Today in History: April 3

Today in History: April 3

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0628

In Persia, Kavadh sues for peace with the Byzantines.

1367

John of Gaunt and Edward the Black Prince win the Battle of Najera, in Spain.

1559

Philip II of Spain and Henry II of France sign the peace of Cateau-Cambresis, ending a long series of wars between the Hapsburg and Valois dynasties.

1860

The Pony Express connects St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, California.

1862

Slavery is abolished in Washington, D.C.

1865

Union forces occupy the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia.

1882

The American outlaw Jesse James is shot in the back and killed by his cousin, Bob Ford.

1910

Alaska's Mount McKinley, the highest mountain in North America is climbed.

1920

F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Sayre are married at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City.

1936

Bruno Hauptmann, killer of the Lindbergh baby, is executed.

1942

The Japanese begin their all-out assault on the U.S. and Filipino troops at Bataan.

1944

The U.S. Supreme Court rules that black citizens are eligible to vote in all elections, including primaries.

1948

President Harry Truman signs Marshall Plan. It will revive war-torn Europe.

1966

Three-thousand South Vietnamese Army troops lead a protest against the Ky regime in Saigon.

1972

Charlie Chaplin returns to the United States after a twenty-year absence.

1984

Coach John Thompson of Georgetown University becomes the first African-American coach to win an NCAA basketball tournament.