Friday, April 3, 2015

Today in History: Friday, April 03, 2015

AP Highlight in History: 
On April 3, 1948, President Harry S. Truman signed the Marshall Plan, which allocated more than $5 billion in aid to help 16 European countries recover from World War II.
On this date in:
1783Author Washington Irving was born in New York City.
1860The Pony Express began service between St. Joseph, Mo., and Sacramento, Calif.
1865Union forces occupied the Confederate capital of Richmond, Va.
1882Outlaw Jesse James was shot to death in St. Joseph, Mo., by Robert Ford, a member of his gang.
1924Actor Marlon Brando was born in Omaha, Neb.
1936Bruno Hauptmann was electrocuted in Trenton, N.J., for the kidnap-murder of the Lindbergh baby.
1968Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "mountaintop" speech to a rally of striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tenn., less than 24 hours before he was assassinated.
Audio LinkExcerpt from King's speech
AP Photo/Charles Kelley
1996Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski was arrested.
1998The Dow Jones industrial average climbed above 9,000 for the first time.
2000A federal judge ruled that Microsoft Corp. had violated U.S. antitrust laws.
2004Surrounded by police, five suspects in the Madrid railway bombings blew themselves up in a building outside the Spanish capital, also killing a special forces agent.
2006Former Liberian President Charles Taylor pleaded not guilty before an international war crimes tribunal in Sierra Leone.
2009A Vietnamese immigrant opened fire in an immigrant community center in Binghamton, N.Y., killing 13 people before taking his own life.
2009Iowa's Supreme Court legalized gay marriage.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actor Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock") turns 57 years old today.
AP Photo/Evan Agostini
Doris DayActress, singer92
Helmut KohlFormer German chancellor85
Jane GoodallPrimatologist81
Marsha MasonActress73
Wayne NewtonSinger73
Tony OrlandoSinger71
Richard ThompsonRock musician66
Mick MarsRock musician (Motley Crue)59
David Hyde PierceActor ("Frasier")56
Sebastian BachRock singer (Skid Row)47
Jennie GarthActress ("Beverly Hills, 90210")43
Adam ScottActor ("Parks and Recreation")42
Matthew GoodeActor37
Leona LewisRock singer30
Amanda BynesActress29
Actor-comedian Eddie Murphy turns 54 years old today.
AP Photo/Peter Kramer
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