What happened this day in history

Wikipedia defines history as the discovery, collection, organization, and presentation of information about past events. It came from the Greek word ‘historia’ – which means ‘inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation’.

Did you know? There are many who claim Herodotus, a fifth century BC Greek historian, as the “father of history”.

This website utilizes pages from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are 105,060 records in the database that include events, births and deaths of popular individuals. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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What are the important events that happened on April 1? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

April 1: Facts & Myths About This Day

April 1 is the 92nd day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 274 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is March 19, 2020 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 440,472 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘enneacontadigon’ day.

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Aries is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Diamond is the modern birthstone for this month. Opal is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 317 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 2,658 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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April 1: This Day In History

April 1 is most notable in many countries for being April Fools’ Day.

April 1 Historical Events

  • 1887
    Mumbai Fire Brigade is established.
  • 1933
    English cricketer Wally Hammond set a record for the highest individual Test innings of 336 not out, during a Test match against New Zealand.
  • 1945
    World War II: Operation Iceberg – United States troops land on Okinawa in the last campaign of the war.
  • 1989
    Margaret Thatcher’s new local government tax, the Community Charge (commonly known as the “poll tax”), is introduced in Scotland.
  • 2011
    After protests against the burning of the Quran turned violent, a mob attacked a United Nations compound in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan and killed thirteen people, including eight foreign workers.

Who were born on April 1?

  • 1854
    Bill Traylor, American artist (d. 1949)
  • 1934
    Vladimir Posner, Russian journalist
  • 1968
    Traci Lind, American actress
  • 1980
    Bijou Phillips, American actress
  • 1987
    Li Ting, Chinese diver

Who died on April 1?

  • 1204
    Eleanor of Aquitaine, mother of Richard I of England and John of England (b. 1122)
  • 1890
    David Wilber, American politician (b. 1820)
  • 1922
    Charles I of Austria (b. 1887)
  • 1979
    Barbara Luddy, American actress (b. 1908)
  • 2004
    Aaron Bank, American Office of Strategic Services officer and founder of the US Army Special Forces (b. 1902)

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