April Fools day
Poet and Restoration rake, John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, (A Satyr Against Reason and Mankind) born in Ditchley, Oxfordshire, England.
Charles Dickens' novel Hard Times begins serialisation in his weekly magazine - Household Words.
Playwright Edmond Rostand (Cyrano de Bergerac) born in Marseilles, France.
Russian composer, pianist, and conductor Sergei Rachmaninoff born in Semyonovo, Russia.
Actor Lon Chaney (Man of a Thousand Faces) born in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Historian William Manchester (The Death of a President) born in Attleboro, Massachusetts.
Writer Milan Kundera (The Unbearable Lightness of Being) born in Brno, Czechoslovakia.
American Motors introduces the Gremlin.
Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded the Apple Computer Company.
Singer Marvin Gaye is killed by a gunshot wound during an argument with his father in Los Angeles.
Comet Hale–Bopp reaches the periheion or the point of least distance from the sun.
Google launchs Gmail - an email service.
Today from Chamber's Book of Days
French Republican Calendar
Germinal 12 Charme