What Happened on April 1

Historical 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

Apr 1 in Film & TV

Apr 1 in Music

  • 2017 Bob Dylan receives his Nobel Prize for Literature at a private ceremony in Stockholm

Apr 1 in Sport

  • 1992 NHL players begin first strike in 75-year history; 10 day action earns large playoff bonus increase, more control over licensing of their likenesses and changes to free agency system

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 skepticism on account of the launch date

On April 1, 2004

Famous Weddings

  • 1778 American 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)

Famous Divorces

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

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