April 3rd Today in Worldwide History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1645 English Long Parliament passes the Self-Denying Ordinance, limiting regional armies, significant step toward New Model Army

1922 Joseph Stalin is appointed General Secretary of the Russian Communist Party by an ailing Vladimir Lenin

1948 US President Harry Truman signs Marshall Plan ($5B aid to 16 European countries)

1973 1st mobile phone call is made in downtown Manhattan, NYC by Motorola employee Martin Cooper to the Bell Labs headquarters in New Jersey

2016 Panama Papers published – 11.5 million confidential documents from offshore law firm Mossack Fonseca expose widespread illegal activities including fraud, kleptocracy, tax evasion and the violation of international sanctions by the world’s elite in the world’s largest ever data leak


Today’s Historical Events

419 [Etalius] ends his reign as Catholic Pope

1043 Edward the Confessor crowned King of England

1077 The first Parliament of Friuli is created

1312 2nd council of Vienna, Knights Templars suppressed

1367 Battle of Navarrete [Nájera], La Rioja, Castile: alliance of King Peter of Castile and the English defeats Count Henry of Castile

1559 Spain & France sign 2nd Treaty of Le Cateau-Cambrésis

1582 Francis of Valois, Duke of Anjou honored as Duke of Gelre, Earl of Zutphen

1645 English Long Parliament passes the Self-Denying Ordinance, limiting regional armies, significant step toward New Model Army

Today’s Historical Events in Flim and TV

1930 2nd Academy Awards: “The Broadway Melody”, Warner Baxter & Mary Pickford win. First time Academy Awards are broadcast on the radio.

1949 KQW-AM in San Francisco CA changes call letters to KCBS

1949 WLWS (now WCMH) TV channel 4 in Columbus, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting

1953 American magazine “TV Guide” publishes 1st issue; cover features photo of Lucille Ball‘s new born baby boy, Desiderio Alberto Arnaz IV (later professionally known as Desi Arnaz, Jr.)

1958 Abe Burrows, Richard and Marian Bissell’s comedy “Say, Darling” opens at ANTA Theater, NYC; runs for 332 performances

1961 Jacques Offenbach and Yip Harburg’s musical “The Happiest Girl in the World”, starring Cyril Ritchard and Justine Rule, opens at Martin Beck Theatre, NYC; runs for 97 performances

1967 WNYE TV channel 25 in Brooklyn, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting

1968 “Planet of the Apes”, starring Charlton Heston and Roddy McDowell premiers nationally in the United States

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1947 Sidney Lippman and Sylvia Dee’s musical farce “Barefoot Boy with Cheek” opens at Martin Beck Theatre, NYC; runs for 108 performances

1954 Rodgers & Hammerstein’s musical “Me and Juliet” closes at Majestic Theater, NYC, after 358 performances

1960 Elvis Presley records ‘It’s Now Or Never’, ‘Fever’ and ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight’ at RCA studios in Nashville, Tennessee

1964 Beatles hold top 6 spots on Sydney Australia record charts

1971 16th Eurovision Song Contest: Severine for Monaco wins singing “Un banc, un arbre, une rue” in Dublin

1976 21st Eurovision Song Contest: Brotherhood of Man for United Kingdom wins singing “Save Your Kisses for Me” in The Hague

1997 “Dream-Johnny Mercer Musical” opens at Royale Theatre, NYC; runs for 109 performance

2007 Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards denies saying he smoked his father’s ashes in an interview with NME

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1908 Frank Gotch wins world heavyweight wrestling championship in 2 hrs

1923 2 “Black Sox” sue White Sox (unsuccessfully) for back salary

1930 Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 4-3 for a 2-0 series sweep and their 3rd Championship

1935 Yasuo Ikenada runs world record marathon (2:26:44)

1955 Baltimore Orioles pull their 1st triple play (3-6-2 vs KC Athletics)

1962 American jockey Eddie Arcaro retires after 31 years (24,092 races)

1966 Tom Seaver signs with the Mets for a reported $50,000 bonus

1971 125th Grand National: John Cook aboard 28/1 chance Specify wins a close finish between the leading 5 in the final furlong