On this day: April 3

POSTED: 03:52 PM PDT Mar 29, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Apr 02, 2016 

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 - Richmond
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Library of Congress

1865: During the American Civil War, Union forces capture Richmond, Virginia, the capital of the Confederate States of America. Fires set by retreating Confederate soldiers to destroy bridges, the city's armory and warehouses had burned out of control in the mostly evacuated city, leaving much of Richmond in ruins.


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