April Fool Jokes From The Media World
1918 - Great Britain - Royal Air force is Founded1918: The Royal Air force is founded in England, this is truly an amazing piece of history as the first flight was only made 8 years before by Wilbur and Wright and for countries around the World to set up separate arms of the Forces shows how important politicians believed the aircraft would become as a part of the military.
1933 - Germany - Persecution of Jews1933: Nazi Germany begins the persecution of German Jews by declaring a boycott of Jewish-owned businesses.
1945 - U.S.A. - US Forces Land on Okinawa1945: The United States Tenth Army commanded by Lieutenant General Simon Bolivar Buckner, Jr. landed on Okinawa, the main island of the Ryukyus, 362 miles from the Japanese home islands.
1946 - U.S.A. - Hawaii Earthquake and Tsunami1946: A major undersea earthquake measuring 7.4 magnitudes in the north pacific ocean caused a Tsunami that by the time it reached Hawaii some 2,400 miles away and traveling at 500 miles per hour, only 4 1/2 hours after the quake waves reaching 60ft in height hit coastal areas of Hawaii causing the deaths of 150 +. This Tsunami prompted the setting up of the U.S. to establish the Seismic SeaWave Warning System to help in evacuation but any similar occurrence today would be even more devastating as can be shown with the damage and loss of life caused by Hurricane Katrina where the warning was greater than 6 hours.
1970 - U.S.A. - AMC GremlinThe AMC group introduced one of the first subcompact cars way back in 1970 before many realized gas prices would be a critical factor in future car buying, the car was called the Gremlin and cost $1879. Car imports were just starting to have an impact on the US market including the Volkswagen Beetle and the new generation of Japanese imports like the Datsun.
1970 - U.S.A. - Cigarette Advertising Banned1970: President Nixon signed into law the banning of cigarette advertising on television and radio.
1983 - UK - CND Peace Demonstrators1983: Tens of thousands of CND peace demonstrators form a human chain stretching 14 miles across Southern England from the American airbase at Greenham Common, via the Aldermaston nuclear research center and ending at the ordnance factory in Burghfield.
1990 - UK - Strangeways Prison1990: A thousand prisoners run amok in Strangeways Prison in Manchester in a violent riot setting fire to the chapel and gymnasium, and a number of prison cells, the inmates are protesting the primitive conditions and severe overcrowding.
1991 - U.S.A. - Riverboat Gambling1991: Iowa becomes one of the first states to allow riverboat gambling.
1999 - Europe - The Euro1999: Eleven countries in the European Union adopted the Euro as a common currency as the dream of monetary union became reality.
1999 - U.S.A. - Melissa" E-mail Virus1999: David Smith is arrested and charged with originating the "Melissa" e-mail virus, which infected more than 1 million computers worldwide and caused more than $80 million in damage.
1999 - Great Britain - Minimum Wages1999: Britain introduces the first-ever legally binding minimum rate of pay. From This Day all adults must be paid at least £3.60 an hour and workers under the age of 22 must get no less than £3 an hour. I have created a small chart below giving an idea of some of the yearly earnings based ( Equiv in US Dollars ) on minimum wage for an Adult Working Full Time in that country in 2007. If the figures depend on the State of Province or by trade and profession we have taken the lowest figure paid.
2000 - UK - Enigma Machine Stolen2000: The Enigma wartime coding machine used by the Germans to cipher messages during World War II is stolen from the Bletchley Park Museum in Buckinghamshire, south-east England.
2001 - Yugoslavia - Slobodan Milosevic2001: Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic has been arrested and taken to prison. The charges include corruption and theft of state funds and he is also wanted on war crimes charges by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
2003 - Iraq - Jessica Lynch2003: Jessica Lynch is rescued from a hospital in Nasiriyah, Iraq, where she had been held prisoner since her unit was ambushed nine days earlier.
2006 - Great Britain - Britain's Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA) is Launched2006: Britain's agency for targeting major criminals such as drug smugglers, people traffickers, and fraudsters comes into force today. S.O.C.A. has been called Britain's equivalent of the F.B.I. and will be using work from the police, customs, and immigration services in its operations. Starting with just over four thousand officers, it will be using Britain's existing and newly formed European legal powers to fight crime. S.O.C.A. will be Britain's first non-police law-enforcement agency.
2008 - United States - Hillary Clinton Compares Herself to Rocky2008: Hillary Clinton goes to Philadelphia in the Pennsylvania primary. "Let me tell you something," she told her audience. "When it comes to finishing a fight, Rocky and I have a lot in common. I never quit. I never give up. And neither do the American people." The Pennsylvania primary temporarily revived her campaign, and she continued by telling them that "I know what it's like to stumble. I know what it means to get knocked down. But I've never stayed down, and I never will."
2009 - United States - The Postal Service Announces Its Simpsons’ Stamps2009: The U.S. Postal Service has said that it will be making stamps that feature the Simpsons characters Homer, Marge, Maggie, Bart, and Lisa. The first-class stamps will be available to see at http://www.usps.com on April 9th, which is also the date on which they can be bought at the counter.
2009 - NATO Albania and Croatia Join2009: Following the collapse of the Soviet Union and the ending of the Balkan conflict, NATO continues to grow with the addition of Albania and Croatia bringing the total states who are now members to 28.
2012 - Burma - Aung San Suu Kyi Wins By-Election in Burma2012: Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the oppositional party the National League for Democracy, won a by-election for parliament in Burma, and a key test of the country's recent democratic reforms. The party had not been able to compete in elections since 1990. Suu Kyi had been under house arrest for nearly twenty years after the military took control of the country after the 1990 elections and she refused to participate in a 2010 election because she thought it would not be democratic.
2013 - United States - US City of Stockton Declares Bankruptcy2013: The US city of Stockton in California filed bankruptcy and a federal judge approved the request after a three-day trial, making the city of 290,000 the largest US city to enter bankruptcy protection.
2014 - Japan - Japan Raises Sales Tax2014: Japan raised its sales tax for the first time in seventeen years. The sales tax would be raised from five percent to eight percent and then to ten percent by October 2015. The move was thought of as a necessary step in managing public debt.
April Fools Jokes1957 UK The BBC creates a hoax Panorama program about spaghetti crops in Switzerland and showed women carefully plucking strands of spaghetti from a tree and laying them in the sun to dry. It should be remembered in context that Spaghetti was not a widely-eaten food in the UK in 1957 and was considered by many as an exotic delicacy.
1995 U.S.A. Discover Magazine runs an article about the Hotheaded Naked Ice Borer that caught its food by a group of these animals would burrow into the ice underneath suitable prey, and use their heads to melt through the ice. The animal was discovered by Aprile Pazzo ("April Fool" in Italian) but still, thousands believed it and the magazine received more mail about this article than about any other article it had ever published, including multiple Zoos asking where they could acquire specimens of the creature.
Born This Day in History 1st AprilCelebrating Birthday's Today
Known For: Susan Boyle came to prominence in just the last two years, catching the public imagination due to her powerful singing voice after appearing on the British show Britain's Got Talent. When you first see this singer before starting to sing, it is much too easy to judge her on looks, but when you hear them singing your view will change because of her powerful voice. She is one of the best examples of the old saying "You Should Never Judge A Book By Its Cover". She has since recorded her first album I Dreamed a Dream which was released on 23 November 2009 becoming Amazon's best-selling album in pre-sales. In spite of worldwide media attention, she still lives at her family home, a four-bedroom council house, with her 10-year-old cat, Pebbles. The media attention following her performance included appearing on CBS's Early Show, Good Morning America, NBC's Today, FOX's America's Newsroom, and The Oprah Winfrey Show.