What Happened on April 1

Significant Events

  • 527 Byzantine Emperor Justin I names his nephew Justinian I as co-ruler and successor to the throne
  • 1748 Ruins of Pompeii rediscovered by Spaniard Rocque Joaquin de Alcubierre
  • 1952 Big Bang theory proposed in Physical Review by Alpher, Bethe & Gamow
  • 1974 Ayatollah Khomeini calls for an Islamic Republic in Iran
  • 1976 Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs found Apple Computer in the garage of Jobs' parents house in Cupertino, California
  • 2001 Netherlands becomes the first country in the world to make same-sex marriage legal
More Historical Events

Did You Know?

New Orleans businessman Oliver Pollock creates the "$" symbol

On April 1, 1778

Would You Believe?

Google introduces Gmail: the launch is met with scepticism on account of the launch date.

On April 1, 2004

Famous Weddings

  • 1778 Poet Phillis Wheatley (24) weds grocer and advocate for black rights John Peters
  • 1959 American sci-fi writer "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" Philip K Dick marries 3rd wife Anne Williams Rubinstein
  • 1961 Jim Bakker marries Tammy Faye
  • 1984 Filmmaker Joel Coel marries actress Frances McDormand
  • 1993 Stephane Powers weds Patrick de la Chenais

Famous Divorces

  • 1990 Guns & Roses' Duff divorces Mandy Brix, lead singer for Lame Flames
More Weddings & Divorces