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April 2004


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April 1

Is the Feast Day of Saints Agilbert, Gilbert of Caithness, Tewdric, Walaric, Catharine of Palma , Melito,  Valery, Hugh of Bonnevaux, and Hugh of Grenoble .

It is also All Fools' Day, despite which it was the day chosen for the foundation of the Territorial Army in 1908.  And for the formation of the RAF in 1918.  Who says British politicians have no sense of humour?

Come to that, April 1st 1947 was the day that Britain 's school-leaving age was raised to 15, and when VAT was introduced.  In 1948 the USSR began its blockade of Berlin , while the USA launched the world's first weather satellite, Tiros I, in 1960.  Perhaps they don't understand All Fools' Day in America .

Prominent (?) people born on April 1 include William Harvey, the English physician who explained the circulation of the blood, in 1578, Otto von Bismarck, first chancellor of the German Empire in 1815,: Edmond Rostand, author of Cyrano de Bergerac in1868 and Ali McGraw (or should that be MacGraw?) in1938.

Deaths include Eleanor of Aquitaine in1204, King Robert III of Scotland in 1406, Scott Joplin in 1917, Max Ernst in 1976 and Marvin Gaye in 1984.

In 1998 the US software company Knowledge Adventure waited until April 2 to introduce a product called 'JumpStart Baby', designed for nine-month-old babies to play on their parents' laps.  Perhaps the Americans do understand All Fools' Day after all.

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