What Happened On This Day – April 1
2001 The Netherlands becomes the first country to allow same-sex marriage
Despite opposition from conservative factions, gay and lesbian couples are today allowed to marry in many other countries.
2001 Slobodan Milošević is arrested
The former President of Serbia was arrested on corruption charges. Later he was put on trial before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague for war crimes during the Yugoslav wars.
1976 Apple Inc. is founded
The computer company, which has evolved into a multinational corporation and whose best-known product is the iPhone, was founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne. In 2012, the company's global revenue amounted to $156 billion.
1957 The BBC broadcasts the spaghetti tree hoax
The 3-minute film shown on the current affairs program, Panorama, portrayed a Swiss family apparently harvesting spaghetti from a tree. A number of viewers later contacted the BBC to inquire where to find and how to grow such a plant. The hoax is regarded as one of the best April Fools jokes ever pulled.
1939 General Franco proclaims victory in the Spanish civil war
The dictator ruled Spain until his death in 1975. His regime was responsible for gross human rights violations, including murdering numerous political opponents.
Births On This Day – April 1
1961 Susan Boyle
1940 Wangari Maathai
Kenyan environmentalist, Nobel Prize laureate
1875 Edgar Wallace
English journalist, author, playwright
1873 Sergei Rachmaninoff
Russian pianist, composer, conductor
1815 Otto von Bismarck
German politician, 1st Chancellor of the German Empire
Deaths On This Day – April 1
2010 John Forsythe
1984 Marvin Gaye
1976 Max Ernst
German painter, sculptor, poet
1930 Cosima Wagner
1917 Scott Joplin
American pianist, composer