1. What April Fool's event happened on the 1st April, 1957 ran by the BBC?
The BBC went full on funny when they aired an episode of the current affairs program 'Panorama on 1st April 1957,' showcasing 'The Spaghetti Tree.' When this episode was aired, people didn't know very much about spaghetti, so once it was seen being grown and cultivated from trees in Switzerland viewers lost their minds.
2. Which famous artist sang 'Heartbreak Hotel' on the Milton Berle Show on 3rd April, 1956?
1956 - Elvis Presley sang Heartbreak Hotel on the Milton Berle Show, with an estimated 25% of the United States population viewing. Yep, that's right. 'The King' otherwise known as Elvis Presley was the singer which had an estimated quarter of the whole population watching all at once. Did you know though, that Elvis used black shoe polish to make his hair black? Uh-huh uh-huuuuh.
3. In which city did Disneyland open on 15th April, 1983?
The father of Mickey Mouse, Walt Disney never rested on his laurels. He created a theme park because he wanted one just for his children. Disneyland Tokyo, located in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan was the third Disneyland created in 1983. The theme park expanded to Tokyo DisneySea in 2001.
4. What company released a 'new' brand of drink on April 23rd, 1985, which was not received well?
Arguably one of the biggest Coca Cola flops of all time. Without warning on April 23rd 1985, Coke decided to change their recipe and name to a 'New Coke.' So many people were against the idea that they went to the streets to protest, with some protest groups claiming they had over 100,000 members fighting to bring back the original recipe. After 79 days, the original recipe was brought back and the New Coke was thrown in the bin, discarded like a bitter memory.
5. Which boxing champion was stripped of his heavyweight title after refusing to join the army on April 28th, 1967?
Muhammad Ali (Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.) originally tried to be enrolled into the army, but failed it on the grounds he could not pass the proficiency tests. Later on, the test boundaries changed slightly, which meant that Ali could now be inducted into the army. However, at this point he had earned the coveted prize of World Boxing Heavywright Champion. As Cassius refused to go into the army which is against US law, he was stripped of his title.
6. The first portable mobile phone call was placed in which US city on April 2nd, 1973?
Imagine beating your rivals to complete the task of inventing a way to make phone calls on the go. Imagine rubbing it in their faces by giving said rival a call, from your mobile phone when you'd accomplished it. This is exactly what Martin Cooper, a Motorola engineer did walking along Sixth Avenue in New York on April 2nd, 1973. He called Joel Engel of Bell Laboratories at AT&T, from his clunky cellular which weighed over 2 pounds, to announce he had created a portable telephone. Ironically, Cooper was left speechless.
What video uploading and sharing site uploaded its first video in 2005, named 'Me at the Zoo'?
Every minute, more than a whopping 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube. To put that into perspective, that's half as long as the Apollo 11 mission. Every. Single. Minute. This all started when one of the sites co-founders Jawed Karim uploaded a video on April 23rd, 2005. The video, under 20 seconds long, shows Karim describing the trunk of an elephant.
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