April 1 Dateline

April 1, 2018 - EASTER SUNDAY! 

Today, April 1, is April Fool's Day.  According to The Museum of Hoaxes (refer to  resource below #5. "The Origin of April Fool's Day"),  references to April Fool's Day can be found as early as the 1500s, however, they were infrequent and tended to be vague and ambiguous.  Many theories have been put forward about how the tradition began. Unfortunately, none of them are very compelling. So the origin of the "custom of making April Fools" remains as much a mystery to us as it was back in 1708.

Famous Birthdays

1815 - Otto Von Bismarck, German Chancellor
1866 - Ferruccio Busoni, Italian Composer, Pianist, Teacher
1873 - Sergei Rachmaninoff (or Sergey Rakhmaninov), Russian Composer,Piano virtuoso. He becomes an American citizen shortly before he died. 
1908 - Abraham Maslow, Psychologist, best-known for Maslow's Hierarchy principle of needs
1909 - Eddy Duchin, American Pianist and Orchestra Leader 
1917 - Dinu Lipatti, Romanian Classical Pianist and Composer
1922 - William Manchester, Historian and Biographer, known for The Glory and the Dream
1940 - Wangari Maathai, first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004

Composer Sergei (Sergey) Rachmaninoff (Rakhmaninov)


1.  Rachmaninoff and Busoni

2.  Sergey Rachmaninov (Rachmaninoff) and his popular "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini," performed by pianist/composer Stephen Hough.

Historical Events

1747 - George F. Handel's oratorio Judas Maccabaeus, if first performed in London.

1826 - The internal combustion engine is patented by U.S. inventor Samuel Morey. It meets with disinterest during Morey's lifetime and is not used in automobiles until the 1890s.

1867 - Singapore becomes a Crown colony, with its administration overseen by London, England.

1918 - The Royal Air Force (RAF) is founded in Britain. It combines the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service.

1924 - Adolf Hitler is sentenced to five years for staging the coup d'etat known as the Beer Hall Putsch. He serves nine months, as he stays his time behind bars writing Mein Kampf, the Nazi manifesto.

1976 - Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak form the Apple Computer (Apple, Inc.) company, where they started out building computers in a garage.

1976 - Arthur Rubinstein is awarded the U.S. Medalof Freedom by President Ford. It is the highest honour given a civilian.   

Video Credit:

Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini - BBC Proms 2013 (Stephen Hough: Piano), Youtube, Uploaded by MartialVidz, Accessed April 1 2015. 


1. Asiado, Tel. The World's Movers and Shapers. New Hampshire: Ore Mountain Publishing House (2005)
2. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 19th Ed. London: Chambers Harrap, 2011
3. Dateline. Sydney: Millennium House, (2006)
4. Grun, Bernard. The Timestables of History, New 3rd Revised Ed. Simon & Schuster/Touchstone (1991)
5. "The Origin of April Fool's Day." The Museum of Hoaxes. Accessed April 1, 2014. 

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