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  • London, England
    Tuesday Apr 01, 1698

    April Fools' Day

    "see the Lions washed"

    London, England
    Tuesday Apr 01, 1698

    On April 1, 1698, several people were tricked into going to the Tower of London to "see the Lions washed".




  • Luxembourg Palace, Paris, France
    Friday Apr 01, 1814

    Napoleon

    Alexander addressed the Sénat conservateur

    Luxembourg Palace, Paris, France
    Friday Apr 01, 1814

    On 1 April, Alexander addressed the Sénat conservateur. Long docile to Napoleon, under Talleyrand's prodding it had turned against him. Alexander told the Sénat that the Allies were fighting against Napoleon, not France, and they were prepared to offer honorable peace terms if Napoleon were removed from power.




  • South Africa
    Saturday Apr 01, 1893

    Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

    Sailing for South Africa

    South Africa
    Saturday Apr 01, 1893

    In 1893, a Muslim merchant in Kathiawar named Dada Abdullah contacted Gandhi. Abdullah owned a large successful shipping business in South Africa. His distant cousin in Johannesburg needed a lawyer, and they preferred someone with Kathiawari heritage. Gandhi inquired about his pay for the work. They offered a total salary of £105 plus travel expenses. He accepted it, knowing that it would be at least one-year commitment in the Colony of Natal, South Africa, also a part of the British Empire. In April 1893, Gandhi aged 23, set sail for South Africa to be the lawyer for Abdullah's cousin.




  • Ireland
    Saturday Apr 01, 1916

    Irish War of Independence

    Irish republicans launched the Easter Rising against British rule

    Ireland
    Saturday Apr 01, 1916

    In April 1916, Irish republicans launched the Easter Rising against British rule and proclaimed an Irish Republic. Although it was crushed after a week of fighting, the Easter Rising and the British response led to greater popular support for Irish independence.




  • Landsberg, Germany
    Tuesday Apr 01, 1924

    Adolf Hitler

    Five years' imprisonment

    Landsberg, Germany
    Tuesday Apr 01, 1924

    On 1 April, Hitler was sentenced to five years' imprisonment at Landsberg Prison.




  • Wilhelmshaven, Germany
    Friday Apr 01, 1938

    Adolf Hitler

    Battleship Tirpitz

    Wilhelmshaven, Germany
    Friday Apr 01, 1938

    In a speech in Wilhelmshaven for the launch of the battleship Tirpitz on 1 April, he threatened to denounce the Anglo-German Naval Agreement if the British continued to guarantee Polish independence, which he perceived as an "encirclement" policy.




  • Spain
    Saturday Apr 01, 1939

    Francisco Franco

    Victory was proclaimed

    Spain
    Saturday Apr 01, 1939

    Victory was proclaimed on 1 April 1939, when the last of the Republican forces surrendered. On the same day, Franco placed his sword upon the altar of a church and in a vow, promised that he would never again take up his sword unless Spain itself was threatened with invasion.


  • Spain
    Saturday Apr 01, 1939
    21 PM

    World War II

    Spanish Civil War ended

    Spain
    Saturday Apr 01, 1939
    21 PM

    The Nationalists won the Spanish Civil War in April 1939.


  • Spain
    Saturday Apr 01, 1939

    Spanish Civil War

    Franco proclaimed victory in a radio speech

    Spain
    Saturday Apr 01, 1939

    Franco proclaimed victory in a radio speech aired on 1 April, when the last of the Republican forces surrendered.


  • Virginia, U.S.
    Wednesday Apr 01, 1942

    Desmond Doss: Hacksaw Ridge

    World War II service

    Virginia, U.S.
    Wednesday Apr 01, 1942

    Before the outbreak of World War II, Doss was employed as a joiner at a shipyard in Newport News, Virginia. He chose military service, despite being offered a deferment because of his shipyard work, on April 1, 1942, at Camp Lee, Virginia. He was sent to Fort Jackson in South Carolina for training with the reactivated 77th Infantry Division. Meanwhile, his brother Harold served aboard the USS Lindsey.


