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 - Jupiter hoax
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1976: British astronomer Patrick Moore broadcasts his Jovian–Plutonian gravitational effect hoax on BBC Radio 2. Moore told his listeners that as Pluto passed behind Jupiter at 9:47 a.m. that day, it would briefly cause a powerful combination of the two planets' gravitation which would noticeably decrease gravity on Earth. If listeners were to jump into the air at that exact moment, he said, they would find they felt a floating sensation. Soon after 9:47 a.m., the BBC began to receive hundreds of telephone calls from people reporting they had observed the decrease in gravity and the story was quickly revealed as an April Fools' Day prank.


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