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Apr 3, 2009

This Day in History: April 3


1924 - Marlon Brando, American actor (d. 2004)
1924 - Doris Day, American actress
1934 - Jane Goodall, English zoologist [pictured above]
1959 - David Hyde Pierce, American actor
1961 - Eddie Murphy, American actor/comedian


1860 - The Pony Express began, crossing prairies, plains, deserts, and mountains of western USA, usually a 10-day journey.
1882 - Jesse James was killed by Robert Ford.
1885 - Patent was granted to Gottlieb Daimler for his engine design. [First Daimler pictured below]

1895 - Oscar Wilde's trial of the libel case began, eventually resulting in his imprisonment on charges of homosexuality.
1968 - Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech
1973 - The first portable cell phone call was made in New York
1974 - "Super Outbreak", the largest tornado outbreak on record. In 18-hours, 148 tornadoes hit 13 states; 315-330 deaths, 5,484 injuries.
1987 - The jewellery of the late Duchess of Windsor (Wallis Simpson) was sold for £31m ($50m) - six times the expected figure.

1996 - American "Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski was arrested at his cabin in Montana. [Unabomber pictured at left] (News link)
2000 - United States v. Microsoft: Microsoft was ruled to have violated United States antitrust laws by keeping "an oppressive thumb" on its competitors
2004 - Islamic terrorists committed suicide. A month earlier (11 March 2004) ten coordinated bombs hit Madrid's commuter train system between 7:39am and 7:42am, 191 dead, approx. 1,800 wounded. On 3 April 2004, as police were closing in on the suspects, the terrorists blew themselves up with explosives.

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Jul 8, 2008

A computer program designed to save water for Australia's drought-stricken farmers has won a major international technology prize.

A team of four university students from Tasmania and Victoria developed the software and beat off competition from around the world to take out the Imagine Cup at the Musée du Louvre in Paris.

Sponsored by computer giant Microsoft, the competition involved more than 200,000 students from 100 countries.

Team SOAK (Smart Operational Agricultural ToolKit) from Australia impressed the judges with its unique software designed to help farmers monitor their water usage

Check out the website here.

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