In April of 1996, Taco Bell announced in seven leading U.S. newspapers, including the New York Times, that the company had purchased the Liberty Bell to "reduce the country's debt" and renamed it the "Taco Liberty Bell". Outraged people were happy to hear that it was an April Fools Day prank. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tac…
During the fall of Saigon in April of 1975, the American radio station played "White Christmas" to signal American troops to immediately move to evacuation points en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fal…
In April 2008, Comcast sued the Chattanooga Electric Power Board (EPB) to prevent it from building a fiber network to serve residents who were getting slow speeds from the incumbent cable provider, and lost. After EPB launched in 2009, Comcast and AT&T finally started upgrading their services. arstechnica.com/informati…
There was a novel published 14 years before the Titanic sank (and well before it was built or conceptualized) about a supposedly unsinkable ship called the Titan that ultimately strikes an iceberg in the North Atlantic Sea and sinks in April en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Brood X, the largest and most wide-ranging brood of periodical cicadas in North America, is scheduled to emerge in the Midwest around April 2021, with trillions of cicadas expected. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
In 1997, Alex Trebek and Pat Sajak switched places as an April Fools Day joke youtube.com/watch?v=mmSJO…
On April 27, 2011, 360 total tornadoes were confirmed to have touched down in 21 states spanning from Texas to New York and southern Canada, killing 348 in total and making it the largest and deadliest tornado outbreaks recorded. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
According to Mikhail Gorbachev the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of April 1986 was the real reason behind the collapse of the Soviet Union five years later. slate.com/technology/2013…
In the wake of the contested 1872 election for governor of Louisiana, the Colfax massacre occurred Sunday, April 13, 1873, in Colfax, Louisiana where an estimated 62-153 black men were murdered by white Southerners. teachingamericanhistory.o…
On April Fools Day 1965 the BBC aired an interview with the supposed inventor of "SmelloVision" who cut onions and brewed coffee to prove he could transmit scents through a television screen. Viewers called and confirmed that they had received the smells. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sme…
In 1978 eccentric millionaire Dick Smith made world news by towing an enormous iceberg into Sydney Harbour, offering to cut it into ice cubes, or "dicksicles". This was actually an elaborate April Fool’s Day prank and the β€œiceberg” was actually made of shaving cream. pickle.nine.com.au/2016/0…
Today I learned of submarine USS Thresher. On 10 April 1963, Thresher sank during deep-diving tests about 350 km (220 mi) east of Boston, Massachusetts, killing all 129 crew and shipyard personnel aboard. It is the second-deadliest submarine incident on record. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
Before JFK, Oswald tried to kill army General Edwin Walker in April 1963. A tourist visited the General's place in August 1963 & films the scene of that attempt. He later unknowingly caught Oswald on video in August 9, while witnessing a commotion on Canal Street. emuseum.jfk.org/objects/3…
The now infamous televangelist Kenneth Copeland had a career as a recording artist when young under the name Ken Copeland, getting one of his songs "Pledge of Love" on the Billboard Top 40 which charted in the Top 40 on April 20, 1957 and stayed on the charts for 15 weeks, and peaked at #17 youtube.com/watch?v=q2Ozd…
Televangelist Pat Robertson, net worth $100M, predicted in 1976 that the world would end in November of 1982. After that didn't happen, he tried again a decade laterβ€”in his 1990 book The New Millennium, he said the world would be destroyed on April 29, 2007. The world did not end on that date. usnews.com/news/articles/…
In 2008 the BBC created a film trailer for a nature documentary featuring flying penguins. It was hosted by Monty Python’s Terry Jones and directed by Prof Alid Loyas, an Anagram for April Fools Day. Indeed, the trailer premiered April 1st, as an elaborate April Fools prank made using CGI. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fly…
The so-called "discovery of hunger" took place in April 1967; the US Senate noticed families in the Mississippi Delta and across the US were dying of starvation as local officials blocked their access to food aid. This led to the creation of WIC and the reform of the Food Stamp Program processhistory.org/green-…
In April 1985, Sports Illustrated ran a story about a prospective baseball pitcher named Sidd Finch, who could throw 168 miles per hour fast ball. Eagle-eyed readers caught on immediately: The first letters in the words of the story's secondary headline spelled out "Happy April Fools' Day." si.com/mlb/2014/10/15/cur…
April 11, 1954, was most likely 'the most boring day' ever. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
Late comedian Mitch Hedberg's passing was announced on April 1, 2005, leading some to believe it was an April Fools' joke. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mit…
Major Arthur Wermuth, the β€œOne-Man Army of Bataan”, killed 116 Japanese soldiers and earned a Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, and three Purple Hearts before being captured in April 1942. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
Only 4 people make up the majority of voices in South Park, Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mona Marshall, and April Stewart en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
During the winter months of December-April, over 10,000 humpback whales annually migrate to the warm, shallow waters of Maui to give birth and nurture their young in an area with no predators. This annual gathering is the world's densest humpback whale population. hawaiianpaddlesports.com/…
The Pony Express only lasted 18 months - from April 3, 1860 - October 26, 1861 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pon…
In South Korea February 14th is Valentine's day where women give men presents. March 14th is White Day where men give women presents. April 14th is Black Day where single people gather together, dress in black, and eat a bunch of food. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
The Playstation Network went down for a whole month in 2011, from April 17 to May 15. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
