April 3rd Events

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April 3rd, 2007 (April 03 2007)EventConventional-Train World Speed Record: a French TGV train on the LGV Est high speed line sets an official new world speed record.
April 3rd, 2004 (April 03 2004)EventIslamic terrorists involved in the 11 March 2004 Madrid attacks are trapped by the police in their apartment and kill themselves.
April 3rd, 2000 (April 03 2000)EventUnited States v. Microsoft: Microsoft is ruled to have violated United States antitrust laws by keeping "an oppressive thumb" on its competitors.
April 3rd, 1997 (April 03 1997)EventThalit massacre begins in Algeria; all but 1 of the 53 inhabitants of Thalit are killed by guerrillas.
April 3rd, 1996 (April 03 1996)EventSuspected "Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski is arrested at his Montana, United States cabin.
April 3rd, 1996 (April 03 1996)EventA United States Air Force airplane carrying United States Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown crashes in Croatia, killing all 35 on board.
April 3rd, 1982 (April 03 1982)EventGreat Britain sends a naval task force to the south Atlantic to reclaim the disputed Falkland Islands from Argentina.
April 3rd, 1975 (April 03 1975)EventBobby Fischer refuses to play in a chess match against Anatoly Karpov, giving Karpov the title of World Champion by default.Bobby Fischer Quotes
April 3rd, 1974 (April 03 1974)EventThe Super Outbreak occurs, the biggest tornado outbreak in recorded history. The death toll is 315, with nearly 5,500 injured.
April 3rd, 1973 (April 03 1973)EventThe first portable cell phone call is made in New York City, United States.
April 3rd, 1969 (April 03 1969)EventVietnam War: U.S. Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird announces that the United States will start to "Vietnamize" the war effort.
April 3rd, 1968 (April 03 1968)EventMartin Luther King Jr. delivers his "I ve Been to the Mountaintop" speech.Martin Luther Quotes
April 3rd, 1956 (April 03 1956)EventHudsonville-Standale Tornado: The western half of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan is struck by a deadly F5 tornado.
April 3rd, 1955 (April 03 1955)EventThe American Civil Liberties Union announces it will defend Allen Ginsberg s book Howl against obscenity charges.
April 3rd, 1948 (April 03 1948)EventPresident Harry S. Truman signs the Marshall Plan, authorizing $5 billion in aid for 16 countries.Harry S. Truman Quotes
April 3rd, 1948 (April 03 1948)EventIn Jeju, South Korea, a civil-war-like period of violence and human rights abuses begins, known as the Jeju massacre.
April 3rd, 1946 (April 03 1946)EventJapanese Lt. General Masaharu Homma is executed in the Philippines for leading the Bataan Death March.
April 3rd, 1942 (April 03 1942)EventWorld War II: Japanese forces begin an assault on the United States and Filipino troops on the Bataan Peninsula.
April 3rd, 1936 (April 03 1936)EventBruno Richard Hauptmann is executed for the kidnapping and death of Charles Augustus Lindbergh II, the baby son of pilot Charles Lindbergh.
April 3rd, 1929 (April 03 1929)EventRMS Queen Mary is ordered from John Brown & Company Shipbuilding and Engineering by Cunard Line.
April 3rd, 1922 (April 03 1922)EventJoseph Stalin becomes the first General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.Joseph Stalin Quotes
April 3rd, 1917 (April 03 1917)EventVladimir Lenin arrives in Russia from exile, marking the beginning of Bolshevik leadership in the Russian Revolution.Vladimir Lenin Quotes
April 3rd, 1895 (April 03 1895)EventTrial of the libel case instigated by Oscar Wilde begins, eventually resulting in his imprisonment on charges of homosexuality.Oscar Wilde Quotes
April 3rd, 1885 (April 03 1885)EventGottlieb Daimler is granted a German patent for his engine design.
April 3rd, 1882 (April 03 1882)EventAmerican Old West: Outlaw Jesse James is killed by Robert Ford.
April 3rd, 1865 (April 03 1865)EventAmerican Civil War: Union forces capture Richmond, Virginia, the capital of the Confederate States of America.
April 3rd, 1860 (April 03 1860)EventThe first successful United States Pony Express run from Saint Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California begins.
April 3rd, 1834 (April 03 1834)EventThe generals in the Greek War of Independence stand trial for treason.
April 3rd, 1559 (April 03 1559)EventThe Peace of Cateau-Cambresis treaty is signed, ending the Italian Wars.
April 3rd, 1077 (April 03 1077)EventThe first Parliament of Friuli is created.
April 3rd, 1043 (April 03 1043)EventEdward the Confessor is crowned King of England.

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