About April 1

April 1, 2022 is the 91st day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 274 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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Aries is the sun 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 296 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

April 1: More About This Day

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

What Happened On April 1

  • 286
    Emperor Diocletian elevates his general Maximian to co-emperor with the rank of Augustus and gives him control over the Western regions of the Roman Empire.
  • 1572
    In the Eighty Years’ War, the Watergeuzen capture Brielle from the Spaniards, gaining the first foothold on land for what would become the Dutch Republic.
  • 1854
    Hard Times begins serialisation in Charles Dickens’ magazine, Household Words.
  • 1871
    The first stage of the Brill Tramway opened.
  • 1873
    The British steamer RMS Atlantic sinks off Nova Scotia, killing 547.
  • 1908
    The Territorial Force (renamed Territorial Army in 1920) is formed as a volunteer reserve component of the British Army.
  • 1924
    The Royal Canadian Air Force is formed.
  • 1933
    The recently elected Nazis under Julius Streicher organize a one-day boycott of all Jewish-owned businesses in Germany, ushering in a series of anti-Semitic acts.
  • 1937
    Aden becomes a British crown colony. Bombing of Jaén, Spain by Nazi forces.
  • 1946
    Aleutian Island earthquake: A 7.8 magnitude earthquake near the Aleutian Islands creates a tsunami that strikes the Hawaiian Islands killing 159, mostly in Hilo.
  • 1948
    Cold War: Berlin Airlift– Military forces, under direction of the Russian-controlled government in East Germany, set-up a land blockade of West Berlin.
  • 1949
    Chinese Civil War: The Communist Party of China holds unsuccessful peace talks with the Kuomintang in Beijing, after three years of fighting.
  • 1949
    The Canadian government repeals Japanese Canadian internment after seven years.
  • 1955
    The EOKA rebellion against The British Empire begins in Cyprus, with the goal of obtaining the desired unification (“enosis”) with Greece.
  • 1960
    The TIROS-1 satellite transmits the first television picture from space.
  • 1974
    In the United Kingdom, the Metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties come into being.
  • 1979
    Iran becomes an Islamic Republic by a 98% vote, officially overthrowing the Shah.
  • 1989
    Margaret Thatcher’s new local government tax, the Community Charge (commonly known as the “poll tax”), is introduced in Scotland.
  • 2001
    Former President of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milošević surrenders to police special forces, to be tried on war crimes charges.
  • 2001
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal in the Netherlands, the first country to allow it.

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