April Anecdotes

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AprilThe Romans gave this month the Latin name Aprilis but the derivation of this name is uncertain. The traditional etymology is from the verb aperire, "to open", in allusion to its being the season when trees and flowers begin to "open". Since some of the Roman months were named in honor of divinities, and as April was sacred to the goddess Venus, it has been suggested that Aprilis was originally her month Aphrilis, from her equivalent Greek goddess name Aphrodite (Aphros), or from the Etruscan name Apru.

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1st April Fool's Day -- History, Traditions, and Foolishness. The history of April Fool's Day, sometimes called All Fool's Day.
2nd The British and Danish fleets met in the Battle of Copenhagen, in 1801, during which Horatio Nelson put his telescope to his blind eye and ignored Admiral Parker's signal to stop fighting; the British fleet won.

On the 14th day of the Jewish month of Nisan, 30AD, almost certainly in this year, Christ eats the the Passover supper with his disciples in Jerusalem where he is betrayed by Judas Iscariot and taken to the house of Caiaphas, the High Priest.


English navigator Sir Francis Drake Francis Drake returned home after sailing around the world in 1581, and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth I.


In 1649 American/Welsh merchant and founder of the college named after him Elihu Yale was born.


In 1994; Burundian president Ntaryamira and Rwandan President Habarimana were killed in a plane crash. Their deaths sparked a wave of violence in Rwanda.


Dick Turpin, English highwayman was executed in York England today in 1739:


Isambard Kingdom Brunel'ssteamship Great Western set off on its maiden voyage in 1838, from Bristol to New York; the journey took 15 days.


The American Civil War came to an end in 1865, when Confederate General Robert E Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S Grant, at Appomattox, Virginia,


Born today in 1847: Joseph Pulitzer, US newspaper proprietor who founded the Pulitzer Prize for literature and journalism.


Allied troops liberated the Nazi concentration camp at Buchenwald in 1945.


Still in WW11, in 1943 in Katyn near Smolensk in the USSR, the grave of 4,500 Polish officers at was discovered, in what was to be called Katyn Forest Massacre'.


Luton Town footballer Joe Payne set a goal-scoring record in 1936, when he scored ten goals in one match against Bristol Rovers.


Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth, at Ford's Theater in Washington, DC in 1865:  His Great, Great Granddaughter Cherrie Booth married British Prime Minister Tony Blair.


In 1912: Over 1,500 people died when the passenger liner Titanic sank after colliding with an iceberg on its first voyage.


1998: US scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory developed a solar cell able to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. It was seen as a breakthrough in the generation of alternative fuels. As usual, nothing more was done about it after. For details, visit: Popular Mechanics


1989: Students marched on Beijing's Tiananmen Square calling for democracy in China.


1689: George Jeffreys, the 'hanging judge' of theGlorious Revolution of 1688 dies.


In the incident known as Singing the King of Spains Beard', English navigator Francis Drake sank the Spanish fleet in Cadiz harbour in 1587:


1. 1889 was a sorry day for the human race when one 'Adolf Schinklegrubber' was born. He later changed his name to Adolf Hitler.

2. 1924 and the Turkish constitution adopted. Turkeys Grand National Assembly voted to adopt a full republican constitution on this day, finalizing the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire. General Mustafa Kema Atat�rk, who had first proclaimed the Turkish republic about six months earlier, was the first president of the republic.


753 BC is traditionally, the date on which the city of Rome was founded by Romulus and Remus.


Richard M. Nixon, 37th President, the only US president to have resigned (for resign read dishonourable discharge) died 1994


In 1879 the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre was opened at Stratford-on-Avon.


Irish 1916 Easter Rising ~ War for Independence a Republican protest against British rule took place in Dublin.


Work began on the Suez Canal, in 1859; supervised by the French engineer Ferdinand de Lesseps, who designed it.


Gypsy Rose Lee, US dancer and striptease artist dies in 1970.


1296 and an English army, led by Edward I, defeated the Scots at the 1st Battle Of Dunbar.


1945: In Italy, Benito Mussolini, his mistress Clara Petacci, and members of his entourage were shot by partisans; the bodies of Mussolini and Petacci were displayed in Milan the following day.


In 1937, just as one dictator was stamping his mark in Europe, in the Middle East, another future mass murderer and dictator was born. Step forward Saddam Hussein, president of Iraq.


The Vietnam War ended in 1975, with the South surrendering unconditionally to the North. General Duong Van Munh 2 times president of the south, surrendered to Colonel Bi Tn of the communist forces.

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