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April Fools Day

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

April Fools Day

When : April 1st

Traditionally, April Fool's Day is an opportunity for playing jokes or tricks on one another. The stranger and the more absurd the better. The challenge is to carry out a trick that is believable, if only for a little while. Tricks are most successful if played earlier in the day before a person is wise to what is going on. Younger children are also more gullible.

Any tricks or jokes must be harmless and in good taste for the unsuspecting "victim". And, we suggest you think twice before pulling one on the boss, even if he or she is know to be of good humor.

Important: Jokes and gags must be harmless and fun. They must not be dangerous or hurt anyone's feelings. Give your jokes and gags some thought before carrying them out. Then, have fun!

Happy April Fool's Day

Origin of April Fool's Day

We do not know the exact origin of this day. It appears to have a number of possible origins, and may have evolved from any number of them. Some of the origins date back to the days of the Roman Empire.

More Information:

The Origins of April Fool's Day

This Day in History April 1st

Robert Winchelsey leaves England for Rome, to be consecrated as Archbishop of Canterbury. (1293)

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. (1789)

Samuel Morey patents the internal combustion engine. (1826)

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 (1833)

Charles Dickens' novel Hard Times begins serialisation in his magazine, Household Words. (1854)

American Civil War: Battle of Five Forks. (1865)

Singapore becomes a British crown colony. (1867)

The British steamer RMS Atlantic sinks off Nova Scotia, killing 547. (1873)

The Wrigley Company is founded in Chicago, Illinois. (1891)

The rank of Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy is established. (1893)

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. (1924)

The Royal Canadian Air Force is formed. (1924)

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. (1933)

Fantana Alba massacre: between 200 and 2,000 Romanian civilians are killed by Soviet Border Guards. (1941)

Navigation errors lead to an accidental American bombing of the Swiss city of Schaffhausen. (1944)

World War II: Operation Iceberg – United States troops land on Okinawa in the last major campaign of the war. (1945)

Aleutian Island earthquake: A 8.6 magnitude earthquake near the Aleutian Islands creates a tsunami that strikes the Hawaiian Islands killing 159, mostly in Hilo. (1946)

Cold War: Berlin Airlift — Military forces, under direction of the Soviet-controlled government in East Germany, set-up a land blockade of West Berlin. (1948)

The Government of Canada repeals Japanese Canadian internment after seven years. (1949)

The 26 counties of the Irish Free State become Ireland. (1949)

President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorizes the creation of the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado. (1954)

The TIROS-1 satellite transmits the first television picture from space. (1960)

The United States Department of Transportation begins operation. (1967)

President Richard Nixon signs the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act into law, requiring the Surgeon General's warnings on tobacco products and banning cigarette advertisements on television and radio in the United States, starting on January 1, 1971. (1970)

Apple Inc. is formed by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne. (1976)

The Jovian–Plutonian gravitational effect, soon revealed as an April Fools' Day hoax, is first reported by British astronomer Patrick Moore. (1976)

Iran becomes an Islamic republic by a 99% vote, officially overthrowing the Shah. (1979)

Nunavut is established as a Canadian territory carved out of the eastern part of the Northwest Territories. (1999)

An EP-3E United States Navy surveillance aircraft collides with a Chinese People's Liberation Army Shenyang J-8 fighter jet. The Navy crew makes an emergency landing in Hainan, People's Republic of China and is detained. (2001)

Same-sex marriage becomes legal in the Netherlands, the first country to allow it. (2001)

After protests against the burning of the Quran turn violent, a mob attacks a United Nations compound in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, resulting in the deaths of thirteen people, including eight foreign workers. (2011)
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