By The Associated Press
Today in History
Today is Saturday April 3, the 93rd day of 2021. There are 272 days left in the year.
Todayís Highlight in History:
On April 3, 1968, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. delivered what turned out to be his final speech, telling a rally of striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee, that ìIíve been to the mountaintopî and ìseen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land!î (About 20 hours later, King was felled by an assassinís bullet at the Lorraine Motel.)
On this date:
In 1860, the legendary Pony Express began carrying mail between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California. (The delivery system lasted only 18 months before giving way to the transcontinental telegraph.)
In 1865, Union forces occupied the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia.
In 1882, outlaw Jesse James was shot to death in St. Joseph, Missouri, by Robert Ford, a member of Jamesí gang.
In 1936, Bruno Hauptmann was electrocuted in Trenton, New Jersey, for the kidnap-murder of Charles Lindbergh Jr.
In 1942, during World War II, Japanese forces began their final assault on Bataan against American and Filipino troopsd.