23 fun facts for April, 3

Discover dozens of fun facts for this special day. Read the summary for a quick recap on what happened.
April 3rd holds numerous notable events and celebrations throughout history. Some key events from this day include the launch of the Pony Express, Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech, the founding of Microsoft, and the first mobile phone call ever made by Martin Cooper. Moreover, various international days are observed on this day, such as World Aquatic Animal Day and Teacher's Day in Lebanon.
23 Fun facts
  1. On April 3, 1582, William Shakespeare, a famous English playwright, married Anne Hathaway at the age of 18 in Stratford-upon-Avon. Together, they had three children: Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith.
  2. April 3, 1776, marked the introduction of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the oldest honorary society at American colleges and universities. It was established at the College of William & Mary in Virginia.
  3. April 3, 1860, was the day when the Pony Express, a mail delivery system, started its service in the United States. This historic postal relay system operated between Missouri and California, covering a distance of 1,800 miles.
  4. In 1882, the American outlaw Jesse James was shot and killed by Robert Ford, a member of his own gang. This event occurred on April 3, and James' death became an iconic symbol of the Wild West era.
  5. On April 3, 1885, German inventor Carl Gassner received a patent for the first dry cell battery, known today as the “zinc-carbon” battery. This made portable electrical devices more practical and revolutionized battery technology.
  6. The first handheld mobile phone call was made on April 3, 1973, by Martin Cooper, an engineer at Motorola. Cooper made the call from a prototype of the Motorola DynaTAC, laying the foundation for the modern mobile phone era.
  7. On April 3, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous speech "I've Been to the Mountaintop" in Memphis, Tennessee. Sadly, he was assassinated the next day, making this speech his last public address.
  8. In 1936, Bruno Richard Hauptmann was executed on April 3 for the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh's baby, which was known as the "Crime of the Century" at the time.
  9. April 3, 1948, marked the launch of the Marshall Plan, also known as the European Recovery Program. This initiative provided significant financial aid to help rebuild Western Europe after World War II.
  10. On April 3, 1953, TV Guide, an American magazine about television programming, was first published. The magazine quickly became a staple for TV enthusiasts, providing schedules, previews, and other information about their favorite shows.
  11. April 3 is internationally recognized as World Aquatic Animal Day, which promotes the importance of aquatic animals in our ecosystems and encourages their conservation and protection.
  12. On April 3, 1996, Unabomber Ted Kaczynski was arrested after a 17-year bombing campaign. His arrest marked the end of one of the longest and most intensive manhunts in U.S. history.
  13. In Lebanon, April 3 is known as Teacher's Day, a day dedicated to honoring and appreciating the hard work and dedication of teachers in schools and educational institutions across the country.
  14. On April 3, 1975, Microsoft was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Today, Microsoft is a multinational technology company and one of the world's most valuable businesses.
  15. In Japan, the tradition of Hanami, the viewing of cherry blossoms, typically begins around April 3. This event symbolizes the start of spring and is enjoyed by millions of people across the country.
  16. On April 3, 1961, the Leadbeater's Possum, an endangered marsupial, was rediscovered in Australia after it was believed to be extinct for more than 50 years.
  17. April 3, 1978, witnessed the inaugural broadcast of the legendary American television game show, Card Sharks. The show became extremely popular and has seen several revivals and adaptations throughout the years.
  18. On April 3, 2010, Apple Inc. released the first-generation iPad, a tablet computer designed for browsing the web, watching videos, and playing games. The iPad became an instant success and revolutionized the tablet industry.
  19. In 1974, the United States experienced one of the worst tornado outbreaks in its history on April 3. The event, known as the "1974 Super Outbreak," caused widespread devastation across multiple states and led to significant advancements in tornado forecasting and warning systems.
  20. April 3 is recognized as National Chocolate Mousse Day in the United States. This sweet occasion allows people to indulge in a delicious treat while celebrating the scrumptious dessert.
  21. In Taiwan, April 3 is observed as Children's Day, which was adopted from Japan after World War II. The day is marked with various events and activities aimed at celebrating the happiness and well-being of children.
  22. In 1981, the Osborne 1, the world's first portable computer, was introduced on April 3. The groundbreaking device paved the way for the development of laptops and mobile devices.
  23. On April 3, 2006, the Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA), often referred to as the British FBI, was established in the United Kingdom. The agency tackled organized crime, including drug trafficking, smuggling, and human trafficking.