ON THIS DAY IN RECENT HISTORY ~ April 1
1883 - Lon Chaney, CO, man of 1000 faces, actor (High Noon, Phantom of Opera) is born
1889 - 1st dishwashing machine marketed (Chicago)
1891 - London-Paris telephone connection opens
1891 - Painter Gauguin leaves Marseille for Tahiti
1891 - The Wrigley Company is founded in Chicago, Illinois.
1916 - 1st US national women's swiming championships held
1917 - Johnny Andrews, Boston, singer/host (Songs at Twilight) is born
1917 - Leon Janney, Ogden Ut, actor (Hawk) is born
1917 - Scott Joplin, ragtime composer (Sting), dies at 48
1923 - Bobby Jordan, NY, actor (Bowery Champs, Kid Dynamite, Flying Wild) is born
1924 - Hitler sentenced to 5 years labor but Gen Ludendorff acquitted
1924 - Disney's Alice Comedy, Alice's Spooky Adventure, starring Virginia Davis, is released.
1924 - The Royal Canadian Air Force is formed.
1927 - 1st automatic record changer introduced by His Master's Voice
1928 - George Grizzard, NC, actor (Wrong is Right, Bachelor Party, Attica) is born
1928 - Jane Powell, Portland Oregon, singer/actress (7 Brides for 7 Brothers) is born
1929 - Louie Marx introduces Yo-Yo
1930 - "Blue Angel," starring unknown Marlene Dietrich, premieres in America
1930 - Grace Lee Whitney, Ann Arbor Mich, actress (Yeoman Rand-Star Trek) is born
1931 - Jackie Mitchell became 1st female in professional baseball
1932 - Debbie Reynolds, El Paso Texas, actress (Singin' in the Rain) is born
1932 - Gordon Jump, Dayton Ohio, actor (Arthur Carlson-WKRP, Growing Pains) is born
1933 - Heinrich Himmler becomes Police Commander of Germany
1933 - Nazi Germany begins persecution of Jews and boycotting Jewish businesses
1934 - Bonnie & Clyde kill 2 police officers
1934 - Don Hastings, Bkln NY, actor (Capt Video, Bob-As the World Turns) is born
1935 - 1st radio tube made of metal announced, Schenectady, NY
1938 - Baseball Hall of Fame opens in Cooperstown, NY
1938 - Joe Louis KOs Harry Thomas in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
1939 - Ali MacGraw, Pound Ridge NY, actress (Love Story, Goodbye Columbus) is born
1939 - Rudolph Isley, Cincinnati Ohio, rocker (Isley Brothers-Shout) is born
1941 - Lillian Hellman's "Watch on the Rhine," premieres in NYC
1941 - Navy takes over Treasure Island (SF Bay)
1941 - Nazi's forbid Jews access to cafés
1941 - Pro-German Rashid Ali al-Ghailani grabs power in Iraq
1945 - US forces invade Okinawa during WW II
1946 - Weight Watchers forms
1946 - Noah Beery, actor (Beau Geste, Cimarron Kid, Mammy), dies at 62
1946 - Animator Frank Thomas (one of Walt's "Nine Old Men") returns to work at the Disney Studio after serving 4 years in the Army Air Corps during the WWII.
1952 - Big Bang theory proposed in Physical Review by Alpher, Bethe & Gamow
1952 - Annette O'Toole, Houston Texas, actress (Cat People, Superman III) is born
1953 - Barry Sonnenfeld, director (When Harry Met Sally, Big, Misery) is born
1954 - Jeff Porcaro, LA California, drummer/percussionist (Toto-Roxanne, Africa) is born
1954 - 1st Dutch motorway, Amsterdam-Utrecht, opens
1954 - US Air Force Academy forms
1956 - Elvis Presley films his first Hollywood screen test.
1960 - Census determines the resident population of the United States to be 179,245,000
1960 - 1st weather satellite launched (TIROS 1)
1960 - Elvis Presley tapes Frank Sinatra's Timex TV special in Miami.
1961 - Jennifer Runyon, actress (Cindy-A Very Brady Christmas) is born
1963 - Soap operas "General Hospital" & "Doctors" premier on TV
1963 - Fats Domino signs with ABC-Paramount after his Imperial contract ends.
1964 - John Lennon was reunited with his father, Freddie, after 17 years. Freddie will die on this same day in 1976 at the age of 63.
1966 - David Bowie's first solo single, "Do Anything You Say," is released.
1967 - The United States Department of Transportation begins operation.
1969 - The final episode of "The Andy Griffith Show" airs.
1969 - Traci Lin-Tavi, NYC, actress (Ryan's Hope, F/X, Fright Night 2) is born
1969 - The Beach Boys announce that they are suing their record company for over $2 million in royalties. They also announce their record label called Brothers Records.
1970 - The "Woodstock" movie premiers in Hollywood.
1970 - President Nixon signs bill limiting cigarette advertisements on tv or radio
1972 - Major league baseball players stages 1st collective strike
1973 - Japan allows its citizens to own gold
1974 - Ayatollah Khomeini calls for an Islamic Republic in Iran
1976 - Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak create Apple Inc. The company's first computer is sold as a circuit board with no monitor or keyboard.
1976 - Jimmy Buffett's "Margaritaville" is released.
1977 - Elvis Presley is admitted to a Memphis hospital due to fatigue and intestinal flu. He will stay for 6 days.
1978 - The final episode of "The Bob Newhart Show" airs.
1979 - Iran proclaimed an Islamic Republic following fall of Shah
1981 - CNN airs a videotape that shows that Tamara Rand predicted that Reagan is in danger from someone named Jack Humley (a hoax)
1984 - Marvin Gaye, singer (Sexual Healing), shot to death by his father Marvin Gaye Sr in LA at 44
1985 - David Lee Roth leaves Van Halen to pursue a solo career.
1988 - Jim Jordan, actor (Fibber McGee), dies from a blod clot at 91
1991 - Iran releases British hostage Roger Cooper after 5 years
1991 - Supreme Court rules jurors can't be barred from serving due to race
1991 - US minimum wage goes from $3.80 to $4.25 per hour
1992 - Rocker Billy Idol fined $2,000 for hitting a woman
1992 - World's 7 wealthiest nations agree on $24B aid for former USSR
2001 - Same-sex marriage becomes legal in the Netherlands, which is the first country to allow it.
2002 - The Netherlands legalizes euthanasia, becoming the first nation in the world to do so.
2004 - Google introduces its Gmail product to the public. The launch is met with scepticism on account of the launch date.
2010 - John Forsythe, American actor (b. 1918) dies
2011 - After protests against the burning of the Quran turned violent, a mob attacked a United Nations compound in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan and killed thirteen people, including eight foreign workers.