On this day: April 3

POSTED: 03:52 PM PDT Mar 29, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Apr 02, 2014 

The Pony Express begins, outlaw Jesse James is killed, the convicted Lindbergh baby kidnapper dies in the electric chair, the Unabomber is captured, and Iowa legalizes gay marriage, all on this day.

OTD April 3 - Boss Tweed
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1823: William Magear "Boss" Tweed, the politician most notable for being the "boss" of Tammany Hall, the Democratic Party political machine that played a major role in the politics of 19th century New York City and state, is born in New York City. Tweed spent a year in jail for stealing up to $45 million from New York City taxpayers through political corruption and died in jail in 1878 while waiting for a civil trial in which New York State was seeking to recover $6 million in embezzled funds.


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