About April 1

April 1, 2021 is the 91st day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 274 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

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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 306 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.
  • 1340
    Niels Ebbesen kills Gerhard III of Holstein in his bedroom, ending the 1332-1340 interregnum in Denmark.
  • 1826
    Samuel Morey patents the internal combustion engine.
  • 1854
    Hard Times begins serialisation in Charles Dickens’ magazine, Household Words.
  • 1867
    Singapore becomes a British crown colony.
  • 1893
    The rank of Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy is established.
  • 1908
    The Territorial Force (renamed Territorial Army in 1920) is formed as a volunteer reserve component of the British Army.
  • 1918
    The Royal Air Force is created by the merger of the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
    The Blockade Runner Badge for the German navy is instituted.
  • 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.
  • 1949
    The 26 counties of the Irish Free State become the Republic of Ireland.
  • 1949
    The Canadian government repeals Japanese Canadian internment after seven years.
  • 1957
    The BBC broadcasts the spaghetti tree hoax on its current affairs programme Panorama.
  • 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.
  • 1992
    Start of the Bosnian war.
  • 1999
    Nunavut is established as a Canadian territory carved out of the eastern part of the Northwest Territories.

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