What happened on April 3? There are more than 279 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About April 3

April 3 In HistoryApril 3 is the 94th day of the year 2020. There are 272 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday. This day falls under the 14th week of the year 2020.

On this day in Raleigh, North Carolina 27634 sunrise occured at 06:56 AM and sunset occured at 07:38 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Aries. The modern birthstone for this month is Diamond while the mystical birthstone is Opal.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 315 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For April 3

  • 33
    Generally agreed-upon date for the historical crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth, the central figure of Christianity.
  • 1043
    Edward the Confessor is crowned King of England.
  • 1077
    The first Parliament of Friuli is created.
  • 1559
    The Peace of Cateau-Cambrésis treaty is signed, ending the Italian Wars.
  • 1834
    The generals in the Greek War of Independence stand trial for treason.
  • 1860
    The first successful United States Pony Express run from Saint Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California begins.
  • 1865
    American Civil War: Union forces capture Richmond, Virginia, the capital of the Confederate States of America.
  • 1882
    American Old West: Jesse James is killed by Robert Ford.
  • 1885
    Gottlieb Daimler is granted a German patent for his engine design.
  • 1888
    The first of 11 unsolved brutal murders of women committed in or near the impoverished Whitechapel district in the East End of London, occurs.
  • 1895
    Trial of the libel case instigated by Oscar Wilde begins, eventually resulting in his imprisonment on charges of homosexuality.
  • 1922
    Joseph Stalin becomes the first General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
  • 1929
    RMS Queen Mary is ordered from John Brown & Company Shipbuilding and Engineering by Cunard Line.
  • 1933
    First flight over Mount Everest, a British expedition, led by the Marquis of Clydesdale, and funded by Lucy, Lady Houston
  • 1936
    Bruno Richard Hauptmann is executed for the kidnapping and death of Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr., the baby son of pilot Charles Lindbergh.
  • 1942
    World War II: Japanese forces begin an assault on the United States and Filipino troops on the Bataan Peninsula.
  • 1946
    Japanese Lt. General Masaharu Homma is executed in the Philippines for leading the Bataan Death March.
  • 1948
    In Jeju, South Korea, a civil-war-like period of violence and human rights abuses begins, known as the Jeju massacre.
  • 1948
    President Harry S. Truman signs the Marshall Plan, authorizing $5 billion in aid for 16 countries.
  • 1955
    The American Civil Liberties Union announces it will defend Allen Ginsberg’s book Howl against obscenity charges.
  • 1956
    Hudsonville-Standale Tornado: The western half of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan is struck by a deadly F5 tornado.
  • 1961
    The Leadbeater’s Possum is rediscovered in Australia after 72 years.
  • 1968
    Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his “I've Been to the Mountaintop” speech.
  • 1969
    Vietnam War: United States Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird announces that the United States will start to “Vietnamize” the war effort.
  • 1973
    Martin Cooper of Motorola made the first handheld mobile phone call to Joel S. Engel of Bell Labs, though it took ten years for the DynaTAC 8000X to become the first such phone to be commercially released.
  • 1974
    The Super Outbreak occurs, the biggest tornado outbreak in recorded history. The death toll is 315, with nearly 5,500 injured.
  • 1975
    Bobby Fischer refuses to play in a chess match against Anatoly Karpov, giving Karpov the title of World Champion by default.
  • 1981
    The Osborne 1, the first successful portable computer, is unveiled at the West Coast Computer Faire in San Francisco.
  • 1996
    A United States Air Force airplane carrying United States Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown crashes in Croatia, killing all 35 on board.
  • 1996
    Suspected “Unabomber” Theodore Kaczynski is arrested at his cabin in Montana, United States.
  • 1997
    The Thalit massacre begins in Algeria; all but 1 of the 53 inhabitants of Thalit are killed by guerrillas.
  • 2000
    United States v. Microsoft: Microsoft is ruled to have violated United States antitrust laws by keeping “an oppressive thumb” on its competitors.
  • 2004
    Islamic terrorists involved in the 11 March 2004 Madrid attacks are trapped by the police in their apartment and kill themselves.
  • 2007
    Conventional-Train World Speed Record: a French TGV train on the LGV Est high speed line sets an official new world speed record.
  • 2008
    ATA Airlines, once one of the 10 largest U.S. passenger airlines and largest charter airline, files for bankruptcy for the second time in 5 years and ceases all operations.
