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April 1
April Fool's Day

What happened on the day you were born?

In the headlines today:
April Fool's Day Question:
Ever wonder how they make itching powder?

1996   A pair of deputy sheriffs from Riverside County, California, are caught on video in the act of beating a Mexican man and woman involved in a 70-mile pursuit and illegal border crossing.

Marvin Gaye: Gold (Motown)  
R&B singer Marvin Gaye is shot dead by his father during an argument at his parent's home in Los Angeles.
(photo credit: Motown)


Richard M. Nixon  
US president Richard M. Nixon signs a bill making it illegal for cigarette ads to be aired on radio and TV, to become law the following January 1.
(photo credit: NARA)

1960 The world's first weather satellite is launched from Cape Canaveral, FL.
1947 King George II of Greece dies.
1946 A tsunami hits Hawaii, killing over 170 people.
1945 US troops invade the island of Okinawa during WWII.

Boac: An Illustrated History (Tempus)
British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) is founded.
(photo credit: Tempus Publishing)

1939 The US recognizes the new Spanish government, now under the leadership of General Francisco Franco.
1937 India and Burma are made separate British colonies.
1933 German Nazis begin a boycott of Jewish-run businesses.
1919 Capital punishment is made legal again in Nevada.
1918 Britain establishes the Royal Air Force.
1853 Cincinnati, OH, becomes the first city in the US to pay wages to its firefighters.
1826 Samuel Morey receives a US patent for his internal combustion engine.
Uncle Woody asks: Wouldn't science fiction authors of the 1930s-50s be surprised to learn that we are still using it?

1789 The first full meeting of the US House of Representatives occurs in New York City.

Born today:

1981  Hannah Louise Spearitt - singer (S Club 7)

1980  Bijou Phillips - singer, actress

1961  Mark White - guitarist (ABC)

1956  Libby Riddles - first female to win Iditarod dog sled race

1954  Jeff Porcaro - drummer (Toto)

1953  Barry Sonnenfeld - film director

1953  Annette O'Toole - actress

1952  Billy Currie - keyboardist (Ultravox)

1949  Gil Scott-Heron - jazz musician

1948  Jimmy Cliff - Jamaican singer

1947  Norm Van Lier - basketball player

1945  John Barbata - rock drummer (The Turtles; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; Jefferson Starship)

1944  Rusty Staub - baseball player, restaurant owner

1942  Phil Margo - singer (The Tokens)

1942  Alan Blakley - guitarist (Brian Poole and The Tremeloes)

1939  Rudolph Isley - R&B singer (Isley Brothers)

1939  Phil Niekro - baseball pitcher

1938  Ali MacGraw - actress

1936  Ron Perranoski - baseball pitcher, pitching coach

1934  Jim Ed Brown - country singer

1932  Debbie Reynolds - actress, dancer

1932  Gordon Jump - actor

1930  Grace Lee Whitney - actress

1929  Jane Powell - actress

1922  William Manchester - author

1920  Toshiro Mifune - actor

1883  Lon Chaney - actor

1881  Wallace Beery - actor

1873  Sergei Rachmaninoff - Russian composer



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