Wednesday 3 April 2024 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days
: Career Holidays (Recognition Holidays)
, Chocolate holidays
, Cyber Holidays
, Food holidays
, Pet and Animal Holidays
, Smart events
, South Africa
, US Holidays
, US Virgin Islands
, United Kingdom
, Unusual Holidays (Weird and Funny Holidays)
, Worldwide Holidays
Holidays and observances
- 2010 – Apple Inc. released the first generation iPad, a tablet computer.
- 2009 – Jiverly Antares Wong opens fire at the American Civic Association immigration center in Binghamton, New York, killing thirteen and wounding four before committing suicide.
- 2000 – United States v. Microsoft Corp.: Microsoft is ruled to have violated United States antitrust law by keeping "an oppressive thumb" on its competitors.
- 1996 – Suspected "Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski is captured at his Montana cabin in the United States.
- 1981 – The Osborne 1, the first successful portable computer, is unveiled at the West Coast Computer Faire in San Francisco.
- 1973 – Martin Cooper of Motorola makes the first handheld mobile phone call to Joel S. Engel of Bell Labs.
- 1969 – Vietnam War: United States Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird announces that the United States will start to "Vietnamize" the war effort.
- 1955 – The American Civil Liberties Union announces it will defend Allen Ginsberg's book Howl against obscenity charges.
- 1948 – United States President Harry S. Truman signs the Marshall Plan, authorizing $5 billion in aid for 16 countries.
- 1942 – World War II: Japanese forces begin an assault on the United States and Filipino troops on the Bataan Peninsula.
- 1933 – First flight over Mount Everest, a British expedition, led by the Marquis of Clydesdale, and funded by Lucy, Lady Houston.
- 1922 – Joseph Stalin becomes the first General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
- 1888 – The first of eleven unsolved brutal murders of women committed in or near the impoverished Whitechapel district in the East End of London, occurs.
- 1885 – Gottlieb Daimler is granted a German patent for his engine design.
- 1882 – American Old West: Robert Ford kills Jesse James.
- 1865 – American Civil War: Union forces capture Richmond, Virginia, the capital of the Confederate States of America.
- 1860 – The first successful United States Pony Express run from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California, begins.
- 1077 – The first Parliament of Friuli is created.
- 1991 – Hayley Kiyoko, American actress and singer. She appeared in a variety of films including Scooby-Doo! film series (2009–10), Lemonade Mouth (2011), Blue Lagoon: The Awakening (2012), Jem and the Holograms (2015), and XOXO (2016).
- 1990 – Madison Brengle, American tennis player. Madison Brengle (born April 3, 1990) is an American tennis player.
- 1988 – Brandon Graham, American football player. Brandon Lee Graham (born April 3, 1988) is an American football defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL).
- 1988 – Kam Chancellor, American football player. He was the leader of the team's Legion of Boom defensive unit that defeated the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.
- 1987 – Jason Kipnis, American baseball player. Jason Michael Kipnis (born April 3, 1987; nicknamed "Kip") is an American professional baseball second baseman and center fielder who is currently a free agent.
- 1987 – Jay Bruce, American baseball player. Jay Bruce (born April 3, 1987) is an American professional baseball corner outfielder for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball (MLB).
- 1987 – Julie Sokolow, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. She directed the films Woman on Fire (2016), Aspie Seeks Love (2015), and the Healthy Artists series (2012-4).
- 1987 – Rachel Bloom, American actress, writer, and producer. She also created the Hugo Award-nominated music video "Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury".
- 1986 – Amanda Bynes, American actress. From 2002 to 2006, Bynes starred as Holly Tyler in the sitcom What I Like About You on The WB.
- 1986 – Stephanie Cox, American soccer player. Stephanie Renee "Steph" Cox (born April 3, 1986; née Lopez), is an American professional soccer player and coach.
- 1982 – Jared Allen, American football player. After playing college football for Idaho State University, he was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL) in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft.