  • 2008
    Texas law enforcement cordons off the FLDS’s YFZ Ranch. Eventually 533 women and children will be removed and taken into state custody.

Who Were Born On April 3?

  • 1151
    Igor Svyatoslavich, Kievan Rus’ prince (d. 1202)
  • 1367
    King Henry IV of England (d. 1413)
  • 1529
    Michael Neander, German mathematician and astronomer (d. 1581)
  • 1593
    George Herbert, English poet and orator (d. 1633)
  • 1643
    Charles V, Duke of Lorraine, general of the Holy Roman Empire (d. 1690)
  • 1683
    Mark Catesby, English naturalist (d. 1749)
  • 1693
    George Edwards, English naturalist (d. 1773)
  • 1715
    William Watson, English physician and scientist (d. 1787)
  • 1764
    John Abernethy, English surgeon (d. 1831)
  • 1769
    Christian Günther von Bernstorff, Danish and Prussian statesman and diplomat (d. 1835)
  • 1770
    Theodoros Kolokotronis, Greek general (d. 1843)
  • 1783
    Washington Irving, American author (d. 1859)
  • 1806
    Ivan Kireevsky, Russian literary critic and philosopher (d. 1856)
  • 1814
    Lorenzo Snow, 5th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) (d. 1901)
  • 1821
    T. Pelham Dale, Anglican clergyman prosecuted for Ritualist practices in the 1870s (d. 1892)
  • 1822
    Edward Everett Hale, American writer (d. 1909)
  • 1823
    George Horatio Derby, Early American humorist (d. 1861)
  • 1823
    William Magear “Boss” Tweed, American political boss (d. 1878)
  • 1842
    Ulric Dahlgren, American Unionist colonel (d. 1864)
  • 1880
    Otto Weininger, Austrian philosopher (d. 1903)
  • 1881
    Alcide De Gasperi, Prime Minister of Italy (d. 1954)
  • 1885
    Allan Dwan, Canadian-born American film director (d. 1981)
  • 1885
    Bud Fisher, American cartoonist (d. 1954)
  • 1887
    Ōtori Tanigorō, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 24th Yokozuna (d. 1956)
  • 1887
    Nishizō Tsukahara, Japanese naval commander (d. 1966)
  • 1889
    Grigoraş Dinicu, Romanian composer and violinist (d. 1949)
  • 1893
    Leslie Howard, English actor (d. 1943)
  • 1893
    Princess Maud of Fife (d. 1945)
  • 1895
    Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Italian composer (d. 1968)
  • 1897
    Thrasyvoulos Tsakalotos, Greek officer who served in World War I, the Minor Asia Campaign and World War II (d. 1989)
  • 1898
    George Jessel, American comedian (d. 1981)
  • 1898
    Henry Luce, American publisher (d. 1967)
  • 1899
    David Jack, English footballer (d. 1958)
  • 1900
    Albert Walsh, Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland (d. 1958)
  • 1904
    Russel Wright, American industrial designer (d. 1976)
  • 1904
    Sally Rand, American burlesque dancer (d. 1979)
  • 1905
    Robert Frederick Sink, United States Army Officer (d. 1965)
  • 1907
    Iron Eyes Cody, American actor (d. 1999)
  • 1911
    Stanisława Walasiewicz, Polish Olympic athlete (d. 1980)
  • 1912
    Gregoris Lambrakis, Greek politician, physician and athlete (d. 1963)
  • 1913
    Per Borten, Premier of Norway (d. 2005)
  • 1915
    İhsan Doğramacı, Turkish physician and academic (d. 2010)
  • 1915
    Piet de Jong, Dutch politician, Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 1967 until 1971
  • 1916
    Herb Caen, American newspaper columnist (d. 1997)
  • 1918
    Louis Applebaum, Canadian composer, conductor and administrator (d. 2000)
  • 1920
    John Demjanjuk, Ukrainian-born American auto worker, alleged Nazi
  • 1920
    Stan Freeman, American composer and lyricist (d. 2001)
  • 1920
    Yoshibayama Junnosuke, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 43rd Yokozuna (d. 1977)
