Thursday, March 31, 2011

Today in History!

Happy Friday and Happy April Fool's Day! It looks like Mother Nature played the biggest trick on all of us here in New England today with this snow! Just as I had put my snow boots and heavy coat away last weekend time to drag them back out again...hopefully for the last time! You just truly never know with NE least the spring snow melts fairly quick!

Well since it is Friday that means time for our facts!

  • 1700 – The April Fools Day tradition becomes popular with young English children playing pranks on each other. Historians also believe there are several other reasons why this day became known for pranks and tricks, including in 1582 when the French changed from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, and people who still thought the end of March was the end of the year were teased and pranked for being “foolish”.
  • 1789 – The first U.S. House of Representatives, meeting in New York City, elect their first speaker of the house, Pennsylvania Representative Frederick Augustus Conrad Muhlenberg.
  • 1946 – A massive 7.4 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Alaska triggered a devastating tsunami which caused extensive damage on the Hawaiian islands and claimed the lives of 159 people.
  • 1984 – The “Prince of Motown” Marvin Gaye was shot and killed by his father, one day before his 45th birthday.
  • 1985 – The Villanova Wildcats complete one of the greatest upsets in college basketball history, beating the Georgetown Hoyas 66-64 for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship!
Hope you all have some exciting plans this weekend!

Until next time...

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