Three-quarters of the animated film A Goofy Movie had to be refilmed due to a single dead pixel on a faulty monitor, leading to Disney delaying the release of the film from Thanksgiving 1994 to April 7, 1995 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_G…
Today I learned of Julia, a muppet introduced in April of 2015 on Sesame Street as the first to have Autism. Every year since she has been featured in the April show, as that is Autism Awareness month. She is played by Stacey Gordon, who's son is on the spectrum and named after her daughter. smithsonianmag.com/innova…
On April 1st, 1996 Taco Bell made an announcement that they bought the Liberty Bell and renamed it the Taco Liberty Bell causing outrage and a huge spike in Taco Bell sales wikipedia.org/wiki/Libert…
Today I learned about Katyn massacre, a series of mass executions of nearly 22,000 Polish military officers and intelligentsia carried out by the Soviet Union, specifically the NKVD ("People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs", the Soviet secret police) in April and May 1940. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kat…
In 1957, the BBC show Panorama aired a segment on the Swiss Spaghetti Harvest as an April Fools joke. Several viewers were left believing that pasta grew on trees, including the then-Director General of the BBC, Sir Ian Jacob bbc.co.uk/news/av/magazin…
April 22nd 1778 was the day America raided England. As captain John Paul Jones attacked, it is said in some accounts that his men landed a boat at the Old Quay slip in Whitehaven and headed straight to the local pub to make merry with an abundance of the local tipple. The attack failed. heritagedaily.com/2020/04…
A newspaper in Nuremberg in 1561 described an April 14 one-hour-long dawn battle between red and black balls and rods and crosses in the sky. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/156…
Former Vice President Alben W. Barkley suddenly collapsed and died from a massive heart attack during his keynote speech at the Washington and Lee University Mock Convention upon uttering: "I would rather be a servant in the House of the Lord than sit in the seats of the mighty." April 30, 1956. marshallcountydaily.com/2…
At Noon, every April 21st, the day of the birth of Rome, the Sun enters the oculus of the Pantheon at an inclination, radiating perfectly on the entrance doorway: the emperor was fully illuminated when he entered in the Temple. italy24news.com/local/228…
In April 2013 a fake AP tweet saying the White House had been bombed caused a stock market "flash crash" theguardian.com/business/…
George Marshall, Head of the US Army during WW2, initially scheduled operation Overlord(D-Day Landings) for April 1, 1943 but due to Churchill opposition the landing were reschedule to happen on 1944. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
19 people have won two Medals of Honor. The first was Thomas Ward Custer who twice risked his life to capture Confederate flags & soldiers in the same month, April 1865. He died at Little Big Horn with his brother, George Armstrong. Also dead was another brother, nephew & a brother-in-law. history.com/news/has-anyo…
Richard Barile (aka Derek Foreal), cocaine-dealing hairstylist of George Jung, who life story was depicted in Blow, was released from prison in 1991. His last days were spent living in Cabo San Lucas on $2000/month income from a rental property and a Marine pension. He died in April 2011. thefix.com/whatever-happe…
On 12 April 1831, the Broughton Suspension Bridge collapsed, reportedly due to mechanical resonance induced by troops marching in step. As a result of the incident, the British Army issued an order that troops should "break step" when crossing a bridge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
Robert E. Lee surrendered his Confederate army on April 9, 1865 in the house of Wilmer McLean, a farmer who had moved to Appomattox Court House, VA for safety after the Battles of Bull Run took place on his land in 1861 and 1862 nps.gov/people/wilmer-mcl…
Emperor Hirohito lived until 1989. Shōwa Day (April 29th) was established to reflect on the turbulence of his reign over 63 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sh%…
A good number of the SS troops defending Berlin in April 1945 were actually French. Members of the 33 Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS Charlemagne were also among the last defenders of the Fuherbunker and some of the last 'German' troops to surrender. military.wikia.org/wiki/3…
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…
Today I learned about Miroslav Ε atan, a former NHL hockey player. Because his name so closely resembles that of Satan, a popular April Fool's joke was that he was traded to the New Jersey Devils as a captain, making him the leader of the Devils. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mir…
Tax day in the USA was originally March 1st as an anniversary of the enactment of the 16th amendment. The date was then moved to March 15th and then April 15th to spread the workload of IRS employees; however, some economists believe it is so the money that is withheld earns more interest. money.howstuffworks.com/p…
