On This Day In History, 1 April


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World Events Today

  • The international distress signal, SOS, was adopted by the German government today in 1905, it was adopted internationally the year after
  • The United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force, also known as the RAF, was formed today in 1918
  • The BBC fooled the nation today in 1957 when, as an April Fool, it broadcast a spoof Panorama documentary, it showed women in Switzerland carefully plucking strands of spaghetti from a tree and laying them in the sun to dry

Entertainment Events Today

  • The Beatles legend John Lennon, was briefly reunited with his father Freddie today in 1964, they had not seen each other for 17 years but, the meeting lasted just 20 minutes
  • Apple was founded today in 1976 by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne, the company would go on to transform lives with the iPod and the iPhone
  • After punching a woman in the face the previous year, William Michael Broad, better known as the Rock singer Billy Idol, was found guilty and fined $2,000 today in 1992

Family Events Today

  • The American actress Debbie Reynolds, the mother of Todd and Carrie Fisher, was born today in 1932 in Texas
  • The English television presenter and radio DJ Chris Evans, who shot to fame presenting The Big Breakfast, was born today in 1966 in Warrington
  • The American actor John Forsythe, who starred as Blake Carrington in Dynasty and Charlie in Charlie’s Angels, died today in 2010 aged 92

Main Event Today

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Sourdough Bread Day

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