MILESTONES: April 3, birthdays for Alec Baldwin, Eddie Murphy, Jennie Garth
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include primatologist Jane Goodall, who was born in 1934; musician Jeff Barry, who was born in Brooklyn in 1938; musician Tony Orlando, who was born in 1944; musician Mitch Woods, who was born in Brooklyn in 1951; actor Alec Baldwin, who was born in 1958; “Frasier” star David Hyde Pierce, who was born in 1959; comedian and actor Eddie Murphy, who was born in Brooklyn in 1961; former New York Giants running back Rodney Hampton, who was born in 1969; “Beverly Hills 90210” star Jennie Garth, who was born in 1972; “How I Met Your Mother” star Cobie Smulders, who was born in 1982; musician Leona Lewis, who was born in 1985; actress and musician Hayley Kiyoko, who was born in 1991; and actress and musician Paris Jackson, who was born in 1998.
MERCY MISSION: The European Recovery Program went into effect on this day in 1948. Popularly known as the Marshall Plan, after Secretary of State George C. Marshall, the legislation was signed by President Harry Truman and enabled the distribution of more than $12 billion to Europe’s war-ravaged nations. The program ended in 1952.
SANDRA’S DAY: On this day in 1995, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor became the first woman to preside over the U.S. high court when she sat in for Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and second-in-seniority Justice John Paul Stevens when both were out of town. O’Connor, appointed in 1981 by President Ronald Reagan, was the first woman to serve on the court. She retired in 2006.
“If we die, we want people to accept it. We’re in a risky business, and we hope that if anything happens to us it will not delay the program. The conquest of space is worth the risk of life.”
— astronaut Virgil “Gus’ Grissom, who was born in this day in 1926
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