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The International Internet Organization announced this morning that they will be shutting down the internet today for 12 hours for maintenance. Today is April 1, notable in many countries for being April Fools' Day. The earliest recorded association between April 1 and foolishness can be found in Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales (1392). On this date in history: 1826 - Samuel Morey patented the internal combustion engine. 1957 - The BBC broadcasts the spaghetti tree hoax on its current affairs program Panorama. 1960 - The first weather satellite, TIROS-1, was launched from Cape Canaveral and transmitted the first television picture from space. 1976 - Apple Computer was founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne. 2004 - Google announced Gmail to the public. Today's birthdays: William Harvey (1578), the English physician who developed the theory of blood circulation. Sophie Germain (1776), French mathematician, physicist, and philosopher. Sydney Newman (1917), the Canadian screenwriter and producer who co-created Doctor Who. (59 articles)
created April 01, 2015
updated April 01, 2015