Today in History - April 1st

April Fool’s Day

1748 – On this day in history, Ruins found of Pompeii, a Roman city that was destroyed by the volcanic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D.

1889 – Chicago marketed the first dishwashing machine.

1891 – Today in history, Telephone connections open between Paris and London.

1916 – First national women’s swimming championship held in the U.S.

1931 – Professional baseball welcomes its first woman pitcher,Jackie Mitchell. In her first game against the New York Yankees, she struck out Babe Ruth.

1933 – Nazi Germany begins persecuting Jews by boycotting Jewish businesses.

1954 – The U.S. Air Force Academy is formed.

1963 – TV premiers of soap operas “Doctors” and “General Hospital”.

1966 – First World Festival of Black Arts And Cultures in Dakar, Senegal.

1970 – President Nixon signs a law banning cigarette advertising from Television and Radio broadcasts.

1983 – Protesters in England against nukes link arms in a human chain that is 14 miles long.

Famous and Historical Birthdays

Say Happy Birthday to…

1578 – William Harvey (English physician who discovered the circulation of blood)

1865 – Richard Zsigmondy (Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry)

1932 – Debbie Reynolds (Actress)

1940 – Wangari Maathai (Political Activist and first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize)

1942 – Phil Margo (Singer)

1971 – Daniel Vacek (Professional tennis player)