- 1981 – Aaron Bertram, American trumpet player. Aaron Bertram (born April 3, 1981, in Lubbock, Texas) is a trumpet player for third wave ska band Suburban Legends, and member of the children's group Kids Imagine Nation and is currently teaching music and movement to preschool students in Orange County, CA.
- 1981 – DeShawn Stevenson, American basketball player. He originally committed to play at the University of Kansas, but decided to enter the NBA directly from high school and was picked by the Utah Jazz with the 23rd selection of the 2000 NBA draft.
- 1978 – Tommy Haas, German-American tennis player. After breaking into the world top 100 in 1997, and reaching a career-high singles ranking of world No. 2 in May 2002, his career was interrupted by injuries: Haas twice dropped out of the world rankings due to being unable to play for twelve months.
- 1975 – Aries Spears, American comedian and actor. In 2011, he released a special called Aries Spears: Hollywood, Look I'm Smiling.
- 1975 – Michael Olowokandi, Nigerian-American basketball player. He played professionally until 2007.
- 1975 – Shawn Bates, American ice hockey player. Shawn William Bates (born April 3, 1975 in Medford, Massachusetts) is an American former professional ice hockey center.
- 1974 – Drew Shirley, American guitarist and songwriter. Andrew Philip "Drew" Shirley (born April 3, 1974) is an American rock guitarist, formerly of All Together Separate, and since 2005 of the Grammy Award winning alternative rock band Switchfoot.
- 1974 – Marcus Brown, American basketball player. A three time All-EuroLeague selection, Brown has been mentioned as being one of the top U.S. players ever to play abroad.
- 1972 – Jennie Garth, American actress and director. In 2012, she starred in her own reality show, Jennie Garth: A Little Bit Country on CMT.
- 1971 – Picabo Street, American skier. Picabo Street (/ˈpiːkəbuː/; born April 3, 1971) is an American former World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic gold medalist.
- 1969 – Rodney Hampton, American football player, was drafted by the New York Giants in the first round of the 1990 NFL Draft. He was a starting running back for the 1990 New York Giants who finished the year at 13-3 during the regular season while winning Super Bowl XXV on January 27, 1991.
- 1967 – Cat Cora, American chef and author. Catherine Ann Cora (born April 3, 1967) is an American professional chef best known for her featured role as an "Iron Chef" on the Food Network television show Iron Chef America and as co-host of Around the World in 80 Plates on Bravo.
- 1967 – Pervis Ellison, American basketball player. Pervis Ellison (born April 3, 1967) is an American former National Basketball Association (NBA) player.
- 1963 – Criss Oliva, American guitarist and songwriter, was an American musician who was the lead guitarist and co-founder of Savatage. During his lifetime, he released seven studio albums and one EP with the band.
- 1962 – Dave Miley, American baseball player and manager. David Allen Miley (born April 3, 1962) is an American former baseball player and manager.
- 1962 – Mike Ness, American singer-songwriter and guitarist, was formed in 1978.
- 1961 – Eddie Murphy, American actor and comedian. He has worked as a stand-up comedian and was ranked No. 10 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time.
- 1961 – Tim Crews, American baseball player (d. 1993), was a Major League Baseball pitcher who pitched six seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers – 1987 to 1992. He was a part of the Dodgers 1988 World Series winning team.
- 1959 – David Hyde Pierce, American actor and activist. Niles Crane on the NBC sitcom Frasier, for which he won four Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series during the show's run.
- 1958 – Alec Baldwin, American actor, comedian, producer and television host. Baldwin first gained recognition appearing on seasons 6 and 7 of the CBS television drama Knots Landing, in the role of Joshua Rush & narrated the American version of the fifth and sixth series of Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends.
- 1958 – Francesca Woodman, Jewish-American photographer (d. 1981), was an American photographer best known for her black and white pictures featuring either herself or female models.
