April 1: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, April 1, 1976, Apple was launched?

April 1st celebrates April Fool’s Day and One Cent Day.

Today is the 91st day of the year, and there are 274 days left of the year.

Well here we’ve gathered the most and least important facts that happened on this day in history!

Did you know that on this day in 1976, Apple was launched? Now the largest publicly traded company in the US, the company had its humble beginnings in Steve Jobs’ garage.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about April 1st in history!

What Events Happened On April 1 In History?

2020 Shenzhen became the first Chinese city to ban eating cats and dogs.

This decision was geared by the COVID-19 pandemic.

2016 The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan began.

2005 NASA celebrated April Fool’s Day by telling the world that they found water on Mars.

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2001 The Netherlands became the first country in the world to allow same-sex marriage.

OTD in 2001: The Netherlands became the first country in the world to allow same-sex marriage.

1999 Canada formed the territory of Nunavut to recognize the traditional lands of their native Inuit people.

1984 Marvin Gaye died after his father shot him twice in Los Angeles.

The event happened when he tried to break up an argument between his parents. Medics announced his death upon their arrival.

1976 Apple was launched from the home of Steve Jobs and with the help of Steve Wozniak.

OTD in 1976: Apple was launched from the home of Steve Jobs and with the help of Steve Wozniak.

Their first personal computers were personally assembled and went on sale in July 1976.

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1960 The TIROS satellite transmitted the first-ever TV picture from space.

The Television InfraRed Observation Satellite 1 (TIROS-1) was the first in a series of weather satellites developed by NASA.


1944 The US Air Force accidentally bombed the Swiss city of Schaffhausen.

Schaffhausen lies on a small strip of land which is almost completely nestled within Germany's borders, so when the US bombers' navigation went slightly awry, they thought they were bombing Germany. 40 Swiss Civilians lost their lives that day. President Franklin D. Roosevelt personally wrote a letter of apology to the mayor of Schaffhausen, along with a gift of four million US dollars.

1934 Bonnie and Clyde shot two highway patrolmen outside Grapevine, Texas.

OTD in 1934: Bonnie and Clyde shot two highway patrolmen outside Grapevine

Both patrolmen were relatively young and helped turn public sentiment against the infamous criminal duo.


1924 The Royal Canadian Air Force was formed out of the Canadian Air Force.

1872 The first edition of The Standard was published in London.

1867 Great Britain claimed The Straits Settlements as crown colonies: Singapore, Penang, and Malacca.

The Settlements became answerable directly to the Colonial Office in London instead of the government of British India, based in Calcutta.

1748 The lost Roman city of Pompeii was rediscovered by a Spanish engineer Rocque Joaquin de Alcubierre.

1545 The Bolivian city of Potosí was founded after vast deposits of silver were discovered in the mountains nearby.

33 AD Jesus Christ’s Last Supper was held.

According to Colin Humphreys of Cambridge University, a prominent historian, the event took place on a Wednesday instead of Maundy Thursday.


Famous Quotes Said On April 1

Of all of the quotes said on this day, these are the most notable ones said on Apr 1st throughout history.


“It takes courage to love, but pain through love is the purifying fire which those who love generously know.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

Famous People Born On April 1

Are you celebrating your birthday today? If so, did you know that you share the same birthday as Hillary Scott? See what other famous people were born on this day.

1995 Logan Paul

American YouTuber

Logan Paul
27 years old
Born In:
Ohio, USA

1980 Randy Orton

American Professional Wrestler

Randy Orton
42 years old
Born In:
Tennessee, USA

1997 Asa Butterfield

English Actor

Asa Butterfield
25 years old
Born In:
England, UK

1932 Debbie Reynolds

American Actress

Debbie Reynolds
Died On:
Dec 28, 2016 (Age 84)
Born In:
Texas, USA

1986 Hillary Scott

American Singer

Hillary Scott
36 years old
Born In:
Tennessee, USA

Famous People Who Died On This Day

1939 - 1984 Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye was an American singer born on April 2, 1939. He died on this day in 1984, at age 44 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Special Holidays On April 1

Are you looking for something to do today? Well, here’s a few special days that might just give you some ideas.

April 1: April Fool's Day

April Fool’s Day

It’s that time of the year again to get a little bit silly, as today is April Fool’s Day! Today is all about playing pranks and fooling people, with some religiously planning elaborate tricks for the uninitiated. Just remember to play your pranks early, as it’s hard to fool someone twice!

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April 1: National One Cent Day

National One Cent Day

One-cent pieces, otherwise known as pennies, are so important that people often say to count your pennies so your dollars look after themselves. One Cent Day celebrates the history of the humble penny. A great way to participate today is by counting your pennies and saving them!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

The original Star-Spangled Banner was sewn on a brewery floor in Baltimore, 1813, by Mary Pickersgill and her daughter.

April 1 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

People who were born on April Fool’s Day share the Aries zodiac sign.

Aries is represented by the ram and is the first sign in the zodiac. Anyone who was born between March 21st and April 19th falls into this astrological sign.

Those of you that were born in April have the Diamond birthstone. Diamonds are associated with benefits such as happier relationships, mental clarity, balance, and prosperity. Did you know that the Ancient Romans believed Cupid’s arrows were tipped with diamonds?

If you were born on this day, you were likely conceived on the week of July 9th in the previous year.

A baby that is conceived on April 1, 2023, will likely be born around December 23, 2023.

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