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When Gmail was introduced with an unbelievable 1GB free storage in 2004, Hotmail only offered 2MB. Google announced Gmail on April 1st, and wrote a punny and unprofessional press release, tricking many into thinking it was an April's fool joke

On April 1st, 1993 a San Diego Radio station reported that the space shuttle Discovery had to make an emergency landing at the local airport at 8:30 am. Over 1000 people headed for the landing site to catch a glimpse, crowding the airport and causing traffic jams. It was an April Fools hoax.

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  1. On April 1st, 2015, the Smithsonian had a special one day viewing of Wonder Woman's Invisible Jet

  2. On 1st April,2008 Youtube rickrolled its viewers by redirecting every featured front page video to the original song video, 'Never gonna give you up'

  3. April 1st was originally celebrated as the New Year day, until in 1582 Pope Gregory XIII ordered a new calender to replace the old one. Those who continued celebrating the New Year on April 1st (either rebels or ignorant of the new changes) were thus branded 'Fools'.

  4. BMW released an ad on April 1st 2015 saying that they would give away a brand new BMW in exchange for any old car. Suspecting it to be another April Fools prank, no one showed up except one woman. She came in with her 15 year old station wagon and walked off with a £25000 BMW.

  5. On April 1st 2015, BMW ran a newspaper ad that the first person to come into a dealership and ask for "Tom" could swap their old car for a brand new BMW

  6. Keanu Reeves had a child with his partner, Jennifer Syme but sadly, the child was stillborn. The strain put on their relationship by their grief resulted in their breakup several weeks later and on April 1st 2001,she died in a car accident. Since then, he's not been in serious relationship.

  7. On April 1st 1962 the Swedish television network SVT pranked viewers by having an "expert" demonstrate that placing a nylon stocking over their black & white TV would turn it into a colour TV

  8. On the fifth day of Akitu (Babylonian New year) which falls on the 1st of April, the king is required to attend the temple, strip all his clothes and then get slapped really hard by the priest.

  9. On April 25th, 1898, the U.S. declared war on Spain, and the first battle occurred on May 1st, 1898 at Manila Bay in the Philippines. The U.S. won.

  10. Every year between April 1st and October 31st the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center West Yellowstone, Montana offers live-bear testing for bear-resistant products

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On April 1st, 1933, the Nazi Party began their plan to remove Jews from society by announcing a boycott against all Jewish-owned businesses.

The book The Canterbury Tales, written in 1392 by Geoffrey Chaucer, associated April 1st with foolishness.

Prior to D-Day the air support operations flew 14,000 missions in an effort to weaken German forces. Between April 1st and June 5th, 1944 the losses to air forces included 12,000 airmen and 2,000 airplanes.

Mitch Hedburg's death was thought to be an April Fool's Day jokes since it was announced on April 1st, 2005.

Google sent out a memo on April 1st, 2007 saying that there was a Python loose in their NYC office, and it was not a joke. - source

In Poland April Fools" Day is so strongly believed that an anti-Turkish alliance signed on April 1st with Leopold 1 in 1683 had to be backdated to March 31st.

April Fools" Day is also called All Fools" Day, and is celebrated on April 1st each year.

On April 1st, 1997, Alex Trebek and Pat Sajak switched jobs. Trebek hosted Wheel of Fortune, while Sajak hosted Jeopardy.

Dag Hammarskjöld, the second Secretary-General of the United Nations, first heard of his nomination when a journalists called him in the early morning of April 1st and dismissed it as an April Fool's Day joke. He finally believed it after the third call.

When New Year's Day was changed to January 1st in the 16th century in France some people refused to accept the change. They were often referred to as April fools.

On April 1st 1997 Sony Studios played a prank on their viewers. Pat Sajak Hosted Jeopardy and Alex Trebek Hosted Wheel of fortune On which Vanna White and Pat Sajak were contestents. Link to the jeopardy episode in the comments.

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In France and Morocco April 1st is April Fish Day.

The Japanese tricked the U.S. Military into thinking Okinawa was largely undefended on April 1st, 1944.

On April 1st, 1974, Oliver “Porky” Bickar flew 70 tires into Mt. Edgecumbe - a dormant volcano - and set them on fire in order to simulate the beginnings of an eruption for April Fools Day. This not only alerted the locals and the coast guard, but it also made worldwide news.

April 1st, 1965, BBC TV aired an "interview" with a man who had invented "Smellovision" that allowed viewers at home to experience smells. Viewers called in to confirm that they had smelled the aromas that were "transmitted" through their television sets

In Jan 2015 Iran launched their 2nd annual International Holocaust Cartoon Competition in response to the Charlie Hedbo Prophet Muhammad magazine cover. The deadline for submissions was April 1st, because "that is the day of lies, and the Holocaust is the biggest lie ever invented."

April 1st is National Whopper Day in Japan and will be the first country to introduce BK perfume

Kim Il Sung the 1st president/dictator of North Korea was born on the same day that HMS Titanic sank - 15 April, 1912

The Gremlin, considered one of the worst cars ever built, was first introduced on April 1st, i.e. April Fools Day

Holidays in Scotland are all over the map. Example, "Spring Holiday" is observed in some cities on the 1st Monday in April; some on the 2nd Monday; Edinburgh on the 3rd Monday; one town on the last Monday; and Aberdeen switches it up from year to year.

On April 1st, 1974, a prankster ignited a pile of 100 tires in the crater of Mount Edgecumbe convincing nearby residents of Sitka, Alaska that the volcano was erupting. The prankster had spraypainted "April Fool" in 50ft letters on the volcano and had planned the prank for four years.

Gmail first launched on April 1st, 2004. It was widely assumed the service was an April Fools Day joke!

A tsunami struck Hilo Hawaii on April 1st 1946 killing hundreds of people who ignored early warnings believing it to be an April fools prank

The Nuremberg Laws, the laws that officially began the persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany, were enacted on April 1st, 1933, otherwise known as April Fools Day.

Sports Illustrated created a fiction Mets Baseball pitcher for their 1985 April 1st issue. The player went to Harvard, learned yoga in Tibet, and could throw 168 mph. Upon releasing the article, other teams GMs called Commissioner of the MLB to ask how his batters could face the pitcher safely.

In Illinois every April 1st is "Cheap Trick Day"

Gmail was launched on April 1st, 2004 and many believed it to be a hoax.

Reddit on April 1st is basically one giant link to being Rickrolled.

BBC once claimed (for an April 1st hoax) that penguins could fly

Gmail first launched on April 1st, 2004, many people thought it was an April Fools Day joke.

Gmail was originally announced on April 1st 2004 and many people thought it was a prank

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