- 1956 – Ray Combs, American game show host (d. 1996), was an American stand-up comedian, actor, and game show host.
- 1953 – Craig Taubman, American singer-songwriter and producer. He is also the executive producer of the Celebrate Series, 12 Jewish-themed compilation albums with titles like Celebrate Hip Hop and Celebrate Passover.
- 1953 – Sandra Boynton, American author and illustrator. She has also designed calendars, wallpaper, bedding, stationery, paper goods, clothing, jewelry, and plush toys for various companies.
- 1952 – Mike Moore, American lawyer and politician. Michael Moore is an American filmmaker and author.
- 1951 – Mitch Woods, American singer-songwriter and pianist. Mitch Woods (born April 3, 1951, Brooklyn, New York, United States) is an American modern day boogie-woogie, jump blues and jazz pianist and singer.
- 1949 – Lyle Alzado, American football player and actor (d. 1992), was an American professional All Pro football defensive end of the National Football League (NFL), famous for his intense and intimidating style of play.
- 1945 – Doon Arbus, American author and journalist. Her sister, Amy Arbus, is a photojournalist.
- 1944 – Tony Orlando, American singer. Michael Anthony Orlando Cassavitis (born April 3, 1944), known professionally as Tony Orlando, is an American singer, songwriter, producer, music executive, and actor, known for the group Tony Orlando and Dawn and their 1970s hits.
- 1943 – Hikaru Saeki, Japanese admiral, the first female star officer of the Japan Self-Defense Forces. After her service in several military hospitals and medical rooms aboard naval vessels, she became the first woman to head a JSDF hospital in 1997, promoted to rear admiral in 2001, and retired in 2003.
- 1942 – Billy Joe Royal, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2015), was an American pop and country singer. His most successful record was "Down in the Boondocks" in 1965.
- 1942 – Marsha Mason, American actress. The first two films also won her Golden Globe Awards.
- 1942 – Wayne Newton, American singer. Las Vegas and Mr.
- 1941 – Jan Berry, American singer-songwriter (d. 2004). Jan and Dean were an American rock duo consisting of William Jan Berry (April 3, 1941 – March 26, 2004) and Dean Ormsby Torrence (born March 10, 1940).
- 1941 – Philippé Wynne, American soul singer (d. 1984), was an American singer. Best known for his role as a lead singer of The Spinners (a role he shared with fellow group members Bobby Smith, and Henry Fambrough).
- 1939 – Hawk Taylor, American baseball player and coach (d. 2012), was a catcher for the Milwaukee Braves (1957–58 and 1961–63), New York Mets (1964–67), California Angels (1967) and Kansas City Royals (1969–70).
- 1939 – Paul Craig Roberts, American economist and politician. He is a promoter of supply-side economics and an opponent of recent U.S. foreign policy.
- 1938 – Jeff Barry, American singer-songwriter, and producer. Among the most successful songs that he has co-written in his career are "Do Wah Diddy Diddy", "Da Doo Ron Ron", "Then He Kissed Me", "Be My Baby", "Chapel of Love", and "River Deep - Mountain High" (all written with his then-wife Ellie Greenwich and Phil Spector); "Leader of the Pack" (written with Greenwich and Shadow Morton); and "Sugar, Sugar" (written with Andy Kim).
- 1938 – Phil Rodgers, American golfer, was an American professional golfer.
- 1936 – Harold Vick, American saxophonist and flute player (d. 1987), was an American hard bop and soul jazz saxophonist and flautist.
- 1936 – Jimmy McGriff, American organist and bandleader (d. 2008), was an American hard bop and soul-jazz organist and organ trio bandleader.
- 1933 – Bob Dornan, American politician. Robert Kenneth Dornan (born April 3, 1933) is an American politician who is a former Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from California.
- 1933 – Rod Funseth, American golfer (d. 1985), was an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour and the Senior PGA Tour (now PGA Tour Champions).
