Lost and Found – April 3rd Edition

What to remember about April 3rd…

  • 1776  Continental Congress authorizes Letters of Marque and Reprisal authorizing privateers to raid British shipping
  • 1860  Riders leave Sacramento, California and St. Joseph, Missouri simultaneously on the 1st 1800-mile Pony Express mail runs; 10 day mail delivery is fastest until telegraph and transcontinental railroad established
  • 1865  After 10-months of siege and skirmish, General Grant’s troops take Richmond, Virginia; Confederate government fled city the night before
  • 1888  1st of 11 unsolved murders takes place in Whitechapel District of London; killings attributed to notorious Jack the Ripper
  • 1936  Child kidnapper Bruno Hauptmann executed; convicted in abduction and murder of son of famous pilot Charles Lindbergh
  • 1942  Japanese launch their final push against Allied troops defending Bataan peninsula in Philippine Islands
  • 1948  President Truman signs Foreign Assistance Act; “Marshall Plan” authorizes billions in aid for European economic recovery
  • 1968  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers I’ve Been to the Mountain Top speech during Memphis Sanitation Strike one day before his assassination
  • 1973  Martin Cooper of Motorola makes 1st call from a handheld mobile phone, phone weighed 2.5 pounds and was 9x5x2 inches in size
  • 1996  Theodore John “Ted” Kaczynski is arrested by FBI near Lincoln, Montana; in 18 years the Unabomber sent 16 at least bombs

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