About April 1

April 1, 2020 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.

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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 317 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

  • 1340
    Niels Ebbesen kills Gerhard III of Holstein in his bedroom, ending the 1332-1340 interregnum in Denmark.
  • 1865
    American Civil War: Battle of Five Forks – In Siege of Petersburg, Confederate General Robert E. Lee begins his final offensive.
  • 1873
    The British steamer RMS Atlantic sinks off Nova Scotia, killing 547.
  • 1922
    Six Irish Catholic civilians are shot and beaten-to-death by a gang of policemen in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
  • 1924
    Adolf Hitler is sentenced to five years in jail for his participation in the “Beer Hall Putsch”. However, he spends only nine months in jail, during which he writes Mein Kampf.
  • 1936
    Orissa formerly known as Kalinga or Utkal becomes a state in India.
  • 1937
    Aden becomes a British crown colony. Bombing of Jaén, Spain by Nazi forces.
  • 1939
    Generalísimo Francisco Franco of the Spanish State announces the end of the Spanish Civil War, when the last of the Republican forces surrender.
  • 1941
    A military coup in Iraq overthrows the regime of 'Abd al-Ilah and installs Rashid Ali as Prime Minister.
  • 1944
    Navigation errors lead to an accidental American bombing of the Swiss city of Schaffhausen.
  • 1945
    World War II: Operation Iceberg – United States troops land on Okinawa in the last campaign of the war.
  • 1957
    The BBC broadcasts the spaghetti tree hoax on its current affairs programme Panorama.
  • 1959
    Iakovos is enthroned as Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America.
  • 1969
    The Hawker Siddeley Harrier enters service with the Royal Air Force.
  • 1970
    President Richard Nixon signs the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act into law, requiring the Surgeon General’s warnings on tobacco products and banning cigarette advertisements on television and radio in the United States, starting on January 1, 1971.
  • 1971
    Bangladesh Liberation War: The Pakistan Army massacred over 1,000 people in Keraniganj Upazila, Bangladesh.
  • 1974
    In the United Kingdom, the Metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties come into being.
  • 1976
    Apple Inc. is formed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.
  • 2001
    An EP-3E United States Navy surveillance aircraft collides with a Chinese People’s Liberation Army Shenyang J-8 fighter jet. The Navy crew makes an emergency landing in Hainan, People’s Republic of China and is detained.
  • 2001
    Former President of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milošević surrenders to police special forces, to be tried on war crimes charges.

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