On this day: April 1

POSTED: 09:55 AM PDT Mar 28, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Mar 31, 2016 

The ruins of Pompeii are discovered, Apple Computer starts up, Marvin Gaye is shot and killed by his father, and U.S. Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch is rescued from Iraq, all on this day.

OTD April 1 - Sidd Finch
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Courtesy of Sports Illustrated

1985: The April 1 issue of Sports Illustrated contains a story by George Plimpton profiling a 28-year-old "eccentric mystic" who supposedly was quietly training with the New York Mets and who could throw a 168 mph pitch with accuracy. Hayden Sidd Finch was a former English orphan, a one-time Harvard student who learned to throw in Tibet -- and completely the fictitious imagining of Plimpton. The first letter of each wording in the story's sub-headline spelled out "H-a-p-p-y A-p-r-i-l F-o-o-l-s D-a-y — A-h F-i-b." The magazine printed a much smaller article in the following April 8 issue announcing Finch's retirement. It then announced it was a hoax on April 15.


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