1147 ~ Moscow was first made mention of in historical records on the 4th April 1147, when Yuri Dolgorukiycalled upon the prince of the Novgorod-Severski to “come to me, brother, to Moscow.” The city is named after the river гра́д Моско́в, literally “the city by the Moskva River“YouTube video shows some marvelous Moscow footage in this great 1980 hit by Genghis Khan…
1581 – Francis Drake was knighted for completing a circumnavigation of the world on the 4th April 1581.
1814 – Napoleon abdicated for the first time on the 4th April 1814.
1975 ~ The Tan Son Nhut C-5 accident occurrred on the 4th April 1975, with the crash of LockheedC-5A Galaxy during Operation Babylift. The C-5 crashed on approach during an emergency landing at Tan Son Nhut Air Base, South Vietnam. The accident marked the 1st fatal crash for the C-5 Galaxy fleet, and the deadliest accident involving a U.S. military aircraft. Out of 313 people on board, the death toll included 78 children, 35 Defence Attaché Office employees and 11 U.S. Air Force personnel. 175 people survived, with all of the surviving orphans flown to the United States.
1978 – Sam Moran the Australian singer and guitarist from The Wiggles was born on the 4th April 1978.
1979 – Heath Ledger the Australian actor and director was born on the 4th April 1979 (died 2008).
1983 – Space Shuttle Challenger (STS-6) made its maiden voyage into space on the 4th April 1983.
0033 ~ The crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth was on the 3rd April in the year 33. This is the generally agreed-upon date for the historical crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth, the central figure of Christianity.
1885 ~ Bud Fisher the American cartoonist was born on the 3rd April 1885 (d. 1954).
1885 ~ Gottlieb Daimler was granted a German patent for his engine design on the 3rd April 1885.
1924 ~ Doris Day the American actress, singer and animal rights activist was born on the 3rd April 1924.
1924 ~ Marlon Brando the American actor was born on the 3rd April 1924 (d. 2004).
1725 ~ GiACOMO CASANOVA the Italian adventurer and writer was born on the 2nd of April in 1725 (died in 1798 aged 73)
1800 ~ LUDWiG VAN BEETHOVEN led the premiere of his First Symphony in Vienna on the 2nd of April in 1800.
1805 ~ HANS CHRiSTiAN ANDERSEN the Danish author, fairy tale writer and poet was born on the 2nd of April in 1805 (died in 1875 aged 70). Hans Christian Anderson was best known for children’s stories such as The Snow Queen, The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina, The Ugly Duckling and The Steadfast Tin Soldier.
1891 ~ MAX ERNST the German painter, sculptor, graphic artist, and poet was born on the 2nd of April in 1891 (died in 1976 aged 84). Max Ernst was one of the primary pioneers of the Dada movement and Surrealism.
1914 ~ ALEC GUiNNESS the English actor was born on the 2nd of April in 1914 (died in 2000 aged 86). Alec Guinness was best known as Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations (1946), Fagin in Oliver Twist (1948), Col. Nicholson in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957 winning Academy Award for Best Actor) Prince Faisal in Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Yevgraf in Doctor Zhivago (1965), Professor Godbole in A Passage to India (1984) and Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars.
1939 ~ MARViN GAYE the American singer was born on the 2nd of April in 1939 (died in 1984 aged 44).
1947 ~ EMMYLOU HARRiS the American singer was born on the 2nd of April in 1947.
1960 ~ SAM SEJAVKA the Australian writer, actor, song writer and lead singer of the ’80s Melbourne band Beargardenwas born on the 2nd April 1960. Sam Sejavka grew up in Mount Waverley, a suburb of Melbourne, and started his music career as a vocalist and song writer in the band The Ears. The 1986 film Dogs in Spacedrew inspiration from various episodes of Sam’s life during the late ’70s, which was written and directed by Sam’s friend Richard Lowenstein. The Dogs in Space film title comes from a song of the same name by The Ears. The main character of Sam was played by Michael Hutchence. Sam Sejavka appears in the film briefly in the party scene, addressed by Michael Hutchence as Michael. See more of Sam’s archival info here & read Sam’s blog Sails of Oblivion.
1826 ~ SAMUEL MOREY the American inventor patented the iNTERNAL COMBUSTiON ENGiNE on this 1st day of April in 1826. Samuel Morey was also a pioneer in steamships, and accumulated a total of 20 patents.
1891 ~ The WRiGLEY COMPANY was founded in Chicago, Illinois on this 1st day of April in 1891. The Wrigley Company originally started selling soap and baking powder, until William Wrigley, Jr. (the founder) began packaging chewing gum with each can of baking powder in 1892. Eventually the chewing gum became more popular than the baking powder selling in more than 180 countries, with factories in Australia, Canada, China, France, India, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, United Kingdom and United States.
In 2004 The Wrigley Company purchased the Life Savers and Altoids businesses from Kraft Foods for US$1.48 billion, and in 2007 they purchased A.Korkunov for $300 million. In 2008 Mars Inc acquired Wrigley for approximately $23 billion.
1917 ~ Sheldon Mayer the American writer and illustrator was born on the 1st April 1917 (died 1991).
1917 ~ Sydney Newman the Canadian television producer and creator of Doctor Who was born on the 1st April 1917 (died 1997).
1932 ~ DEBBiE REYNOLDS the American actress was born on the 1st day of April in 1932.
1932 ~ Gordon Jump the American actor was born on the 1st April 1932 (died 2003).
1932 ~ APRiL FOOL’S DAY was first recorded in association with April 1st and foolishness on this 1st day of April in 1392, as found in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. April Fools’ Day aka All Fools Day is celebrated by people playing good-humoured foolishness, funny jokes, hoaxes and practical jokes on friends, family, teachers, neighbors, work mates and others. The jokes only last till noon in Australia, Canada, Cyprus, New Zealand, South Africa and the UK, and if anyone who plays a trick after noon is called an April Fool and taunted with “April Fool’s Day’s past and gone, You’re the fool for making one.” The jokes last all day in most other countries such as America, Brazil, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Poland, Scotland, Sweden, South Korea, Russia and The Netherlands. In France, Italy and (French speaking) Canada they attempt to attach a paper fish to the victim’s back without being noticed, and say “April’s fish” in their language.
The History of April Fool’s Day YouTube video by Jeremiah…
1971 ~ Lachy Hulme the Australian actor and screenwriter was born on the 1st April 1971.
1973 ~ KYM WiLSON the Australian actress was born in Brisbane on the 1st day of April in 1973. YouTube video: Kym Wilson 1991 Samboy Chips Hit Me ♫: also features Melissa Bell and Toni Pearon from E Street…