National Beer Day is celebrated in the US on April 7, the day that the Cullen-Harrison Act was enacted after being signed into law by President Roosevelt on March 22, 1933. This led to the 18th Amendment being repealed on December 5, with the ratification of the 21st Amendment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
Today I learned about the Hula Hoop Tree in the small community of Amber, Iowa. This local landmark, dubbed "Her Majesty", began accumulating hula hoops in 2015 and would eventually be adorned with hundreds. The tree was removed by the land owner in April, 2020 due to safety concerns. thegazette.com/subject/ne…
In April 2018, the official name of Swaziland changed from the Kingdom of Swaziland in Africa was to the Kingdom of Eswatini to avoid confusion with Switzerland in Europe. sbs.com.au/nitv/nitv-news…
Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek, was the first person to be β€œBuried in space”. On April 21, 1997, his ashes were brought to the Canary Islands and loaded aboard the Pegasus-XL and launched out of the rocket. celestis.com/blog/how-gen…
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…
The ancient Greeks thought that Persephone spent her 1/3 of the year in the underworld between June and September, not the winter months. This is because crops in ancient Greece were planted in October, harvested in April, and threshed in May, unlike in more northern climates. sacred-texts.com/cla/gpr/…
Today I learned of HERMIONE, Hotspot Ecosystem Research and Man's Impact On European Seas, an international multidisciplinary project, started in April 2009, that studies deep-sea ecosystems funded by the EU. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot…
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…
Today I learned about Charles-Henri Sanson who, as Master Executioner under King Louis XVI, was responsible for executing 2,918 people. In April of 1792, Sanson became the first executioner to use the guillotine: less than a year later, he would use it on King Louis XVI himself during the French Revolution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Shortly before suffering a fatal stroke on April 12, 1945, President FDR was posing for a portrait painting, which remains unfinished from that day and currently hangs at Roosevelt's Retreat in Warm Springs, GA en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unf…
A WWII cruiser lies buried in the German port city of Kiel. The Admiral Scheer (a Deutschland-class heavy cruiser) was sunk in dock during an air raid in April 1945. After some salvaging operations after the war, what remained was buried when the dock was filled in 1949. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
In 1997, Alex Trebek and Pat Sajak switched places as an April Fools Day joke youtube.com/watch?v=mmSJO…
The day on which Dr. Dre's album "The Chronic" entered all major streaming services was April 20. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
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…
On April 23rd 1945, Hermann GΓΆring sent a telegram asking Hitler to confirm him leader of Germany in accordance with a 1941 decree. Convinced by others as treason this initiated Hitler's psychological breakdown and precipitated disintegration of military command helping to destroy Nazi Germany. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C…
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 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…
Lt. Pham Quang Khiem managed to escape South Vietnam in April 1975 with 53 relatives and friends by stealing a C-130a and flying to Singapore. They were later flown to Guam and then the US, where Pham became a pilot for US Airways. The C-130a is currently at the National Warplane Museum. newyorkupstate.com/southe…
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…
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…
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 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…
I learned that despite common belief the winter periode isn't the month with highest suicide rate, but that April is the cruelest month mghclaycenter.org/parenti…
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 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…
Abner Doubleday, the man who is credited with inventing Baseball, was the 2nd in command at Ft Sumter, and was almost killed while he lay asleep in his quarters when the bombardment started at 4:30 AM on April 12th, 1861 youtu.be/rYiKBK48F6w?t=31…
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…
On April 5, 1945, Georgian Legion members mutined against their German masters on the island of Texel, in the Netherlands. The fighting lasted for 45 days until May 20, well after VE-day militaryhistorynow.com/20…
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…
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…

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