Apr-3: A Day of Vision and Loss

April 3 is a day of men with vision – MLK, Brando, Truman and Jobs as well as the anniversary of the tragic death of Ron Brown.

1860

Launch of Pony Express

From April 3, 1860 to October 1861, it became the West’s most direct means of east–west communication before the telegraph was established and was vital for tying the new state of California with the rest of the United States.

1924

The Greatest American Actor Born

A cultural icon, Brando is most famous for his Academy Award-winning performances as Terry Malloy in On the Waterfront (1954) and Vito Corleone in The Godfather (1972), as well as influential performances in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), Viva Zapata! (1952),Julius Caesar (1953), The Wild One (1953), Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967), Last Tango in Paris (1972), and Apocalypse Now (1979).

1948

Truman Signs Marshall Plan Legislation

The Marshall Plan (officially the European Recovery Program, ERP) was an American initiative to aid Western Europe, in which the United States gave $13 billion (approximately $130 billion in current dollar value as of March 2016) in economic support to help rebuild Western European economies after the end of World War II.

1968

MLK’s “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop”

“I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” is the popular name of the last speech delivered by Martin Luther King, Jr.  King spoke on April 3, 1968, at the Mason Temple (Church of God in Christ Headquarters) in Memphis, Tennessee. On the following day, King was assassinated.

1973

First Mobile Call

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.

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1981

Osborne 1 – The First Portable Computer

The  Osborne 1 was the first commercially successful portable microcomputer, released on April 3, 1981 by Osborne Computer Corporation. It weighed 10.7 kg (23.5 lb), cost $1,795 USD, and ran the CP/M 2.2 operating system.  Sales of the Osborne 1 were hurt by the company’s premature announcement of superior successor machines such as the Osborne Executive, a phenomenon later called the Osborne effect.   The Company was in bankruptcy by 1983.

1996

Commerce Secretary Ron Brown Killed in Plane Crash

Ron Brown, the first African-American Commerce Secretary and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee was killed in a plane crash in the Croatian mountains along with 34 others.

2010

Release of the First Generation iPad

Apple sold 300,000 iPads on their first day of availability and reached a million by May 3rd. 

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