April 1: Day of the Week
April 1, 2017 was the 91st day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 274 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Saturday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is samedi.
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Here’s the April calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Aries is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Diamond is the modern birthstone for this month. Opal is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
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April 1: This Day in History
April 1 is most notable in many countries for being April Fools’ Day.
April 1 Historical Event(s)
- 286Emperor Diocletian elevates his general Maximian to co-emperor with the rank of Augustus and gives him control over the Western regions of the Roman Empire.
- 1789In New York City, the United States House of Representatives holds its first quorum and elects Frederick Muhlenberg of Pennsylvania as its first House Speaker.
- 1867Singapore becomes a British crown colony.
- 1873The British steamer RMS Atlantic sinks off Nova Scotia, killing 547.
- 1933English cricketer Wally Hammond set a record for the highest individual Test innings of 336 not out, during a Test match against New Zealand.
- 1944Navigation errors lead to an accidental American bombing of the Swiss city of Schaffhausen.
- 1960The TIROS-1 satellite transmits the first television picture from space.
- 1967The United States Department of Transportation begins operation.
- 1976Apple Inc. is formed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.
- 2001Former President of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milošević surrenders to police special forces, to be tried on war crimes charges.
Who were born on April 1?
- 1899Gustavs Celmins, Latvian politician (d. 1968)
- 1920Toshirō Mifune, Japanese actor (d. 1997)
- 1940Wangari Maathai, Kenyan environmentalist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 2011)
- 1945John Barbata, American drummer
- 1946Ronnie Lane, English musician (d. 1997)
- 1949Gil Scott-Heron, American musician and composer (d. 2011)
- 1970Sung Hi Lee, Korean-born model
- 1971Jessica Collins, American actress
- 1980Bijou Phillips, American actress
- 1987Oliver Turvey, British racing driver
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