About April 1

April 1, 2024 is the 92nd day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 274 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

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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 303 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

  • 527
    Byzantine Emperor Justin I names his nephew Justinian I as co-ruler and successor to the throne.
  • 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.
  • 1789
    In New York City, the United States House of Representatives holds its first quorum and elects Frederick Muhlenberg of Pennsylvania as its first House Speaker.
  • 1833
    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
  • 1865
    American Civil War: Battle of Five Forks – In Siege of Petersburg, Confederate General Robert E. Lee begins his final offensive.
  • 1871
    The first stage of the Brill Tramway opened.
  • 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.
  • 1944
    Navigation errors lead to an accidental American bombing of the Swiss city of Schaffhausen.
  • 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.
  • 1959
    Iakovos is enthroned as Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America.
  • 1960
    The TIROS-1 satellite transmits the first television picture from space.
  • 1967
    The United States Department of Transportation begins operation.
  • 1969
    The Hawker Siddeley Harrier enters service with the Royal Air Force.
  • 1974
    In the United Kingdom, the Metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties come into being.
  • 1976
    Conrail takes over operations from six bankrupt railroads in the Northeastern U.S.
  • 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.
  • 1999
    Nunavut is established as a Canadian territory carved out of the eastern part of the Northwest Territories.
  • 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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