  • Paukkongyi, Bago Region, Myanmar
    Thursday Apr 01, 1948

    Conflict in Myanmar

    The first shots of the conflict in Paukkongyi

    Paukkongyi, Bago Region, Myanmar
    Thursday Apr 01, 1948

    On 2 April 1948, the CPB (the Communist Party of Burma) fired the first shots of the conflict in Paukkongyi, Pegu Region (present-day Bago Region).


  • U.S.
    Friday Apr 01, 1949

    Anna May Wong

    Impact

    U.S.
    Friday Apr 01, 1949

    After a six-year absence, Wong returned to film the same year with a small role in a B movie called Impact.


  • Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
    Monday Apr 01, 1963

    Martin Luther King

    Birmingham campaign

    Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
    Monday Apr 01, 1963

    In April 1963, the SCLC began a campaign against racial segregation and economic injustice in Birmingham, Alabama. The campaign used nonviolent but intentionally confrontational tactics, developed in part by Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker. Black people in Birmingham, organizing with the SCLC, occupied public spaces with marches and sit-ins, openly violating laws that they considered unjust.


  • Cupertino, California , U.S.
    Thursday Apr 01, 1976

    Apple Inc.

    Foundation

    Cupertino, California , U.S.
    Thursday Apr 01, 1976

    Apple Computer Company was founded on April 1, 1976, by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne.


  • Milton, Massachusetts, U.S.
    Tuesday Apr 01, 1980

    April Fools' Day

    Pranks (U.S.)

    Milton, Massachusetts, U.S.
    Tuesday Apr 01, 1980

    Great Blue Hill eruption prank: On April 1, 1980, Boston television station WNAC-TV aired a fake news bulletin at the end of the 6 o'clock news which reported that Great Blue Hill in Milton, Massachusetts was erupting. The prank resulted in panic in Milton, where some residents began to flee their homes. The executive producer of the 6 o'clock news, Homer Cilley, was fired by the station for "his failure to exercise good news judgment" and for violating the Federal Communications Commission's rules about showing stock footage without identifying it as such.


  • U.S.
    Thursday Apr 01, 1982

    Computer

    The Grid Compass

    U.S.
    Thursday Apr 01, 1982

    The first mobile computers were heavy and ran from mains power. The first laptops, such as the Grid Compass, removed this requirement by incorporating batteries – and with the continued miniaturization of computing resources and advancements in portable battery life.


  • United Kingdom
    Thursday Apr 01, 1982

    Falklands War

    Leach sent orders to a Royal Navy force carrying out exercises

    United Kingdom
    Thursday Apr 01, 1982

    During a crisis meeting headed by the Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Sir Henry Leach, advised them that "Britain could and should send a task force if the islands are invaded". On 1 April, Leach sent orders to a Royal Navy force carrying out exercises in the Mediterranean to prepare to sail south.


  • Stockholm, Sweden
    Friday Apr 01, 1988

    Nokia

    Buying The Computer Division of Ericsson's Information Systems

    Stockholm, Sweden
    Friday Apr 01, 1988

    On 1 April 1988, Nokia bought the computer division of Ericsson's Information Systems, which originated as a computer division of Swedish aircraft and car manufacturer Saab called Datasaab.


  • Bijeljina, Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Wednesday Apr 01, 1992

    Bosnian War

    The Bijeljina Killings

    Bijeljina, Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Wednesday Apr 01, 1992

    The Bijeljina Killings (of mostly Bosniaks) on 1–2 April.


  • U.S.
    Thursday Apr 01, 1993

    IBM

    The Biggest Loss

    U.S.
    Thursday Apr 01, 1993

    In 1993 IBM posted an US$8 billion loss – at the time the biggest in American corporate history. Lou Gerstner was hired as CEO from RJR Nabisco to turn the company around, on 1 April 1993.


  • Russia
    Tuesday Apr 01, 1997

    Ayman al-Zawahiri

    Imprisonment in Russia

    Russia
    Tuesday Apr 01, 1997

    In April 1997, the trio (Ahmad Salama Mabruk - Mahmud Hisham al-Hennawi - al-Zawahiri) were sentenced to six months, and were subsequently released a month later and ran off without paying their court-appointed attorney Abulkhalik Abdusalamov his $1,800 legal fee citing their "poverty".