  • 1921
    Darío Moreno, Turkish-Jewish singer and songwriter (d. 1968)
  • 1921
    Jan Sterling, American actress (d. 2004)
  • 1921
    Robert Karvelas, American actor (d. 1991)
  • 1924
    Doris Day, American actress, singer and animal rights activist
  • 1924
    Marlon Brando, American actor (d. 2004)
  • 1924
    Peter Hawkins, English actor (d. 2006)
  • 1925
    Tony Benn, British politician
  • 1926
    Alex Grammas, American Major League Baseball coach
  • 1926
    Virgil “Gus” Grissom, American astronaut (d. 1967)
  • 1928
    Don Gibson, American country musician (d. 2003)
  • 1928
    Jennifer Paterson, English chef and TV personality (d. 1999)
  • 1928
    Kevin Hagen, American actor (d. 2005)
  • 1929
    Lee Leonard, American television personality
  • 1929
    Poul Schlüter, Danish politician
  • 1930
    Helmut Kohl, Chancellor of Germany
  • 1930
    Lawton Chiles, U.S. (Florida) Senator and Governor (d. 1998)
  • 1930
    Wally Moon, American baseball player
  • 1933
    Bob Dornan, American politician
  • 1934
    Jane Goodall, English zoologist
  • 1936
    Jimmy McGriff, American jazz organist (d. 2008)
  • 1936
    Scott LaFaro, American musician (d. 1961)
  • 1938
    Jeff Barry, American songwriter and record producer
  • 1939
    François de Roubaix, French film score composer (d. 1975)
  • 1939
    Paul Craig Roberts, American economist
  • 1941
    Carl Boenish, American father of BASE jumping (d. 1984)
  • 1941
    Eric Braeden, German-born actor
  • 1941
    Jan Berry, American musician (d. 2004)
  • 1941
    Philippé Wynne, American musician (d. 1984)
  • 1942
    Billy Joe Royal, American singer
  • 1942
    Marek Perepeczko, Polish actor (d. 2005)
  • 1942
    Marsha Mason, American actress
  • 1942
    Wayne Newton, American singer
  • 1943
    Doreen Tracey, English-born Mouseketeer
  • 1943
    Jonathan Lynn, British actor and comedy writer
  • 1943
    Mario Lavista, Mexican composer
  • 1943
    Richard Manuel, Canadian musician and songwriter (d. 1986)
  • 1944
    Tony Orlando, American musician
  • 1945
    Bernard Parent, Quebec ice hockey player
  • 1945
    Catherine Spaak, French actress
  • 1946
    Hanna Suchocka, Poland’s first female prime minister
  • 1946
    Marisa Paredes, Spanish actress
  • 1948
    Arlette Cousture, French-Canadian writer
  • 1948
    Carlos Salinas, President of Mexico
  • 1948
    Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, Dutch Politician and General Secretary of NATO
  • 1949
    Anthony Grayling, British philosopher
  • 1949
    Lyle Alzado, American football player (d. 1992)
  • 1949
    Richard Thompson, English musician and songwriter
  • 1950
    Sally Thomsett, English actress
  • 1951
    Mel Schacher, American musician
  • 1952
    K. Krishnasamy, Indian politician and physician
  • 1952
    Mike Moore, American politician and attorney
  • 1953
    Craig Taubman, Jewish singer
  • 1953
    Sandra Boynton, American greeting-card designer, illustrator, and author
  • 1953
    Wakanohana Kanji II, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 56th Yokozuna
  • 1954
    Elisabetta Brusa, Italian composer
  • 1955
    Hariharan, Indian singer
  • 1956
    Boris Miljkovic, Serbian director
  • 1956
    Miguel Bosé, Spanish musician and actor
  • 1956
    Ray Combs, American game show host and comedian (d. 1996)
  • 1958
    Alec Baldwin, American actor
  • 1958
    Jaya Prada, Indian actress
  • 1959
    David Hyde Pierce, American actor
  • 1960
    Arjen Anthony Lucassen, Dutch musician
  • 1960
    Marie Denise Pelletier, Quebec singer