- 1931 – William Bast, American screenwriter and author (d. 2015). In addition to writing scripts for motion pictures and television, he was the author of two biographies of the screen actor James Dean.
- 1930 – Lawton Chiles, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 41st Governor of Florida (d. 1998), was an American politician from the U.S. state of Florida. He served as a United States Senator from 1971 to 1989 and as the 41st Governor of Florida from 1991 to 1998.
- 1930 – Wally Moon, American baseball player and coach, was an American professional baseball outfielder in Major League Baseball. Moon played his 12-year career in the major leagues for the St.
- 1929 – Fazlur Khan, Bangladeshi engineer and architect, co-designed the Willis Tower and John Hancock Center (d. 1982), was a Bangladeshi-American structural engineer and architect, who initiated important structural systems for skyscrapers. Considered the "father of tubular designs" for high-rises, Khan was also a pioneer in computer-aided design (CAD).
- 1928 – Don Gibson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2003), was an American songwriter and country musician. A Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, Gibson wrote such country standards as "Sweet Dreams" and "I Can't Stop Loving You", and enjoyed a string of country hits ("Oh Lonesome Me") from 1957 into the mid-1970s.
- 1928 – Earl Lloyd, American basketball player and coach (d. 2015), was an American professional basketball player and coach. He was the first black player to have played a game in the National Basketball Association.
- 1928 – Emmett Johns, Canadian priest, founded Dans la Rue, was a Canadian priest and humanitarian. He founded Dans la rue, formally known as Le Bon Dieu Dans La Rue (Dans La Rue), a homeless shelter and support group for street youth in Montreal, Quebec.
- 1927 – Wesley A. Brown, American general and engineer (d. 2012), was the first African-American graduate of the United States Naval Academy (USNA) in Annapolis, Maryland. He served in the United States Navy from May 2, 1944, until June 30, 1969.
- 1926 – Alex Grammas, American baseball player, manager, and coach. Alexander Peter Grammas (April 3, 1926 – September 13, 2019) was an American professional baseball infielder, manager and coach.
- 1926 – Gus Grissom, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut (d. 1967), was a United States Air Force (USAF) pilot and a member of the Mercury Seven selected by National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) as Project Mercury astronauts to be the first Americans in Space. He was also a Project Gemini and an Apollo program astronaut.
- 1924 – Marlon Brando, American actor and director (d. 2004), was an American actor and film director with a career spanning 60 years, during which he won the Oscar for Best Actor twice. He is well-regarded for his cultural influence on 20th-century film.
- 1923 – Daniel Hoffman, American poet and academic (d. 2013), was an American poet, essayist, and academic. He was appointed the twenty-second Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1973.
- 1922 – Doris Day, American singer and actress, was an American actress, singer, and animal welfare activist. She began her career as a big band singer in 1939, achieving commercial success in 1945 with two No. 1 recordings, "Sentimental Journey" and "My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time" with Les Brown & His Band of Renown.
- 1921 – Jan Sterling, American actress (d. 2004), was an American film, television and stage actress.
- 1921 – Robert Karvelas, American actor (d. 1991), was an American actor who was notable for his role as the Chief's dense assistant, Larrabee, on the 1960s sitcom Get Smart. He was Don Adams's cousin.
- 1920 – Stan Freeman, American composer and conductor (d. 2001), was an American composer, pianist, lyricist, musical arranger, conductor, and studio musician.
- 1919 – Ervin Drake, American songwriter and composer (d. 2015), was an American songwriter whose works include such American Songbook standards as "I Believe" and "It Was a Very Good Year". He wrote in a variety of styles and his work has been recorded by musicians around the world.