  • Mountain View, California, U.S.
    Saturday Apr 01, 2000

    Google LLC

    The First April Fools' Day Jokes

    Mountain View, California, U.S.
    Saturday Apr 01, 2000

    Google has a tradition of creating April Fools' Day jokes. Its first on April 1, 2000 was Google MentalPlex which allegedly featured the use of mental power to search the web.


  • Belgrade, Serbia (Then Yugoslavia)
    Sunday Apr 01, 2001

    Slobodan Milošević

    Milošević was arrested

    Belgrade, Serbia (Then Yugoslavia)
    Sunday Apr 01, 2001

    Milošević was arrested by Yugoslav authorities on 1 April 2001, following a 36-hour armed standoff between police and Milošević's bodyguards at his Belgrade villa. Although no official charges were made, Milošević was suspected of abuse of power and corruption.


  • Houston, Texas, U.S.
    Sunday Apr 01, 2001

    Dwayne Johnson

    WrestleMania X-Seven

    Houston, Texas, U.S.
    Sunday Apr 01, 2001

    The Rock feuded with the Royal Rumble winner, Stone Cold Steve Austin, whom he lost the title to at WrestleMania X-Seven after Austin allied with Vince McMahon, who interfered on his behalf.


  • Bletchley, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
    Tuesday Apr 01, 2003

    Alan Turing

    Turing's work at Bletchley Park was named an IEEE Milestone

    Bletchley, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
    Tuesday Apr 01, 2003

    On 1 April 2003, Turing's work at Bletchley Park was named an IEEE Milestone.


  • Camberley, England
    Saturday Apr 01, 2006

    Prince Harry

    Graduation

    Camberley, England
    Saturday Apr 01, 2006

    In April 2006, Harry completed his officer training and was commissioned as a Cornet (second lieutenant) in the Blues and Royals, a regiment of the Household Cavalry in the British Army.


  • Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Thursday Apr 01, 2010

    League of Legends

    Urf the Manatee

    Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Thursday Apr 01, 2010

    In 2010 Riot staged an April Fool's Joke where they introduced a fake new champion, "Urf the Manatee." After a large amount of enthusiasm from the game's player base, Riot decided to donate the proceeds made from selling in-game skins to the Save the Manatee Club, a national non-profit organization striving to save and raise awareness of manatees.


  • Miami Gardens, Florida, U.S.
    Sunday Apr 01, 2012

    Dwayne Johnson

    WrestleMania XXVIII

    Miami Gardens, Florida, U.S.
    Sunday Apr 01, 2012

    On April 1, at WrestleMania XXVIII, The Rock beat Cena in the main event after countering Cena's attempt at a People's Elbow into a Rock Bottom.


  • Russia
    Monday Apr 01, 2013

    Garry Kasparov

    Joined in an HRF condemnation of Kanye West

    Russia
    Monday Apr 01, 2013

    In April 2013, joined in an HRF condemnation of Kanye West for having performed for the leader of Kazakhstan in exchange for a $3 million paycheck, saying that West "has entertained a brutal killer and his entourage" and that his fee "came from the loot stolen from the Kazakhstan treasury".


  • Brazil
    Wednesday Apr 01, 2015

    Lula da Silva

    The Public Ministry of Brazil opened an investigation into allegations of influence peddling by Lula

    Brazil
    Wednesday Apr 01, 2015

    In April 2015, the Public Ministry of Brazil opened an investigation into allegations of influence peddling by Lula, which claimed that between 2011 and 2014 he had lobbied for government contracts in foreign countries for the Odebrecht company and had also persuaded the Brazilian Development Bank to finance the projects in Ghana, Angola, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic.


  • Palo Alto, California, U.S.
    Monday Apr 01, 2019

    Tesla, Inc.

    Settlement with the United States Environmental Protection Agency

    Palo Alto, California, U.S.
    Monday Apr 01, 2019

    On April 1, 2019, Tesla reached a settlement with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its mishandling of hazardous waste in 2017.


  • San Jose, California, U.S.
    Wednesday Apr 01, 2020

    Zoom Video Communications

    Zoom announced a 90-day freeze on releasing new features

    San Jose, California, U.S.
    Wednesday Apr 01, 2020

    On April 1, 2020, Zoom announced a 90-day freeze on releasing new features, to focus on fixing privacy and security issues on Zoom.


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