What Happened On This Day – April 3
1996 The Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski, is arrested
The mathematician who was driven by anarchist ideas sent out 16 letter bombs between 1978 and 1995, killing 3 people and injuring 23.
1973 The first public mobile telephone call is placed on a Manhattan sidewalk
Motorola's Martin Cooper called Joel Engel of Bell Labs. He later told the BBC that his first words were “Joel, I'm calling you from a 'real' cellular telephone. A portable handheld telephone.”
1948 Harry S. Truman signs the Marshall Plan
$12.4 billion was allocated to help rebuild European economies after the end of World War II and prevent communists from seizing control.
1940 Soviet troops massacre about 22,000 Polish nationals
The Katyn massacre is considered the worst massacre of prisoners of war in history. The order to execute all captive members of the Polish Officer Corps was signed by Joseph Stalin.
1885 Gottlieb Daimler patents his engine design
The German engineer's so-called “grandfather clock engine” was lighter than previous four-stroke engines and is considered a milestone for the invention of the automobile.
Births On This Day – April 3
1961 Eddie Murphy
American actor, director, screenwriter
1958 Francesca Woodman
1958 Alec Baldwin
American actor, producer
1930 Helmut Kohl
German politician, Chancellor of Germany
1924 Marlon Brando
Deaths On This Day – April 3
1991 Graham Greene
English author, playwright, critic
1990 Sarah Vaughan
1950 Kurt Weill
1897 Johannes Brahms
German pianist, composer
1882 Jesse James
American criminal, murderer