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  1. On this day, April 13th, a Friday in 2029, an asteroid more than 1,000ft wide will pass by Earth closer than the moon and will easily be observed with the naked eye.

  2. Germans have a running gag where they pretend the town of Bielefeld does not exist. Even when Angela Merkel talked about a meeting she had in Bielefeld, she added: "…if it exists at all." Bielefeld has even released a statement insisting their existence, but unknowingly published it on April 1.

  3. Gmail was believed to be an April Fools joke upon its release on March 29 due to its 1 GB storage space: Hotmail offered only 2mb at the time

  4. On April 1, 1974, the local residents of Sitka, Alaska woke to their nearby dormant volcano, Mount Edgecumbe, billowing out black smoke. When a Coast Guard pilot came closer to investigate, he found 70 tires burning and the words "APRIL FOOL" spray painted into the snow.

  5. Gmail was launched on April 1,2004 and was widely assumed to be an April Fools' Day prank.They offered 1GB free storage in 2004 while other webmail services provided between 5MB - 50MB.

  6. The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum displayed Wonder Woman's Invisible Jet for one day only: April 1, 2015

  7. On April 1, 1980, BBC news ervice "reported" that the Big Ben will get a digital readout, and that the clock hands will be given to the first four listeners to call. Later on, BBC received a massive amount of phone calls from angry protestors, and ended up spending several days to apologize.

  8. The city of Pripyat, Ukraine built an amusement park scheduled to open May 1, 1986, but never operated for more than a few hours before being forever abandoned after the April 26 Chernobyl nuclear disaster a few kilometers away.

  9. The phenomenon of "Rickrolling" became so popular that that on 1 April 2008, YouTube pranked its users by making every single featured video on its front page a rickroll.

  10. On Saturday night (30 March '12), the Chief of the Israeli Navy gave a surprise order for 3 ships to prepare to leave for a 10-day exercise; the men on the ships worked all night only to learn the next morning (1 April '12) that it was all an April Fool's Day joke.

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In April 2005, at least 1,000 toads exploded in Hamburg, as a result of crows removing the livers from the toads

On April 1 1974 Oliver Bickar took 70 tires to the top of Mt. Edgecumbe and lit them on fire. The locals thought the 400-year dormant volcano was erupting and a helicopter was sent up to check it out. When the helicopter arrived, the pilot found the words "APRIL FOOL" spray painted on the snow.

Ronald Wayne was a co-founder of Apple. He owned 10% of the company, but sold his stock for $800 on April 12, 1976 (today, worth nearly 60 billion). He later accepted $1,500 to forfeit any future claims against Apple.

On 1 April 1976, a radio prank convinced listeners that a rare astronomical event that day would cause a temporary decrease in Earth's gravity, such that listeners would feel a floating sensation at that exact moment. Soon after 9:47 that morning, phone calls poured in confirming the phenomenon.

Hooters was founded on April 1, 1983 by a group of six businessmen called the Hooters 6. They chose April Fools' Day as a joke because they believed it was going to fail.

On April 1, 1974, the local residents of Sitka, Alaska woke to their nearby dormant volcano, Mount Edgecumbe, billowing out black smoke. When a Coast Guard pilot came closer to investigate, he found 70 tires burning and the words "APRIL FOOL" spray painted into the snow.

In North Korea, it is the year 104. That’s based off of the Juche Calendar, introduced in 1997. Juche 1 is based on the year Kim Il-sung was born, April 15, 1912.

On April 1, 2007, Google sent an email to all of its employees warning that a python was loose inside of their New York office. It was not a joke.

On April 1, 1962, the Swedish national television broadcast a 5-minute special on how one could get color TV by placing a nylon stocking in front of the TV. Thousands tried it.

During the time Jack Johnson (the first black world champion heavyweight boxer) was incarcerated in Leavenworth, he modified a wrench for tightening loosened fastening devices and received a patent for his improvements on April 18, 1922, known as US Patent 1,413,121.

Gmail was announced on April 1, 2004, making many believe that the service was a joke.

On April 1, 2008 YouTube rickrolled the world by linking every video on the front page of YouTube to Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up."

In 2018 Easter Sunday and April Fool's Day in the US will fall on the same day, April 1, 2018.

Hitler wasn't the only Führer of Nazi Germany. After his suicide, the second Führer was former Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda Joseph Goebbels from 30 April-1 May 45 (Goebbels' suicide). The last Führer was Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk from 1 May-27 May 1945.

Every April 25 is ANZAC day in Australia and New Zealand. It is a day of remembrance and a national holiday in both countries, similar to Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and the Fourth of July in the United States.

As an April Fool's Day joke, Gamestation added a clause stating that users who placed an order on April 1, 2010 agreed to irrevocably give their soul to the company. 7,500 users agreed.

Mitch Hedberg died of a cocaine and heroin drug overdose. His death was formally announced on April 1, 2005, leading some to believe it was an April Fools' Day joke.

The Allied landings took place on April 25.

Richthofen was killed on April 21, 1918 while flying over the Somme River. He was pursing Canadian pilot Arthur Brown. It is not certain if Brown or someone on the ground killed the Red Baron.

He died of a heart attack on April 1, 1981 in New York City at the age of eighty-eight. He is interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

The John Denver super hit "Take Me Home, Country Roads", released in 1971, finally went Platinum (1 million sales) on April 10, 2017, 46 years after release.

On April 1, 1865, Confederate Major General George Pickett was defeated by Union Major General Philip Sheridan at the Battle of Five Forks. The victory opened the path for the Union army to march on General Lee's remaining army near Appomattox.

Galton made many contributions to the science of meteorology and on 1 April 1875 he created the first weather map printed in The Times.

On 1 April 1922, Rorschach died of peritonitis from a ruptured appendix.

Oliver "Porky" Bickar on April 1, 1974, pranked Sitka Alaska that the volcano Mount Edgecumbe was erupting. He did this by igniting hundreds of old tires in the crater. "April Fool" was spray-painted in 50 ft letters. Bickar had been planning the prank for four years.