Today is Thursday, April 1, the 91st day of 2010. There are 274 days left in the year. This is April Fools’ Day.
On April 1, 1960, the first true weather satellite, TIROS-1, was launched from Cape Canaveral. (TIROS stood for “Television Infrared Observation Satellite.”)
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In 1853, Cincinnati, Ohio, established a fire department made up of paid city employees.
In 1918, the Royal Air Force was established in Britain.
In 1933, Nazi Germany began persecuting Jews with a boycott of Jewish-owned businesses.
In 1939, the United States recognized the government of Gen. Francisco Franco in Spain, the same day Franco went on radio to declare victory in the Spanish Civil War.
In 1945, American forces launched the amphibious invasion of Okinawa during World War II.
In 1946, tidal waves struck the Hawaiian islands, resulting in more than 170 deaths.