Today in History: April 3, Unabomber Arrested

Today in History Today is Sunday, April 3, the 93rd day of 2022. There are 272 days left in the…

Today in History

Today is Sunday, April 3, the 93rd day of 2022. There are 272 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in the story:

On April 3, 1973, the first portable cell phone was shown to reporters on a New York street corner when Motorola executive Martin Cooper called Joel S. Engel of Bell Labs.

To this date :

In 1865, Union forces occupied the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia.

In 1882, outlaw Jesse James was shot in St. Joseph, Missouri by Robert Ford, a member of James’s gang.

In 1936, Bruno Hauptmann was electrocuted in Trenton, New Jersey, for the kidnapping-murder of Charles Lindbergh Jr.

In 1942, during World War II, Japanese forces launched their final assault on Bataan against American and Filipino troops who surrendered six days later; the surrender was followed by the famous Bataan death march.

In 1944, the United States Supreme Court, in Smith v. Allwright, struck down a Texas Democratic Party rule that only allowed white voters to participate in the Democratic primaries.

In 1948, President Harry S. Truman signed the Marshall Plan, designed to help European allies rebuild after World War II and resist communism.

In 1968, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. gave what turned out to be his last speech, telling a rally of striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee that “I went to the top of the mountain” and “I saw the Promised Land. I might not be with you. But I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the Promised Land! (About 20 hours later, King was shot by an assassin at the Lorraine Motel.)

In 1974, killer tornadoes began battering large areas of the South and Midwest before jumping across the border into Canada. over 300 deaths resulted from what became known as the Super Outbreak.

In 1978, at the Oscars, “Annie Hall” by Woody Allen was named best film of 1977; her co-star Diane Keaton won Best Actress while Richard Dreyfuss was honored as Best Actor for ‘The Goodbye Girl’.

In 1996, Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski (kah-ZIHN’-skee) was arrested in his remote cabin in Montana.

In 2014, David Letterman announced during a taping of the “Late Show” on CBS that he would be retiring as host in 2015. (Stephen Colbert (kohl-BEHR’) was named to replace him a week later.)

In 2020, President Donald Trump announced new federal guidelines recommending that Americans wear face coverings when out in public to help fight the spread of the coronavirus, but Trump immediately said he had no the intention to follow this advice itself; he said he couldn’t imagine himself covering his face as he sat in the Oval Office greeting world leaders.

Ten years ago: Mitt Romney tightened his grip on the Republican presidential nomination, sweeping the primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C. In a speech at the Associated Press annual meeting, President Barack Obama accused Republican leaders of having become so radical and rigid that even the late Ronald Reagan could not win a current GOP primary if he ran. Baylor ended an undefeated season with an 80-61 win over Notre Dame in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship Game.

Five years ago: A divided panel of the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11 to 9 along party lines to recommend Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch favorably to the full Senate. A suicide attack on a metro train in Saint Petersburg, Russia, left 16 dead and more than 50 injured; authorities identified the suicide bomber as a 22-year-old Russian national born in Kyrgyzstan. The NHL has announced that it will not participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. North Carolina scored the final eight points for a 71-65 win over Gonzaga and an NCAA title.

A year ago: Gonzaga defeated UCLA 93-90, while Baylor won 78-59 over Houston, to advance to the NCAA Basketball Tournament Championship Game, which would be won by Baylor.

Today’s birthdays: Environmental activist Dame Jane Goodall turns 88. Actor William Gaunt is 85 years old. Songwriter Jeff Barry is 84 years old. Actor Eric Braeden is 81 years old. Actor Marsha Mason is 80 years old. Singer Wayne Newton is 80 years old. Singer Tony Orlando is 78 years old. Comedy writer Pat Proft is 75. Folk-rock singer Richard Thompson is 73 years old. Country musician Curtis Stone (Highway 101) is 72 years old. Blues singer-guitarist John Mooney is 67 years old. Rock musician Mick Mars (Motley Crue) is 66 years old. Actor Alec Baldwin is 64 years old. David Hyde Pierce is 63 years old. Rock singer John Thomas Griffith (Cowboy Mouth) is 62 years old. Comedian-actor Eddie Murphy is 61 years old. Rock singer-musician Mike Ness (Social Distortion) is 60 years old. Rock singer Sebastian Bach is 54 years old. Rock musician James MacDonough is 52 years old. Olympic gold medalist ski racer Picabo Street is 51. Actor Jennie Garth is 50 years old. Actor Jamie Bamber is 49 years old. Actor Adam Scott is 49 years old. Christian rock musician Drew Shirley (Switchfoot) is 48. Comedian Aries Spears is 47 years old. Actor Matthew Goode is 44 years old. Actor Cobie Smulders is 40 years old. Rock-pop singer Leona Lewis is 37 years old. Actress Amanda Bynes is 36 years old. Actress and comedian Rachel Bloom is 35 years old. Actress Hayley Kiyoko is 31 years old. Rock musician Sam Kiszka (Greta Van Fleet) is 23 years old.

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