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home : extras : e-extras May 16, 2021

4/3/2021 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - April 3

Reprinted By Permission
From OnThisDay.com


Today in History in 1513 Explorer Juan Ponce de Leon claims Florida for Spain, first known European to reach Florida; in 1882 American Old West outlaw Jesse James was killed by Robert Ford; and in 1973 the first portable cell phone call was made in New York City.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1513 - Explorer Juan Ponce de Leon claims Florida for Spain, 1st known European to reach Florida
  • 1645 - English Long Parliament passes the Self-Denying Ordinance, limiting regional armies, significant step toward New Model Army
  • 1776 - George Washington receives honorary Ll.D. degree from Harvard College
  • 1882 - American Old West: Outlaw Jesse James is killed by Robert Ford.
  • 1922 - Stalin appointed General Secretary of Communist Party
  • 1930 - Ras Tafari becomes Emperor Haile Selassie of Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
  • 1948 - US President Harry Truman signs Marshall Plan ($5B aid to 16 European countries)
  • 1973 - The first portable cell phone call is made in New York City, United States.
  • 2012 - US President Barack Obama officially secures Democratic presidential nomination


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Famous Birthdays

  • 1783 - Washington Irving, American writer (Legend of Sleepy Hollow), born in NYC, New York
  • 1822 - Edward Everett Hale, US, clergyman/author (Man without a Country)
  • 1893 - Leslie Howard, [Stainer], actor (Gone With the Wind), born in London, England
  • 1924 - Doris Day, Cincinnati Oh, "girl next door" actress (Pillow Talk)
  • 1928 - Earl Lloyd, 1st African American basketball player in the NBA, born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • 1934 - Jane Goodall, ethologist (studied African chimps), born in London, England
  • 1944 - Tony Orlando, singer (& Dawn-Tie a Yellow Ribbon), born in NYC, New York
  • 1958 - Alec Baldwin, Amityville NY, actor (Joshua-Knots Landing, Beetlejuice)
  • 1959 - David Hyde Pierce, NY, actor (Niles Crane-Fraiser)
  • 1961 - Eddie Murphy, Brooklyn New York, American actor (SNL, 48 Hours, Beverly Hills Cop, Raw)
  • 1972 - Jennie Garth, Champaign Ill, American actress (Kelly Taylor-Beverly Hills 90210)

Famous Weddings

  • 1920 - Novelist and short story writer Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (23) weds novelist Zelda Sayre (19) at New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral
  • 1920 - Author F. Scott Fitzgerald (23) weds novelist Zelda Fitzgerald (19) at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York
  • 2010 - "Love and Theft" country trio Eric Gunderson weds Emily Hagar (24) at sunset on the front porch of the historic Hazel Path mansion in Hendersonville, Tennessee
  • 2012 - Paramore guitar player Josh Farro (22) weds Jenna Rice in Tennessee
  • 2014 - Who's the Boss actor Danny Pintauro (38) weds partner Wil Tabares in Dana Point, California

Famous Deaths

  • 1882 - Jesse James, outlaw, shot dead at 34, in St Joseph Mo by Robert Ford
  • 1991 - Graham Greene, Brit writer (3rd Man, Our man in Havana), dies at 86
  • 1993 - Pinky Lee, kiddie host (Pinky Lee Show), dies of heart attack at 85
  • 1994 - Betty Furness, actress/news consumer reporter (WNBC), dies at 78
  • 1994 - Frank G Wells, US director (Walt Disney), dies at 62
  • 1994 - Jerome Lejeune, French geneticist (Syndrome of Down), dies at 67
  • 1996 - Ron Brown, American Secretary of Commerce, dies in an air accident aged 54
  • 2013 - Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, German-born British and American novelist and screenwriter, dies from pulmonary failure at 85
  • 2014 - Freda Kida, American cartoonist, dies at 93


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