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

April 1 in Film & TV

April 1 in Music

  • 1930 "The Blue Angel" starring Marlene Dietrich in her breakthrough role premieres in Germany
  • 2017 Bob Dylan receives his Nobel Prize for Literature at a private ceremony in Stockholm

April 1 in Sport

  • 1992 NHL players begin 1st strike in 75-year history

Did You Know?

Clyde Barrow kills two young highway patrolmen, H. D. Murphy and Edward Bryant Wheeler, at the intersection of Route 114 near Grapevine, Texas. Bonnie Parker's role in the murders helps turn public perception against the gang for good

On April 1, 1934


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 American televangelist Jim Bakker (21) marries Christian singer Tammy Faye (19)
  • 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