April 1 in Pop Culture History
|April 1st is…
401 Day (in Rhode Island)
April Fools’ Day
Fossil Fools Day
International Bull Terrier Day
Jump In Muddy Puddles Day
Love Our Children Day
National One Cent Day
Poetry & Creative Mind Day
Reading is Funny Day
Sorry Charlie Day
Sourdough Bread Day
Trombone Players Day
US Air Force Acadamy Day
April 1st is the perfect day for companies to market risky ideas.
1789 – Pennsylvania Representative Frederick Augustus Conrad Muhlenberg was elected the first US Speaker of the House of Representatives.
1853 – The first professional, full-time US fire department with salaried firemen was established in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1875 – Sir Francis Galton published the first newspaper weather map, in The Times in London, England
1877 – Edward Schieffelin founded Tombstone, Arizona, best known as the place where Doc Holliday and the Earp brothers had their shoot-out with the Clantons and McLaurys at the O.K. Corral in 1881
1934 – Bonnie and Clyde kill two young highway patrolmen near Grapevine, Texas.
1938 – The first panda to live in captivity outside China, Su Lin, died after a twig lodged in his throat at the Brookfield Zoo, Chicago.
1957 – The BBC broadcast the ‘spaghetti-tree hoax’ on its current affairs program Panorama, showing spaghetti being harvested from trees.
1960 – The first weather observation satellite, Tiros I, was launched from Cape Kennedy, Florida, and made the first television picture from space.
1960 – Dr. Martens released its first boots, the model 1460.
1963 – ABC premiered General Hospital, the daytime drama that eventually became the network’s longest-running (soap opera) serial program produced in Hollywood. On the same day, NBC debuted The Doctors.
1965 – On April 1, 1965, Michael O’Mahony claimed on BBC TV to have invented Smell-O-Vision. Numerous viewers called in and reported having experienced coffee and onion aromas through their TV sets. #dontbeleiveanythingaprilfirst
1970 – President Richard Nixon signed legislation officially banning cigarette ads on television and radio.
1976 – Apple Computer Company was formed by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne.
1977 (Tornado) Madaripur and Shibchar, Bangladesh
1979 – Nickelodeon kid’s cable channel was launched.
1983 – Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life and Screwballs were released in theaters.
1984 – Singer Marvin Gaye was shot three times and killed by his father during a domestic dispute.
1988 – Beetlejuice, The Seventh Sign, and Bright Lights, Big City debuted in theaters.
1989 – #1 Hit April 1, 1989 – April 7, 1989: The Bangles – Eternal Flame
1994 – Major League II and Thumbelina were released in theaters.
1997 – As part of a crossover April Fools joke, Pat Sajak hosted Jeopardy, and Alex Trebek hosted Wheel of Fortune.
2004 – Gmail was launched on April 1 and was widely assumed to be an April Fools’ Day prank. They offered 1GB free storage in 2004, while other webmail services typically provided between 5MB – 50MB.
2005 – Sin City debuted in theaters.
2006 – #1 Hit April 1, 2006 – April 7, 2006: Sean Paul – Temperature
2007 – Google sent an email to all of its employees warning that a python was loose inside their New York office. It was not a joke.