expedition, led by the Marquis of Clydesdale, and funded by Lucy, Lady Houston.
  • 1936
    Bruno Richard Hauptmann is executed for the kidnapping and death of Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr., the baby son of pilot Charles Lindbergh.
  • 1942
    World War II: Japanese forces begin an assault on the United States and Filipino troops on the Bataan Peninsula.
  • 1946
    Japanese Lt. General Masaharu Homma is executed in the Philippines for leading the Bataan Death March.
  • 1948
    United States President Harry S. Truman signs the Marshall Plan, authorizing $5 billion in aid for 16 countries.
  • 1948
    In Jeju Province, South Korea, a civil-war-like period of violence and human rights abuses begins, known as the Jeju massacre.
  • 1955
    The American Civil Liberties Union announces it will defend Allen Ginsberg’s book Howl against obscenity charges.
  • 1956
    Hudsonville–Standale tornado: The western half of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan is struck by a deadly F5 tornado.
  • 1961
    The Leadbeater’s possum is rediscovered in Australia after 72 years.
  • 1968
    Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his “I've Been to the Mountaintop” speech.
  • 1969
    Vietnam War: United States Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird announces that the United States will start to “Vietnamize” the war effort.
  • 1973
    Martin Cooper of Motorola makes 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 1974 Super Outbreak occurs, the second biggest tornado outbreak in recorded history (after the 2011 Super Outbreak). The death toll is 315, with nearly 5,500 injured.
  • 1975
    Bobby Fischer refuses to play in a chess match against Anatoly Karpov, giving Karpov the title of World Champion by default.
  • 1981
    The Osborne 1, the first successful portable computer, is unveiled at the West Coast Computer Faire in San Francisco.

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