April 1st: 2022

View todays celebrity birthdays and find out what happened in history today.

1990 – Up to 1,000 prisoners staged a riot at Strangeways Prison in Manchester in a violent protest against overcrowding.
Celebrity : birthdays
Annette O’Toole, actress, 70; David Gower, former cricketer, 65; Susan Boyle, singer, 61; Philip Schofield, TV presenter, 60; Chris Evans, broadcaster, 56; Method Man (Clifford Smith) rapper (Wu Tang Clan) 51; Hannah Spearitt, singer (S Club 7) 41; Beth Tweddle, former gymnast, 37; Ella Eyre, singer-songwriter, 28; Asa Butterfield, actor, 25.

What : day is it

Nobody’s really sure when the whole April Fools Day thing started. In 1392, in Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, there was a reference to March 32, which could be APRIL 1st. On April Fools’ Day 1957 on a BBC show called Panorama – they showed a family in Switzerland harvesting spaghetti from the family “spaghetti tree” at a SWISS HARVEST FESTIVAL, documentary style. At the time, spaghetti wasn’t really a thing in England, and people many people thought it was true.

This day : in history

1918 – The Royal Air Force was formed. It incorporated the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service.

1933 – English cricketer Wally Hammond set a record for the highest individual Test innings of 336 not out, during a Test match against New Zealand.

1935 – Green Belt legislation was introduced to stop indiscriminate building on many areas of the countryside.

1949 – The 26 counties of the Irish Free State became the Republic of Ireland.

1969 – The Hawker Siddeley Harrier entered service with the Royal Air Force.

1973 – Britain introduced VAT (Value Added Tax). It replaced Purchase Tax and Selective Employment Tax.

1980 – Britain’s first nudist beach opened at Brighton.

1983 – Tens of thousands of peace demonstrators formed a human chain stretching for 14 miles, lining a route along what the protesters called ‘Nuclear Valley’ in Berkshire.

1989 – Despite threats of non-payment, the Community Charge or Poll Tax was introduced in Scotland.

1990 – Up to 1,000 prisoners staged a riot at Strangeways Prison in Manchester in a violent protest against overcrowding. It was the longest prison riot in British history and lasted until 25th April. One remand prisoner died.

1998 – A world record price for a musical instrument was set when a 1727 Stradivarius violin was sold at Christie’s for £947,500.

2000 – The Enigma machine, used by the Germans to encrypt messages in the Second World War, was stolen from Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire and a ransom was demanded for its return. The ransom was not paid, but in October 2000 the machine was sent, anonymously and with three of its rotors missing, to BBC journalist Jeremy Paxman.

2009 – A Super Puma Mk 2 helicopter crashed, 11 nautical miles northeast of Peterhead in Scotland, while returning from a BP oil platform in the Miller oilfield. The crash, caused by gearbox failure, killed all sixteen people aboard.

2014 – The RAF’s 617 ‘Dambuster’ squadron, formed at Scampton on 21st March 1943 and last based at Lossiemouth in Moray, was disbanded as its Tornado aircraft were withdrawn from service. During World War II they practiced their techniques at the Derwent Dam in Derbyshire and also at Eyebrook Reservoir in the East Midlands.

2015 – English Heritage officially became a charity after the government split the public body into two parts – the smaller Historic England and the English Heritage Trust.

2016 – The new, mandatory National Living Wage came into force, requiring employers to pay workers aged 25 and over at least £7.20 an hour.

Trivia : and shower thoughts

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.

“Cogito ergo est. I think, therefore you is.” – The King of the Moon #moviequotes

“U + Me = Us (Calculus)” #songlyrics

I see the Google logo every day, but I don’t know which letter is in which color.

Useless Pronunciation: E as in entirely

The biggest film of 1936: How to Become a Detective.

“Ask not what your country can do for you …” – John F. Kennedy

“As Mr. Sloan always says, there is no “I” in team, but there is an “I” in pie. And there’s an “I” in meat pie. Anagram of meat is team… I don’t know what he’s talking about.” – Shaun

The only answer to the question, “Is today opposite day?” is “No”.

TV Quotes… “Mom always liked you best” (Tommy Smothers) on “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour”

A group of Monkeys is called a Troop or Barrel or Carload or Cartload or Tribe.

When going to the casino take out the money you are comfortable losing and then keep your credit cards and debit cards locked in your vehicle. Bonus points if you park far away as well. #LifeProTip

“If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons.” – James Thurber

Birthday : quotes

“My whole career has been devoted to keeping people from knowing me.” – Lon Chaney

“Only a fool learns from his own mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistakes of others.” – Otto von Bismarck

“I’m learning how to live in the present and be grateful for what’s working rather than looking for the ‘what’s not working’ piece.” – Ali MacGraw

“I can’t change the world. I have to fix me.” – Bijou Phillips

“The First Amendment, I think, is the jewel of our Constitution.” – Samuel Alito

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