We don't really know if you have noticed, but April, despite being the 4th month of the year (according to the Julian and Gregorian calendars) is the 1st month to have 30 days! Of course, you noticed! In the northern hemisphere, it brings the lovely season of warmth and blooming flowers, the spring, while in the south the temperatures continue to soar, with beautiful withering leaves, bringing the autumn season. Read on to find out more about the month of April!
1. Named after…
It is derived from the latin word Aprilis. Although the derivation of the name April is uncertain, it is closely related to the word aperire, which means "to open" and indicates the opening up or blossoming of flowers.
2. Birthstone is…
The shiniest & the hardest stone in the world, the diamond is the birthstone of those who are born in this month. And diamonds are reminiscent of just one thing, love!
3. Fool's day!
April 1, is considered to be fools'/fools day all over the world. People go about pranking, playing practical jokes on their neighbors, all in good humor of course!
4. Microsoft was founded!
The biggest software producing company today, Microsoft kicked off its journey when Bill Gates and Paul Allen decided to turn their shared knowledge into a business. It was officially established on April 4, 1975, with Gates as the CEO.
5. Zodiac signs
- Aries (March 21st – April 19th)
- Taurus (April 20th – May 20th)
6. Martin Luther King Jr. assassination!
On April 4, 1968, the American civil rights proponent Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee by James Earl Ray who was a Missouri State Penitentiary fugitive.
7. Our beloved Apple began!
Three people, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne founded Apple and started selling the Apple I personal computer kit, on April 1, 1976. The Apple I was fully developed by Steve Wozniak alone.
8. Kurt Cobain died!
Nirvana's lead singer Kurt Cobain was found dead at his house in Seattle, Washington on April 8, 1994. The Smells Like Teen Spirit singer had committed suicide 3 days ago.
9. Titanic sank!
The ship that cannot sink, the RMS Titanic hit an iceberg & began sinking on April 14, 1912. It continued to sink the following day, taking more that 1500 lives.
10. The first McDonald's franchise restaurant opened!
It was the day that McD has become a franchise. On April 15, 1955, Ray Kroc opened up a McD restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois.
11. Game of Thrones premiere!
The premiere episode of the fantasy drama known for its gore fest and the brilliant storyline was aired on April 17, 2011. Today it is one of the most watched and followed shows all over the world, and the most pirated show in the history of television!
12. Rome was founded!
According to the legends, two brothers & demi-gods Romulus and Remus founded ancient Rome on April 21 753 BC. A fight ensued regarding the naming of the city, and Romulus killed his brother to name the city after himself.
13. William Shakespeare was born!
April 23, 1564, the golden standard for all English literature, Shakespeare, was born. It is impossible to determine the exact birthdate of the poet, but church record indicate that Wiliam was baptized on 26th and since it is a custom to baptize a child after 3 days of birth, we can say conclude that he was born on April 23.
14. Chernobyl disaster
The biggest nuclear reactor accident in history took place on April 26, 1986, at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant near Pripyat, Ukraine. The area around the disaster has been declared as uninhabitable for another 300 to 320 years!
15. Interesting traits of April borns
People born in the month of April as considered to be attractive, brave and outgoing. They can be a bit impatient but generally considered to be very affectionate and generous people. One other trait of April-borns is that they are always charged up and hyperactive!