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Sunday, April 3, 2005

Today in history—April 3

1783: Future lawyer and literary lion Washington Irving is born at New York City.

1823: William Marcy "Boss" Tweed is born at New York City. He will begin his career as a chair-maker and end it as a common seaman on a Spanish vessel, before dying in debtor’s prison.

1882: Accepting one of the most famous unilateral offers in U.S. history, Robert Ford shoots Jesse James in the back in St. Joseph, Missouri, to collect a $5,000 reward.

1895: Oscar Wilde makes one of the worst litigation decisions of all time, suing the Marquess of Queensberry for libel. The accompanying publicity will lead to an investigation which will send him to jail and largely end his celebrity career.

1948: President Truman signs the legislation creating the Marshall Plan, which will give $5 billion in aid to rebuild Western Europe.

1953: Odd that nobody thought of it before, but on this date TV Guide is published for the first time.

1985: The Senate confirms Frank Hoover Easterbrook as a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

2000: Judge Thomas Jackson rules that Microsoft Corp. has violated the U.S. antitrust laws.

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