Saturday, April 1, 2017

PARACULTURAL CALENDAR FOR APRIL 1

FOR APRIL FOOL'S, HERE'S THE BEST FAKE POOP MAKING METHOD EVER!

On this day in 527, Byzantine Emperor Justin I names his nephew Justinian I, co-ruler and successor to the throne. And that's where we get April Fool's Day from!

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On this day in 528, the daughter of Emperor Xiaoming of Northern Wei was made the "Emperor" as a male heir of the late emperor by Empress Dowager Hu, deposed and replaced by Yuan Zhao the next day; she was the first female monarch in the History of China, but not widely recognized.

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On this day in 1873, the British steamer RMS Atlantic sinks off Nova Scotia, killing 547.

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On this day in 1924, German rabble-rouser Adolf Hitler is sentenced to five years in jail for his participation in the Beer Hall Putsch. He only serves nine months of his sentence, during which time he writes Mein Kampf, explaining his personal philosophy of government. Roughly ten years later, in 1933, the newly-elected Nazi Party organizes a boycott of Jewish-owned businesses in Germany, a precursor to a series of laws that would eventually come to be known as the Holocaust.

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On this day in 1957, the BBC broadcasts the spaghetti tree hoax on its current affairs programme Panorama.

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On this day in 1970, President Richard Nixon signs the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act into law, requiring the Surgeon General's warnings on tobacco products and banning cigarette advertisements on television and radio in the United States, starting on January 1, 1971.

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How appropriate is it that American Motors chose April Fool's Day, 1970 to introduce their latest model, the Gremlin?

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On this day in 1999, Nunavut is established as a semi-autonomous Canadian territory carved out of the eastern part of the Northwest Territories.

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On this day in 2004, Google announces Gmail to the public.

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On this day in 2011, after protests against the burning of the Quran turn violent, a mob attacks a United Nations compound in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, resulting in the deaths of thirteen people, including eight foreign workers.

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