1657Apr 3English Lord Protector Cromwell refused the crown.
1679Apr 3Edmund Halley met Johannes Hevelius in Danzig
1790Apr 3Revenue Marine Service (US Coast Guard) was created.
1838Apr 3Francesco Antommarchi (57), Napoleon’s physician on St Helena, died.
1862Apr 3A bill was passed to abolish slavery in Washington, D.C.
1897Apr 3Johannes Brahms (63), German composer, conductor (Hungarian Dances), died.
1901Apr 3Richard D’Oyly Carte, promoter (Gilbert & Sullivan operas), died.
1910Apr 3Alaska’s Mt. McKinley, the highest mountain in North America, was climbed.
1913Apr 3British suffragette Emily Pankhurst was sentenced to 3 years in jail.
1919Apr 3Austria expelled all Habsburgs.
1922Apr 3Stalin was appointed General Secretary of Communist Party.
1926Apr 31st performance of Jean Sibelius’ 7th Symphony in C.
1926Apr 3Italy established corps of force in order to break powerful unions.
1933Apr 3The dirigible Akron crashed into the Atlantic off of New Jersey and killed 73 0f the 76 men aboard.
1941Apr 3Walton’s overture “Scapino,” premiered in Chicago.
1944Apr 3British dive bombers attacked the battle cruiser Tirpitz.
1946Apr 3Lt. General Masaharu Homma, the Japanese commander responsible for the Bataan Death March, was executed outside Manila in the Philippines.
1948Apr 3The 1st US figure skating championships were held.
1951Apr 3Christopher Fry’s “Sleep of Prisoners,” premiered in Oxford.
1952Apr 3Dutch Queen Juliana spoke to the US Congress.
1956Apr 3“Silk Stockings” closed at Imperial Theater in NYC after 461 performances.
1961Apr 3In San Francisco thousands of people took part in the 39th Easter Sunrise Service on Mount Davidson.
1968Apr 3North Vietnam agreed to meet with US representatives to set up preliminary peace talks.
1972Apr 3Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977) returned to the US after a twenty-year absence.
1975Apr 3Bobby Fischer (1943-2008) was stripped of the world chess title for refusing to defend it.
1979Apr 3In Belgium Wilfried Achiel Emma Martens (b.1936) became prime minister for the 1st of 9 times.
1984Apr 3Coach John Thompson of Georgetown University became the first African-American coach to win an NCAA basketball tournament.
1985Apr 3The landmark Brown Derby restaurant in Hollywood closed after 56 years in business.
1988Apr 3Secretary of State George P. Shultz arrived in Israel to launch a fresh U.S. peace initiative, telling the Israelis that the Palestinians must be included in negotiations.
1990Apr 3Sarah Vaughan (66), Jazz singer, died in suburban Los Angeles.
1991Apr 3“Penn & Teller Refrigerator Tour” opened at Eugene O’Neill in NYC.
1992Apr 3President Bush, speaking in Philadelphia, said members of Congress should shorten their annual sessions and retire after 12 years, calling for changes in “a failed status quo”; Democratic leaders accused Bush of “scapegoating.”
1994Apr 3Frank Wells, president of the Walt Disney Co., died in helicopter crash while returning from a ski trip in Nevada’s Ruby Mountains.
1995Apr 3UCLA defeated Arkansas, 89-78, to win the NCAA basketball championship.
1996Apr 3Much of North America was treated to a total lunar eclipse.
1997Apr 3About 2,000 youngsters in California and Georgia lined up for shots to protect them against hepatitis from a contaminated shipment of frozen strawberries.
1998Apr 3Douglas Fred Groat, a disgruntled spy fired by the CIA, was charged with espionage and extortion. Groat later pleaded guilty to extortion, and was sentenced to five years in prison
1999Apr 3In Louisiana a tornado hit north of Shreveport and 10 people sere reported killed with some 100 injured.
2000Apr 3In Indianapolis Michigan State beat the Florida Gators for the NCAA basketball championship, 89-to-76.
2001Apr 3The DJIA fell 292 to 9,485. The Nasdaq fell almost 110 to 1,673.
2002Apr 3Cincinnati, Ohio, agreed to restrictions on the use of force and announced plans to establish an independent agency to investigate police brutality complaints.
2003Apr 3Moving with a sense of wartime urgency, the House and Senate separately agreed to give President Bush nearly $80 billion to carry out the battle against Iraq and meet the threat of terrorism.
2004Apr 3Soccer player Freddy Adu (14), became the youngest athlete in a major American professional sport in well over a century as he entered a game between his team, D.C. United, and the San Jose Earthquakes (D.C. United won, 2-1).
2005Apr 3Daylight Savings Time (DST) began on this 1st Sunday in April.
2006Apr 3Dozens of Mexican newspapers, frustrated by fruitless police probes of slain and missing journalists, simultaneously published the first in a series of reports on the cases.
2007Apr 3President Bush denounced Democrats for going on spring break without approving money for the Iraq war; he also criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Syria.
2008Apr 3Japanese police arrested Olatunbosun Ugbogu (22), a Nigerian national serving in the US Navy, in the March 19 stabbing death of a taxi driver near an American naval base outside Tokyo. He was handed over to Japanese authorities just before the arrest under a bilateral security pact.
2009Apr 3US administration officials said Pres. Obama planned to lift some curbs on travel to Cuba, including a ban on family travel and remittances to Cuba.
2010Apr 3In Portland, Maine, about two dozen women drew a crowd of onlookers when they shed their shirts and marched downtown to promote what they call equal-opportunity public toplessness.
2011Apr 3In Afghanistan demonstrators battled police in Kandahar city, where an officer was shot dead. Demonstrators also took to the streets of Jalalabad for the first time as Western pleas failed to halt a third day of rage over a Florida pastor’s burning of the Quran. A NATO service member was killed in an insurgent attack in the east.
2012Apr 3American regulators finalized a rule enabling them to expand the designation of “systematically important” institutions to non-banks.
2013Apr 3The United States said it will soon send a missile defense system to Guam to defend it from North Korea, as the US military adjusts to what US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel described as a “real and clear danger” from Pyongyang.
2014Apr 3Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II paid a private call on Pope Francis at the Vatican, making him the fifth pontiff she has met.

Source: Timelines of History


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