Today is Monday, April 3, the 93rd day of 2017 with 272 to follow.
The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Venus. Evening stars are Mercury, Mars and Jupiter.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Aries. They include historian/story writer Washington Irving in 1783; author/naturalist John Burroughs in 1837; actor Leslie Howard in 1893; publisher Henry Luce in 1898; comedian George Jessel in 1898; dancer Sally Rand in 1904; actor Iron Eyes Cody in 1904; newspaper columnist Herb Caen in 1916; actor Doris Day in 1924 (age 93); actor Marlon Brando in 1924; astronaut Virgil "Gus" Grissom in 1926; anthropologist Jane Goodall in 1934 (age 83); actor Marsha Mason in 1942 (age 75); entertainer Wayne Newton in 1942 (age 75); singer Tony Orlando in 1944 (age 73); musician Richard Thompson in 1949 (age 68); actor Alec Baldwin in 1958 (age 59); actor David Hyde Pierce in 1959 (age 58); actor/comedian Eddie Murphy in 1961 (age 56); singer Sebastian Bach in 1968 (age 49); Olympic skier Picabo Street in 1971 (age 46); actor Jennie Garth in 1972 (age 45); actor Cobie Smulders in 1982 (age 35); actor Amanda Bynes in 1986 (age 31).
On this date in history:
In 1860, the Pony Express postal service began, with riders leaving St. Joseph, Mo., and Sacramento at the same time.
In 1865, as the Civil War drew to a close, Richmond, Va., and nearby Petersburg surrendered to Union forces.
In 1944, in a case out of Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that barring African-Americans from voting violated the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
In 1948, U.S. President Harry S. Truman signed the Marshall Plan, aimed to help European countries recover from World War II.
In 1991, the U.N. Security Council passed a cease-fire resolution to end the Persian Gulf War.
In 1995, owners and players of Major League Baseball approved an agreement ending a 232-day strike that forced the cancellation of hundreds of games and the 1994 World Series.
In 1996, the FBI raided a Montana cabin and arrested Theodore Kaczynski, a former college professor, accusing him of being the "Unabomber" whose mail bombs had killed three people and injured 23 since the 1970s. Kaczynski was sentenced to life in prison.
In 2000, the Department of Justice ruled that Microsoft had become a monopoly and in the process, had violated United States antitrust law. Four months later the court ordered the breakup of the technology company.
In 2003, U.S. President George W. Bush told Marines at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina that victory was at hand in Iraq. On that day, coalition troops crossed the Tigris River and moved to within 25 miles of Baghdad.
In 2010, Apple released the first generation of its iPad and within a month had sold more than one million devices. As of January 2015, the company had sold more than 250 million iPads.
In 2013, a Pew Research Poll found 84 percent of U.S. Catholics had a favorable impression of new Pope Francis.
In 2016, the so-called Panama Papers, an unprecedented leak of millions of documents, revealed that politicians, prominent world leaders, and celebrities hid millions in secret offshore tax shelters to skirt tax laws.
A thought for the day: "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" -- Pope Francis