- 1918 – Mary Anderson, American actress (d. 2014). Mary Anderson is the name of:
- 1916 – Herb Caen, American journalist and author (d. 1997), was a San Francisco humorist and journalist whose daily column of local goings-on and insider gossip, social and political happenings, painful puns, and offbeat anecdotes—"a continuous love letter to San Francisco"—appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle for almost sixty years (excepting a relatively brief defection to The San Francisco Examiner) and made him a household name throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
- 1911 – Nanette Bordeaux, Canadian-American actress (d. 1956), was a French Canadian-born American film actress. Bordeaux made over 15 film appearances between 1942 and 1957.
- 1911 – Stanisława Walasiewicz, Polish-American runner (d. 1980), was a Polish track and field athlete, who became a women's Olympic champion in the 100 metres. She became an American citizen in 1947.
- 1905 – Robert Sink, American general (d. 1965), was a senior United States Army officer who fought during World War II, and the Korean War though he was most famous for his command of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, part of the 101st Airborne Division, throughout most of World War II, in France, Holland and Belgium. Sink is portrayed in the television miniseries Band of Brothers by Captain Dale Dye.
- 1904 – Iron Eyes Cody, American actor and stuntman (d. 1999), was an Italian-American actor. He portrayed Native Americans in Hollywood films, famously as Chief Iron Eyes in Bob Hope's The Paleface (1948).
- 1904 – Russel Wright, American furniture designer (d. 1976), was an American Industrial designer during the 20th century. Beginning in the late 1920s through the 1960s, Russel Wright created a succession of artistically distinctive and commercially successful items that helped bring modern design to the general public.
- 1904 – Sally Rand, American dancer (d. 1979), was an American burlesque dancer, vedette and actress, most noted for her ostrich feather fan dance and balloon bubble dance. She also performed under the name Billie Beck.
- 1898 – Henry Luce, American publisher, co-founded Time Magazine (d. 1967), was an American magazine magnate who was called "the most influential private citizen in the America of his day". He launched and closely supervised a stable of magazines that transformed journalism and the reading habits of millions of Americans.
- 1895 – Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Italian-American composer and educator (d. 1968), was an Italian composer, pianist and writer. He was known as one of the foremost guitar composers in the twentieth century with almost one hundred compositions for that instrument.
- 1895 – Zez Confrey, American pianist and composer (d. 1971), was an American composer and performer of novelty piano and jazz music. His most noted works were "Kitten on the Keys" and "Dizzy Fingers." Studying at the Chicago Musical College and becoming enthralled by French impressionists played a critical role in how he composed and performed music.
- 1888 – Thomas C. Kinkaid, American admiral (d. 1972). Thomas Cassin Kinkaid (3 April 1888 – 17 November 1972) served as an admiral in the United States Navy during World War II.
- 1886 – Dooley Wilson, American actor and singer (d. 1953), was an American actor, singer and musician who is best remembered as Sam in the 1942 film, Casablanca; in the film, he also performed its theme song, "As Time Goes By".
- 1885 – Allan Dwan, Canadian-American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1981), was a pioneering Canadian-born American motion picture director, producer, and screenwriter.
- 1885 – Bud Fisher, American cartoonist (d. 1954), was an American cartoonist who created Mutt and Jeff, the first successful daily comic strip in the United States.
- 1876 – Tomáš Baťa, Czech businessman, founded Bata Shoes (d. 1932), was a Czech entrepreneur, founder of the Bata Shoes company, one of the world's biggest multinational retailers, manufacturers and distributors of footwear and accessories.
- 1842 – Ulric Dahlgren, American colonel (d. 1864). The failed raid resulted in the Dahlgren Affair after incriminating documents were discovered on Dahlgren's corpse.
- 1837 – John Burroughs, American botanist and author (d. 1921), was an American naturalist and nature essayist, active in the U.S. conservation movement. The first of his essay collections was Wake-Robin in 1871.
- 1826 – Cyrus K. Holliday, American businessman (d. 1900), was one of the founders of the township of Topeka, Kansas, in the mid 19th century; and was Adjutant General of Kansas during the American Civil War. The title Colonel, however, was honorary.
