Episode 560

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On This Day In History for April 3, 2019

This is the 93rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 272 days remaining in 2019.

  • It was on this date in 686, that Maya king Yuknoom Yich’aak K’ahk’ assumes the crown of Calakmul.
  • Also today in 1860, The first successful United States Pony Express run from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California, begins.
  • April 3, 1882, Robert Ford kills the infamous Jesse James.
  • On April 3, 1885, Gottlieb Daimler is granted a German patent for his engine design.
  • That same date in 1933, First flight over Mount Everest, by the British Houston-Mount Everest Flight Expedition, led by the Marquis of Clydesdale, and funded by Lucy, Lady Houston.
  • On April 3, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech. He was assassinated the next day.
  • It was 46 years ago today, that Martin Cooper of Motorola makes the first handheld mobile phone call to Joel S. Engel of Bell Labs.
  • Bobby Fischer refuses to play in a chess match against Anatoly Karpov, giving Karpov the title of World Champion by default on this date in 1975.
  • Also on April 3, 1981, the Osborne 1, the first successful portable computer, is unveiled at the West Coast Computer Faire in San Francisco.
  • That same date in 1996, Suspected “Unabomber” Theodore Kaczynski is captured at his Montana cabin in the United States.
  • Also on April 3, 2000, Microsoft is ruled to have violated United States antitrust law by keeping “an oppressive thumb” on its competitors.
  • April 3, 2007, a French TGV train on the LGV Est high speed line sets an official new world speed record.
  • On April 3, 2010, Apple Inc. released the first generation iPad, a tablet computer.

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • German mathematician and astronomer, Michael Neander, born on this date in 1529.
  • Pierre Bretonneau, French doctor who performed the first successful tracheotomy was born on that same date in 1778.
  • American publisher, co-founded Time Magazine, Henry Luce, born on this date in 1898.
  • American singer and actress,  is 97 today.
  • Gus Grissom, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut was born on that same date in 1926.
  • Also turning 85 today is English primatologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall.
  • Also born on that same date in 1944,  American singer, Tony Orlando.
  • American game show host, Ray Combs was born 63 years ago today.
  • Also turning 61 today is American actor, comedian, producer and television host Alec Baldwin.
  • American actor and comedian, Eddie Murphy is 58 today.

Listener birthdays

  • 04 – Brian K – My Blog
  • 04 – Joel McLaughlin (aka Gorkon)
  • 05 – Chad Davis, Jon Issler (hsteckylf)
  • 05 – Griffin Sylvester (Ildreancipher)
  • 05 – Martine Tysmans – citytrips, travelling, jokes… (in Dutch)
  • 05 – Ringmaster Greg from Dancing With Elephants
  • 06 – Trevor Litecky (future Geek)
  • 07 – P.C. Haring
  • If you want to get on the Technorama Birthday Calendar, visit our Wiki.

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for April 3, 2019

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