  • 1961
    Eddie Murphy, American actor and comedian
  • 1961
    Michalis Rakintzis, Greek songwriter and singer
  • 1962
    Brenda Ann Spencer, American “I Hate Mondays” murderer
  • 1962
    Jennifer Rubin, American actress
  • 1962
    Mike Ness, American musician
  • 1963
    Criss Oliva, American musician (d. 1993)
  • 1963
    Jack Del Rio, American football coach
  • 1963
    Tsuyoshi Sekito, Japanese composer
  • 1964
    Andy Robinson, English rugby player
  • 1964
    Bjarne Riis, Danish cyclist
  • 1965
    Nazia Hassan, South Asian pop singer (d. 2000)
  • 1966
    John de Vries, Australian racing driver
  • 1966
    Mina Tominaga, Japanese seiyu (voice actress)
  • 1967
    Brent Gilchrist, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1967
    Mark Skaife, Australian racing driver
  • 1967
    Pervis Ellison, American basketball player
  • 1968
    Charlotte Coleman, English actress (d. 2001)
  • 1968
    Jamie Hewlett, English illustrator
  • 1968
    Sebastian Bach, Canadian musician
  • 1969
    Lance Storm, Canadian wrestler
  • 1969
    Rodney Hampton, American football player
  • 1971
    Picabo Street, American alpine ski champion
  • 1972
    Jennie Garth, American actress
  • 1972
    Kenny Logan, Scottish rugby player
  • 1972
    Leigh-Allyn Baker, American actress
  • 1972
    Sandrine Testud, French Top-10 tennis player
  • 1973
    Jamie Bamber, English actor
  • 1973
    Matthew Ferguson, Canadian actor
  • 1974
    Drew Shirley, American musician (Switchfoot)
  • 1975
    Aries Spears, American comedian
  • 1975
    Koji Uehara, Japanese baseball player
  • 1975
    Michael Olowokandi, Nigerian basketball player
  • 1975
    Shawn Bates, American ice hockey player
  • 1975
    Yoshinobu Takahashi, Japanese baseball player
  • 1976
    Will Mellor, English actor
  • 1978
    John Smit, South African rugby player
  • 1978
    Matthew Goode, English actor
  • 1978
    Tommy Haas, German tennis player
  • 1979
    Grégoire, French singer-songwriter
  • 1979
    Leandro Vieira, Brazilian footballer
  • 1981
    Aaron Bertram, American musician
  • 1981
    DeShawn Stevenson, American basketball player
  • 1981
    Heath Ramsay, Australian Olympic swimmer
  • 1981
    Matthew Nash, Australian footballer
  • 1982
    Cobie Smulders, Canadian actress
  • 1982
    Fler, German rapper
  • 1982
    Iain Fyfe, Australian footballer
  • 1982
    Jared Allen, American football player
  • 1982
    Kasumi Nakane, Japanese gravure idol
  • 1983
    Ben Foster, English footballer
  • 1983
    Errol Barnett, English reporter
  • 1984
    Jonathan Blondel, Belgian footballer
  • 1984
    Maxi López, Argentine footballer
  • 1985
    Jari-Matti Latvala, Finnish rally driver
  • 1985
    Leona Lewis, English singer
  • 1986
    Amanda Bynes, American actress
  • 1986
    Sergio Sánchez, Spanish footballer
  • 1987
    Jason Kipnis, American baseball player
  • 1987
    Jay Bruce, American baseball player
  • 1987
    Julie Sokolow, American musician
  • 1987
    Park Jung Min, Korean singer (SS501)
  • 1987
    Sal Zizzo, American soccer player
  • 1988
    Peter Hartley, English footballer
  • 1988
    Tim Krul, Dutch footballer
  • 1989
    Israel Folau, Australian rules footballer
  • 1989
    Thisara Perera, Sri Lankan cricket player
  • 1989
    Thomas Kurz, German footballer
  • 1990
    Karim Ansarifard, Iranian footballer
  • 1990
    Sotiris Ninis, Greek footballer
  • 1991
    Hayley Kiyoko, Japanese-American actress
  • 1992
    Yuliya Yefimova, Russian swimmer
  • 2001
    Sophie Delezio, Australian medical figure

Who Died On April 3?

