April Fools’ Day is an annual celebration commemorated on April 1 by playing practical jokes and spreading hoaxes.
Hans Christian Andersen was born on this day in 1805.
British suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst was sentenced to 3 years in jail in 1913.
In 1581 Francis Drake was knighted by Queen Elizabeth I aboard Golden Hind at Deptford.
The first civic public park opened on this day in 1874.
This day celebrates Roma life and culture in the many parts of the world in which they have settled.
The famous British engineer was born in Portsmouth, England on this day.
On this day in 1633, the first bananas were sold in London.
The singer Bob Dylan made his first appearance at Folk City on this day in 1961.
Yuri Gagarin became the first human being to travel into space on this day in 1961.
On this day in 1912, the Titanic – the biggest ship in the world at this time – sank after hitting an iceberg in the North Atlantic ocean.
In 1705 Queen Anne of England knighted Isaac Newton at Trinity College, Cambridge.
The Peak District – Britain’s First National Park – opened on this day in 1951.
On this day in 1924, the first crossword puzzle book was published.
Cook sailed up the east coast of Australia – which he named New South Wales – and made the first known map of it.
Margaret Pereira developed a way of investigating tiny blood stains and became Head of the British Forensic Science Service.
The patron saint of England is celebrated annually on this date.
On this day in 1184 BC, the Greeks entered Troy using the Trojan Horse.
The famous American jazz singer was particularly known for ‘scat singing’ – a form of vocal improvisation with wordless vocables and nonsense syllables.
On this day in 1964 Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form a new country: Tanzania.
First introduced in 1982 by the UNESCO International Dance Committee to promote the importance of dance.
One of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America and the first US president on this date in 1789.
May Day has been celebrated for over 2000 years as the start of summer.
National Pet Month runs from 1 April to 6 May.
May is ‘Local History Month’ – an opportunity to raise awareness about the history of local communities and local areas.
Today is Star Wars Day, a celebration of the famous film franchise created by George Lucas. It’s on 4 May as a play on words of the famous line from the films “May the force (fourth!) be with you.”
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