April 1st Today in Worldwide History

Today’s Important Historical Events

527 Byzantine Emperor Justin I names his nephew Justinian I as co-ruler and successor to the throne

1748 Ruins of Pompeii rediscovered by Spaniard Rocque Joaquin de Alcubierre

1952 Big Bang theory proposed in Physical Review by Alpher, Bethe & George Gamow

1974 Ayatollah Khomeini calls for an Islamic Republic in Iran

1976 Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs found Apple Computer in the garage of Jobs’ parents house in Cupertino, California

2001 Netherlands becomes the first country in the world to make same-sex marriage legal

(Lady Beltane’s dad crossed the veil)

Today’s Historical Events

374 Comet 1P/374 E1 (Halley) approaches within 0.0884 AUs of Earth

527 Byzantine Emperor Justin I names his nephew Justinian I as co-ruler and successor to the throne

705 Greek pope John VII chosen as successor to John VI

1064 Body of bishop Eleutherius of Blandain moved to Doornik

1318 Berwick-upon-Tweed is captured by the Scottish from the English.

1340 Niels Ebbesen kills Gerhard III of Holstein in his bedroom, ending the 1332-1340 interregnum in Denmark.

1504 English guilds/corp goes under state control

1515 Portuguese fleet under Afonso de Albuquerque captures the Persian fortress of Ormuz, renaming it the Fort of Our Lady of the Conception

Today’s Historical Events in Flim and TV

1930 “The Blue Angel” starring Marlene Dietrich in her breakthrough role premieres in Germany

1947 Shin Takarajima (New Treasure Island) by Osamu Tezuka published, first manga cartoon in tankōbon form

1953 KXMC TV channel 13 in Minot, ND (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting

1954 WQED TV channel 13 in Pittsburgh, PA (PBS) begins broadcasting

1955 WTVT TV channel 13 in Tampa-St Petersburg, FL (CBS) 1st broadcast

1956 KPIC TV channel 4 in Roseburg, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting

1957 WYES-TV channel 12 in New Orleans, Louisiana (PBS) begins broadcasting

1958 KVIQ TV channel 6 in Eureka, CA (NBC/ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1822 Italian composer Luigi Cherubini becomes director of the Conservatoire de Paris music college, holds position for nearly 20 years

1956 10th Tony Awards: “The Diary of Anne Frank” (play) & “Damn Yankees” (musical) win

1964 John Lennon is reunited with his father Freddie after 17 years

1966 “Hold On, I’m Comin'” single released by Sam & Dave

1970 John Lennon and Yoko Ono release hoax they are having dual sex change operations

1972 30,000 attend Mar Y Sol rock concert, Vega Baja, Puerto Rico

1973 John Lennon and Yoko Ono form a new country with no laws or boundaries, called Nutopia, its national anthem is silence

1990 It becomes illegal in Salem Oregon to be within 2 feet of nude dancers

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1888 Students from Rotterdam, Netherlands establish a cricket club called Rotterdamsche Cricket & Football Club Sparta which evolves into Sparta Rotterdam

1919 Stanley Cup Final, Seattle Ice Arena, Seattle, WA: With Montreal Canadiens (NHL) & Seattle Metropolitans (PCHA) tied at 2-2-1, trophy not awarded due to worldwide flu epidemic

1920 Stanley Cup Final, Mutual Street Arena, Toronto, ON: Jack Darragh scores a hat-trick as Ottawa Senators (NHL) beat Seattle Metropolitans (PCHA), 6-1 for a 3-2 series win

1926 Montreal Maroons’ Clint Benedict becomes first NHL goalie to record 3 straight playoff shutouts, in a 3-0 win against the visiting Victoria Cougars in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Championship series

1930 American golfer Bobby Jones starts his Grand Slam season by winning the Southeastern Open by 13 strokes over Horton Smith at the Forest Hills-Ricker Golf Course in Atlanta, Georgia

1930 Chicago Cubs catcher Leo Hartnett breaks the altitude record for a catch by gloving a baseball dropped from the Goodyear blimp 800 feet over Los Angeles, California

1931 Jackie Mitchell becomes the second female (after Lizzie Arlington 1898) in organised baseball when she signs with the Chattanooga Lookouts Baseball Club

1933 England cricket batsman Wally Hammond smashes 34 fours, 10 sixes in a Test record unbeaten 336 in the drawn 2nd Test against New Zealand in Auckland