1st APRiL ~ HISTORY ON THIS DAY

April 1st ~ This Day in History video by History.com ~1700 : April Fools tradition popularized: English pranksters begin popularizing the annual tradition of April Fools’ Day by playing practical jokes on each other on the 1st April 1700.  April Fool’s Day was also known as All Fools’ Day, and celebrated for several centuries by different cultures, but its exact origins remain a mystery. Some historians speculate that April Fools’ Day dates back to 1582, when France switched to the Gregorian calendar, from the Julian calendar, as called for by the Council of Trent in 1563. People who were too slow to get the news and fail to recognize that the start of the new year had moved to the 1st January and continued to celebrate it during the last week of March through April 1 became the butt of jokes and hoaxes. These included having paper fish placed on their backs and being referred to as “poisson d’avril” (April fish), which is said to symbolize a young, easily caught fish and a gullible person.| & more about history on this day in the video…