Days of the Month

Fun facts about April

Corey McGoffin, Contributor

Days of the Month

April 1, April Fools’ Day

April 2, 1792 -The Coinage Act was passed, establishing the United States Mint.

April 3, 1986 – Merv Griffin sold Merv Griffin Enterprises, to The Coca-Cola Company, for $250,000,000.

April 4, 1850 – Los Angeles, California was incorporated as a city.

April 5, 1997 – The Crocodile Hunter premiered on Animal Planet.

April 6, 1974 – Waterloo won the Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden.

April 7, 1945 – Japanese battleship Yamato was sunk by Allied forces off the coast of Okinawa.

April 8, 1879 – “Fire Escape Ladder” was Patented (#214,224) by J.R. Winters.

April 9, 1867 – The Alaska Purchase – the United States bought Alaska from the Russian Empire for $7.2 million, in a treaty ratified by the U.S. Senate.

April 10, 2016 – The price of US postage decreased for the first time (from 49 to 47 cents) in almost 100 years.

April 11, 1957 – The Ryan X-13 Vertijet became the first jet to take-off and land vertically, at Edwards Air Force Base, California.

April 12, 1633 – Galileo was convicted of heresy, for announcing that the Earth revolved around the Sun.

April 13, 1976 – The United States Treasury Department reintroduced the two-dollar bill as a Federal Reserve Note.

April 14, 1912 – RMS Titanic hit an iceberg, killing 1514 people that evening, and into the next day.

April 15, 1941 – Igor Sikorsky made the first helicopter flight over one-hour duration in his Vought-Sikorsky VS-300.

April 16, 1995 – Governor George W. Bush named April 16 as Selena Day in Texas, after the singer was killed two weeks earlier.

April 17, 1907 – The Ellis Island immigration center in New York processed 11,747 people, more than on any other day.

April 18, 1989 – In the People’s Republic of China (PRC), student protests grew until the Chinese government eventually suppressed them in June, during what came to be known as the Tiananmen Square Massacre.

April 19, 1975 – India’s first satellite, Aryabhata, was launched.

April 20, Danica Patrick became the first woman to win an Indycar race

April 21, 1986 – Geraldo Rivera hosted a live, highly promoted two-hour syndicated special The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vault. They found nothing.

April 22, 1912 – Pravda, the “voice” of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, began publication in Saint Petersburg.

April 23, 1564 – William Shakespeare was born. He went on to write 38 plays and invent dozens of English words.

April 24, 1800 – The Library of Congress was established.

April 25, 1947 – President Harry Truman opened the two lane White House bowling alley.

April 26, 1977 – Studio 54 opened at 254 West 54th Street in New York City.

April 27, 2014 – Popes John XXIII and John Paul II were declared saints by the Catholic Church.

April 28, 1994- The Simpsons aired its 100th episode

April 29, 2005 – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy released in theaters.

April 30, 1812 – The Territory of Orleans became the 18th U.S. state under the name Louisiana.