April 3: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?
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- 1860 - The first successful United States Pony Express run from Saint Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California begins.
- 1948 - President Harry S. Truman signs the Marshall Plan, authorizing $5 billion in aid for 16 countries.
- 1968 - Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech.
- 1973 - Martin Cooper of Motorola makes the first handheld mobile phone call to Joel S. Engel of Bell Labs, though it took ten years for the DynaTAC 8000X to become the first such phone to be commercially released.
- 1981 - The Osborne 1, the first successful portable computer, is unveiled at the West Coast Computer Faire in San Francisco.
- Famous Birthdays: John Abernethy (English surgeon), John Burroughs (American botanist) Henry Luce (American publisher, co-founded Time Magazine), Henry Luce (American publisher, co-founded Time Magazine), Jane Goodall (English primatologist and ethologist)
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