Did you know that it was on this day in 325 AD Crown Prince Jin Chengdi, age 4, succeeds his father Jin Mingdi as emperor of the Eastern Jin Dynasty? Or that it was on this day in 1826 Samuel Morey patents the internal combustion engine?
And on this day in 1854 Hard Times begins serialisation in Charles Dickens‘ magazine, Household Words, in 1873 the British steamer RMS Atlantic sinks off Nova Scotia, killing 547, in 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, in 1939 Generalísimo Francisco Franco of the Spanish State announces the end of the Spanish Civil War, when the last of the Republican forces surrender, in 1976 Apple Inc. is formed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak and in 2001 Same-sex marriage becomes legal in the Netherlands, the first country to allow it.
Some birthdays you might want to remember on this day are Otto von Bismarck, German statesman (1815-1898), Sergei Rachmaninoff, Russian composer, pianist, and conductor (1873-1943), Abraham Maslow, American psychologist (1909-1970), Debbie Reynolds, American actress (1932), Susan Boyle, Scottish singer (1961) and Tomas Alfredson, Swedish director (1965).
Need a reason to raise a glass of bubbly on this April Fool’s Day? Why not look into the celebration of Civil Service Day (Thailand) or Islamic Republic Day (Iran)? Or even the beginning of National Poetry Writing Month in the US?
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