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, 26,428,320 minutes 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
Robert Winchelsey leaves England for Rome, to be consecrated as Archbishop of Canterbury.
The Convention of 1833, a political gathering of settlers in Mexican Texas to help draft a series of petitions to the Mexican government, begins in San Felipe de Austin
American Civil War: Battle of Five Forks – In Siege of Petersburg, Confederate General Robert E. Lee begins his final offensive.
Singapore becomes a British crown colony.
The Wrigley Company is founded in Chicago, Illinois.
World War II: Operation Iceberg – United States troops land on Okinawa in the last campaign of the war.
Bangladesh Liberation War: The Pakistan Army massacred over 1,000 people in Keraniganj Upazila, Bangladesh.
In the United Kingdom, the Metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties come into being.
The Jovian–Plutonian gravitational effect hoax is first reported by British astronomer Patrick Moore.
Comet Hale-Bopp is seen passing over perihelion.
Who were born on April 1?
Joseph de Maistre, French diplomat and writer (d. 1821)
Debbie Reynolds, American actress
Tomas Alfredson, Swedish film director
Darren McCarty, Canadian ice hockey player
Haimar Zubeldia, Spanish cyclist
Etan Thomas, American basketball player
Tamati Ellison, New Zealand rugby player
Gilberto Macena, Brazilian footballer
Jan Blokhuijsen, Dutch speed skater
Asa Butterfield, English actor
Who died on April 1?
St. Hugues, Bishop of Grenoble (b. 1053)
Frederick Maurice, English theologian (b. 1805)
John Corry Wilson Daly, Canadian politician (b. 1796)
Charles I of Austria (b. 1887)
Jussi Kekkonen, Finnish major (b. 1910)
Douglass Wallop, American novelist and playwright (b. 1920)
Michael Havers, British barrister and politician (b. 1923)
Lucy Rie, American potter (b. 1902)
Leslie Cheung, Hong Kong actor and singer (b. 1956)
Robert Coldwell Wood, American educator (b. 1923)
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