- 1823 – George Derby, American lieutenant and journalist (d. 1861), was an early California humorist. He attended West Point with Ulysses S.
- 1823 – William M. Tweed, American politician (d. 1878), was an American politician most notable for being the "boss" of Tammany Hall, the Democratic Party political machine that played a major role in the politics of 19th century New York City and State. At the height of his influence, Tweed was the third-largest landowner in New York City, a director of the Erie Railroad, a director of the Tenth National Bank, a director of the New-York Printing Company, proprietor of the Metropolitan Hotel, a significant stockholder in iron mines and gas companies, a board member of the Harlem Gas Light Company, a board member of the Third Avenue Railway Company, a board member of the Brooklyn Bridge Company, and the president of the Guardian Savings Bank.
- 1822 – Edward Everett Hale, American minister, historian, and author (d. 1909), was an American author, historian, and Unitarian minister, best known for his writings such as "The Man Without a Country", published in Atlantic Monthly, in support of the Union during the Civil War. He was the grand-nephew of Nathan Hale, the American spy during the Revolutionary War.
- 1814 – Lorenzo Snow, American religious leader, 5th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (d. 1901), was an American religious leader who served as the fifth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1898 until his death. Snow was the last president of the LDS Church in the nineteenth century and the first in the twentieth.
- 1798 – Charles Wilkes, American admiral, geographer, and explorer (d.1877), was an American naval officer, ship's captain, and explorer. He led the United States Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842.
- 1783 – Washington Irving, American short story writer, essayist, biographer, historian (d. 1859), was an American short-story writer, essayist, biographer, historian, and diplomat of the early 19th century. He is best known for his short stories "Rip Van Winkle" (1819) and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" (1820), both of which appear in his collection The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.
- 1778 – Pierre Bretonneau, French doctor who performed the first successful tracheotomy (d. 1862), was a French medical doctor.
- 2016 – Joe Medicine Crow, American anthropologist, historian, and author (b. 1913)
- 2015 – Sarah Brady, American activist and author (b. 1942)
- 2014 – Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith, American guitarist, fiddler, and composer (b. 1921)
- 2014 – Fred Kida, American illustrator (b. 1920)
- 2013 – Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, German-American author and screenwriter (b. 1927)
- 2012 – Chief Jay Strongbow, American wrestler (b. 1928)
- 2000 – Terence McKenna, American botanist and philosopher (b. 1946)
- 1995 – Alfred J. Billes, Canadian businessman, co-founded Canadian Tire (b. 1902)
- 1994 – Frank Wells, American businessman (b. 1932)
- 1993 – Pinky Lee, American television host (b. 1907)
- 1991 – Charles Goren, American bridge player and author (b. 1901)
- 1990 – Sarah Vaughan, American singer (b. 1924)
- 1988 – Milton Caniff, American cartoonist (b. 1907)
- 1987 – Tom Sestak, American football player (b. 1936)
- 1982 – Warren Oates, American actor (b. 1928)
- 1981 – Juan Trippe, American businessman, founded Pan American World Airways (b. 1899)
- 1978 – Winston Sharples, American composer (b. 1909)
- 1976 – David M. Dennison, American physicist and academic (b. 1900)
- 1972 – Ferde Grofé, American pianist and composer (b. 1892)
- 1971 – Joseph Valachi, American gangster (b. 1904)
- 1957 – Ned Sparks, Canadian-American actor (b. 1883)
- 1950 – Carter G. Woodson, American historian, author, and journalist, founded Black History Month (b. 1875)
- 1950 – Kurt Weill, German-American composer and pianist (b. 1900)
- 1936 – Richard Hauptmann, German-American murderer (b. 1899)
- 1902 – Esther Hobart Morris, American lawyer and judge (b. 1814)
- 1882 – Jesse James, American criminal and outlaw (b. 1847)
- 1680 – Shivaji, Indian emperor, founded the Maratha Empire (b. 1630)