On April 3, 1822, writer Edward Everett Hale is born in Boston. Among his most famous words: “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. What I can do, I should do. And what I should do, by the grace of God, I will do.”
On April 3, 1968, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech at Mason Temple in Memphis, Tenn. He is assassinated a day later.
On April 3, 1996, Carl Stokes dies of cancer at 68 in his hometown of Cleveland. When voters elected him mayor of that city in 1967, he became the first African-American mayor of a major U.S. city.