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:
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
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)
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
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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