  • 963
    William III, Duke of Aquitaine (b. 915)
  • 1287
    Pope Honorius IV, Pope for two years from 1285 to 1287 (b. c. 1210)
  • 1350
    Eudes IV, Duke of Burgundy (b. 1295)
  • 1606
    Charles Blount, 1st Earl of Devon, English politician (b. 1563)
  • 1680
    Shivaji, founder of the Maratha Empire, India (b. 1630)
  • 1682
    Bartolomé Estéban Murillo, Spanish painter (b. 1618)
  • 1691
    Jean Petitot, Swiss enamel painter (b. 1608)
  • 1695
    Melchior d'Hondecoeter, Dutch painter (b. c. 1636)
  • 1717
    Jacques Ozanam, French mathematician (b. 1640)
  • 1728
    James Anderson, Scottish lawyer (b. 1662)
  • 1792
    George Pocock, British admiral (b. 1706)
  • 1804
    Jędrzej Kitowicz, Polish priest
  • 1827
    Ernst Chladni, German physicist (b. 1756)
  • 1838
    François Carlo Antommarchi, French physician (b. 1780)
  • 1849
    Juliusz Słowacki, Polish poet (b. 1809)
  • 1868
    Franz Berwald, Swedish composer and inventor (b. 1796)
  • 1882
    Jesse James, American outlaw (b. 1847)
  • 1897
    Johannes Brahms, German composer (b. 1833)
  • 1901
    Richard D'Oyly Carte, British impresario (b. 1844)
  • 1930
    Emma Albani, Canadian soprano (b. 1847)
  • 1936
    Bruno Hauptmann, German killer of Charles Lindbergh III (b. 1899)
  • 1941
    Pál Teleki, Prime Minister of Hungary (b. 1879)
  • 1941
    Tachiyama Mineemon, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 22nd Yokozuna (b. 1877)
  • 1943
    Conrad Veidt, German actor (b. 1893)
  • 1950
    Carter G. Woodson, African-American historian, author, journalist and founder of Black History Month (b. 1875)
  • 1950
    Kurt Weill, German composer (b. 1900)
  • 1952
    Miina Sillanpää, Finnish politician, first female Finnish minister (b. 1866)
  • 1962
    Manolis Kalomiris, Greek classical composer (b. 1883)
  • 1965
    Ernst Kirchweger, Austrian communist and resistance fighter (b. 1898)
  • 1971
    Joseph Valachi, American gangster (b. 1904)
  • 1972
    Ferde Grofé, American composer (b. 1882)
  • 1975
    Mary Ure, Scottish actress (b. 1933)
  • 1978
    Ray Noble, English bandleader and composer (b. 1903)
  • 1981
    Juan Trippe, Airline entrepreneur and pioneer, Pan Am founder (b. 1899)
  • 1982
    Warren Oates, American character actor (b. 1928)
  • 1986
    Peter Pears, English tenor (b. 1910)
  • 1987
    Tom Sestak, American football player (b. 1936)
  • 1988
    Milton Caniff, American cartoonist (Terry and the Pirates, Steve Canyon) (b. 1907)
  • 1990
    Sarah Vaughan, American singer (b. 1924)
  • 1991
    Charles Goren, American bridge player, writer, and columnist (b. 1901)
  • 1991
    Graham Greene, English writer (b. 1904)
  • 1993
    Pinky Lee, American comic and children’s television host (b. 1907)
  • 1994
    Frank Wells, American entertainment businessman (b. 1932)
  • 1995
    Alfred J. Billes, Canadian businessman (Canadian Tire) (b. 1902)
  • 1996
    Carl Stokes, Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio (b. 1927)
  • 1996
    Ron Brown, U.S. Secretary of Commerce (b. 1941)
  • 1998
    Mary Cartwright, English mathematician (b. 1900)
  • 1999
    Lionel Bart, English composer (Oliver!) (b. 1930)
  • 2000
    Terence McKenna, American writer and philosopher (b. 1946)
  • 2002
    Fad Gadget, English singer and musician (b. 1956)
  • 2003
    Michael Kelly, American journalist (b. 1957)
  • 2004
    Gabriella Ferri, Italian singer (b. 1942)
  • 2005
    Jef Eygel, Belgian basketball player (b. 1933)
  • 2005
    Tony Croatto, Italian singer (b. 1940)
  • 2006
    Royce Lint, Baseball player for the St. Louis Cardinals (b.1921)
  • 2007
    Eddie Robinson, American football coach (b. 1919)
  • 2007
    Marion Eames, Welsh novelist (b. 1921)
  • 2007
    Nina Wang, Asia’s richest woman (b. 1937)
  • 2008
    Hrvoje Ćustić, Croatian football player (b. 1983)

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