April 3 in Pop Culture History

April 3 History, Trivia, and Fun Facts

April 3 History Highlights

  • 1860 – The first United States Pony Express run from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California took began.
  • April 3, 1918 Birthday (fictional) Jay Garrick (Golden Age Flash), DC Comics.
  • 2000 – Microsoft was ruled to have violated United States antitrust law by keeping “an oppressive thumb” on its competitors in United States v. Microsoft Corp.
  • 2016 – The Panama Papers, a leak of legal documents, revealed information on 214,488 offshore companies.
  • If you were born on April 3rd,
    You were likely conceived the week of… July 11th (prior year)

April 3 in Cell Phone and Tech History

April 3, 1973, The first portable phone call was placed by inventor Martin Cooper to Joel S. Engel of Bell Labs, which used to be the research department for AT&T.
April 3, 1983, Martin Cooper, Motorola project manager, demonstrated the 1st mobile phone that you could buy; The DynaTAC 8000x.
It was designed by Rudy Krolopp and the 2½ pound cell phone was made available for $3,995.

The Osborne 1, the first successful portable computer, was unveiled at the West Coast Computer Faire in San Francisco on April 3, 1981.
Jump ahead to 2010, April 3rd… the first iPod came out.

April 3 is…

Chocolate Mousse Day
Find a Rainbow Day
Walk to Work Day
World Party Day

April 3 Birthday Quotes

“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.”
– Washington Irving

“I am the man who put the hair in hair metal.”
– Sebastian Bach

“I don’t care who does the electing, as long as I get to do the nominating.”
– Boss Tweed

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
– Jane Goodall

“If it were not for the bad things that’ve happened to me, I wouldn’t be the person I am today.”
– Wayne Newton

“The greatest tragedies were written by the Greeks and Shakespeare…neither knew chocolate.”
– Sandra Boynton

April 3 Birthdays

1783 – Washington Irving, American short story writer, essayist, and historian (died in 1859)
1823 – William ‘Boss’ Tweed, American politician (died in 1878)
1885 – Bud Fisher, American cartoonist (died in 1954)
1893 – Leslie Howard, English actor (died in 1943)
1924 – Marlon Brando, American actor (died in 2004)
1934 – Jane Goodall, English primatologist and anthropologist
1942 – Marsha Mason, American actress
1942 – Wayne Newton, American singer
1942 – Billy Joe Royal, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (died in 2015)
1944 – Tony Orlando, American singer
1949 – Lyle Alzado, American football player and actor (died in 1992)
1953 – Sandra Boynton, American author and illustrator
1956 – Ray Combs, American game show host (died in 1996)
1958 – Alec Baldwin, American actor and comedian
1959 – David Hyde Pierce, American actor
1961 – Eddie Murphy, American comedic actor
1968 – Sebastian Bach, Bahamian-Canadian singer-songwriter
1972 – Jennie Garth, American actress
1973 – Adam Scott, American actor
1982 – Cobie Smulders, Canadian actress
1986 – Amanda Bynes, American actress
1998 – Paris Jackson, American celebrity

April 3 History

33 – Two researchers from Oxford published a paper that put the definitive date of Jesus’ crucifixion at Friday, April 3, 33 AD

1860 – Pony Express mail, traveling by horse and rider relay teams, simultaneously left St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California. They used horses, not ponies.

1882 – A Tombstone reads, “Jesse W. James, Died April 3, 1882, Aged 34 years, 6 months, 28 days, Murdered by a traitor and a coward whose name is not worthy to appear here.” Jesse James was shot and killed by frenemy Robert Ford for the reward money. There was a $5,000 bounty on the bank-robber, but they gave Ford $500 and then arrested him.

1885 – Gottlieb Daimler was granted a German patent for his engine design.

1891 – Emma Elizabeth Smith may have been the first murdered by Jack the Ripper in Whitechapel, London.

1895 – The trial in the libel case brought by Oscar Wilde began, eventually resulting in his imprisonment on charges of homosexuality.

April 3, 1918 Birthday (fictional) Jay Garrick (Golden Age Flash), DC Comics

1936 – Bruno Richard Hauptmann was executed for the kidnapping and death of Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr., the baby son of pilot Charles Lindbergh.

1953 – TV Guide published its first issue

1955 – The American Civil Liberties Union announced it would defend Allen Ginsberg’s book Howl against obscenity charges.

1956 – Elvis Presley appeared on the Milton Berle Show.

1961 – #1 Hit April 3, 1961 – April 23, 1961: The Marcels – Blue Moon

1966 – The USSR’s Luna 10, the first spacecraft to orbit the moon, entered lunar orbit and completed its first orbit 3 hours later.

1968 – Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his I’ve Been to the Mountaintop speech. in Memphis, Tennessee.

1971 – #1 Hit April 3, 1971 – April 16, 1971: The Temptations – Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)

1973 – The first portable phone call was placed by inventor Martin Cooper to Joel S. Engel of Bell Labs.

1976 – #1 Hit April 3, 1976 – April 30, 1976: Johnnie Taylor – Disco Lady

1978 – At the 50th annual Academy Awards, held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, Woody Allen’s Annie Hall won the Oscar for Best Picture of 1977.

1981 – The Osborne 1, the first successful portable computer, was unveiled at the West Coast Computer Faire in San Francisco.

1983 – Martin Cooper, Motorola project manager, demonstrated the 1st mobile phone, the DynaTAC 8000x. It was designed by Rudy Krolopp and the 2½ pound cell phone was soon made available for $3,995.

1986 – Merv Griffin sold Merv Griffin Enterprises, to The Coca-Cola Company, for $250,000,000.

1987 – Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol was released in theaters.

1992 – Beethoven, Thunderheart, Rock-A-Doodle, and Straight Talk debuted in theaters.

1996 – “Unabomber” Theodore Kaczynski was captured at his cabin in Montana.

1998 – Lost in Space, Barney’s Great Adventure, and Mercury Rising were released in theaters.

2000 – Microsoft was ruled to have violated United States antitrust law by keeping “an oppressive thumb” on its competitors.

April 3, 2005 (fiction) Andrew Martin was activated. Bicentennial Man, Film

2009 – Fast and Furious and Adventureland debuted in theaters.

April 3, 2010 – The Apple iPod (Wi-Fi) was released.

2015 – Furious 7 was released in theaters.

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

The biggest film of 1930: Tom Sawyer (Adventure) earned ~ $11,000,000

TV Quotes… “D’oh!” (Homer Simpson) on “The Simpsons”

Dr. Evil demanded 1 Million dollars: a sum of money smaller than 1% of Austin Powers’ overall budget.

“Friends applaud! The comedy is finished” – Ludwig Van Beethoven #LastWords

The entire cast was male on the set of 1982’s ‘The Thing.’

James Dean – Real Name: James Byron

TV Quotes… “Baby, you’re the greatest” (Ralph Kramden) on “The Honeymooners”

The biggest film of 1933: King Kong (Horror) earned ~ $10,000,000

“Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me. Aren’t you?” – Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) in Graduate, The Graduate, 1967

When you “bite down” on something, you’re actually “biting up” because you can’t move your top jaw.

Biggest film of 1959: Ben-Hur (Action/Adventure) earned ~ $73,000,000

The Flash would be the best pizza delivery guy.

“WWW” is such an awkward acronym. We should call it “Triple Double U”, or better yet “Sextuple U”. That’s so fun to say around the office.

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