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April 3 – Today In History

We take a look at some of the events that occurred on April 3rd.

Today In …

1860 - The first Pony Express trip from Missouri to California occurred today!

1865 - Union forces captured the Confederate stronghold and capital at Richmond, Virginia during the Civil War.

1948 - President Harry S. Truman signed the Marshall Plan which provided aide to a number of foreign countries.

1973 - The first cell phone call occurred today.

1996 - Theodore Kaczynski was arrested for being the Unabomber.

Sharing A Birthday Today…

Lyle Alzado the former football player and actor was born in 1949.

Sebastian Bach actor and former front man for the rock band Skid Row was born in 1968.

Alec Baldwin who starred in “Beetlejuice”, “Pearl Harbor” and “The Departed” was born in 1958.

Jan Berry one half of the rock music duo Jan & Dean was born in 1941.

Eric Braeden best known as Victor on daytime TV’s “The Young and the Restless” and who appeared in the blockbuster “Titanic” was born in 1941.

Marlon Brando who starred in “A Streetcar Named Desire”, “On the Waterfront” and “The Godfather” was born in 1924.

Amanda Bynes the star of “What I Like About You” was born in 1986.

Ray Combs the former host of TV's "Family Fued" was born in 1956.

Doris Day the actress who starred in “Pillow Talk” was born in 1924.

Jennie Garth from TV’s “Beverly Hills 90210” was born in 1972.

Don Gibson the legendary singer/songwriter and voice behind such hits as “Sea of Heartbreak” was born in 1928.

Gus Grissom was born in 1926. Grissom was one of three astronauts killed during the Apollo 1 fire.

Kevin Hagen the actor best known as Dr. Baker on TV’s “Little House on the Prairie” was born in 1928.

Leslie Howard the actor best known for his role as Ashley in “Gone With the Wind” was born in 1893.

Washington Irving the famed author of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “Rip Van Winkle” was born in 1783.

Marsha Mason who starred in “The Goodbye Girl” and “Bride and Prejudice” was born in 1942.

Eddie Murphy the star of such memorable movies as “48 Hours”, “Beverly Hills Cop” and “Dreamgirls” was born in 1961.

Wayne Newton the singer and entertainer best known for his song “Danke Schoen” was born in 1942.

Tony Orlando the singer best known for “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Around the Old Oak Tree” was born in 1944.

David Hyde Pierce the actor best known for his role as Niles Crane on TV’s “Frasier” was born in 1959.

Billy Joe Royal the singer who had hits with “Down in the Boondocks” and “Burn Like a Rocket” was born in 1942.

Aries Spears the comedian who starred on TV’s “MadTV” was born in 1975.

Jan Sterling TV actress and Oscar nominee for “The High and the Mighty” was born in 1921.

Picabo Street the popular Olympic winning skier was born in 1971.

We Said Goodbye To…

Johannes Brahms the German composer passed away in 1897 at the age of 63.

Bruno Hauptmann who was convicted of murdering the son of aviator Charles Lindbergh was executed in 1936 at the age of 36.

Jesse James the infamous outlaw was killed in 1882 at the age of 34.

Pinky Lee the comedienne, actress and entertainer passed away in 1993 at the age of 85.

Conrad Veidt who starred in “Casablanca” passed away in 1943 at the age of 50.

Top Of The Charts On This Day In…

1961 - “Blue Moon” by the Marcels
1971 - “Just My Imagination” by the Temptations
1976 - “Disco Lady” by Johnnie Taylor
1982 - On The Country Charts – “Bobby Sue” by the Oak Ridge Boys
2004 - On The Country Charts – “When the Sun Goes Down” by Kenny Chesney w/ Uncle Kracker

TV Moments In…

1956 - “The Milton Berle Show” drew stellar ratings when Elvis Presley appeared on this date!

In Print In…

1953 - The first issue of “TV Guide” debuted.

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