On 2 April 1993, Philip Morris caused their stock price to fall 26% after announcing a 20% price cut to Marlboro cigarettes to fight back against generic competitors. Investors interpreted the price slash as an admission of defeat and the event became known as Marlboro Friday. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The Pony Express, a fast mail delivery service that became a legend in the Far West, only existed from April 1860 to October 1861. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pon…
Montgomery, Alabama was the first city in the United States to install citywide electric street cars. The network was nicknamed "The Lightning Route". It operated for 50 years until April 15th, 1936 when it was retired to be replaced by buses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Twitter did an April Fool's prank by announcing it was changing to a two-tiered service. The free version "Twttr" would not support vowels and only allow tweets with consonants, while "Twitter" would become a $5 per month service that supports any letters. firstpost.com/tech/news-a…
The first computer game was Nim, released in April 1940 on a computer called the Nimatron, which weighed over a ton. The designer was a nuclear physicist and quantum mechanics pioneer who later participated in the Manhattan Project. 100,000 games were played, with the computer winning ~90% en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nim…
Pablo Picasso worked up until the day he died at age 91; literally painting till 3 am on Sunday, April 8th, which was just hours before his death. His last well known self-portriat was done a little less than a year before his death, entitled Self Portrait Facing Death arts.pallimed.org/2010/07…
Today I learned of Brian Shaffer, a man who disappeared after entering a bar in Columbus, OH in April, 2006. He was recorded on security cameras entering the bar, but never leaving the bar. He is still missing today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
A 1983 April Fools' Day edition of the Durand Express, reported that "dihydrogen oxide" had been found in the city's water pipes,and warned that it was fatal if inhaled,and could produce blistering vapours.The dihydrogen monoxide parody involves calling water by an unfamiliar chemical name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dih…
Today I learned of French inventor Charles Cros, who came up with the idea for the phonograph and described it in a letter to the Academy of Sciences in April 1877 -- about 9 months before Thomas Edison patented his design. Apparently the two never knew of each others' work in advance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Today I learned of longest ever US presidential inauguration speech was made by William Henry Harrison running 8445 words. the speech was so long, and the weather so terrible, that Harrison caught pneumonia and died on April 4th, making him the shortest reigning US president ever. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
John Phillips is currently thought to be the longest serving prisoner in the U.S. He has been locked up since April 8, 1952 and hasn’t had a disciplinary infraction in 29 years. themarshallproject.org/20…
Michael Jackson's sixth studio album "Thriller" released on November 30, 1982, was listed at number one on the Billboard 200 for 37 weeks from February 26, 1983 to April 14, 1984 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thr…
Today I learned about the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, 13 April 1919, Acting Brigadier-General Dyer ordered troops of the British Indian Army to fire their rifles into a crowd of unarmed Indian civilians. Killing at least 379 people. It was a decisive step towards the end of British rule in India. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jal…
In April, Dr. [email protected], the man responsible for the causing power outages, taking down air traffic towers, and storing cyanide will no longer have his internet use monitored. He has promised to not commit crime again. wgntv.com/news/wgn-invest…
For April Fools, 1997, comic strip artists pulled a switcheroo and drew each other’s comic strips. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Today I learned about the Inokashira Park dismemberment incident. On April 23, 1994, a park employee discovered a body that had been cut into 20cm pieces by an electric saw. The murder is currently unsolved. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ino…
Marvin Gaye died in April of 1984 after being shot twice in the chest. Marvin had tried to break up a fight between his parents when Marvin's father pulled out a .38 Smith & Wesson, a Christmas gift from Marvin to his father from the year before, and fatally shot his son. history.com/this-day-in-h…
The Black Eyed Peas hold the record for the longest uninterrupted time at #1 on the Hot 100, a total of 26 consecutive weeks from April to October 2009, with "Boom Boom Pow" and "I Gotta Feeling.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The movie Big Trouble was originally going to be released on September 21, 2001 with a big ad campaign. However, the 9/11 attacks made a comedy with smuggling a weapon on a plane as a plot point seem unpalatable, and the movie was pushed back until April 2002, with a less aggressive ad campaign. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
There was a planned Beetlejuice sequel called "Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian" where the Deetz family moves to Hawaii and involved Beetlejuice becoming a hero by winning a surf contest with magic. In April 2019, Warner Bros. stated the sequel remained shelved. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bee…
The total solar eclipse of April 8, 2024 will be visible across U.S., Mexico, and Canada. Cities include Rochester, Niagara Falls, Quebec City, and MontrΓ©al nationaleclipse.com/citie…
Today I learned of the Swiss Spaghetti Harvest, an April Fool's Day prank pulled by the BBC in 1957. Their highly respected news anchor reported a good harvest due to the disappearance of the 'Spaghetti Weevil', accompanied by footage of people removing spaghetti from trees. This sparked many complaints. hoaxes.org/archive/permal…
Walter Bedell Smith joked that if General Montgomery could capture Sfax by the mid April 1943, he'd give him a Flying Fortress. Montgomery succeeded, & insisted on his aircraft. The row escalated as high as Eisenhower, who ensured Montgomery did get his plane. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
The first US patent for a USB flash drive was filed in April 1999 by Isreali firm M-Systems (bought by SanDisk in 2006), which teamed up with IBM to begin selling the 8MB 'DiskOnKey' in North America. techspot.com/trivia/78-ho…

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