"The first of April, some do say,
Is set apart for All Fools' Day
But why the people call it so,
Nor I, nor they themselves do know
But on this day are people sent
On purpose for pure merriment."
Poor Robin's Almanac 1790
JFK PROPOSED COMMISSION TO "TAKE A BITE OUT OF CRIME"
Dodgeville, Wisconsin (JFK+50) Senator John F. Kennedy, campaigning for President fifty four years ago today here in Dodgeville, warned of a...
"powerful....dangerous and growing...organized criminal syndicate operating in America."
JFK called for the establishment of a permanent "National Crime Commission" which would "investigate and gather information" about underworld activities and report it to local authorities.
JFK SENDS MESSAGE TO ASIAN EDUCATION MINISTERS
Tokyo, Japan (JFK+50) President John F. Kennedy sent a message 53 years ago today, April 1, 1961, to Asian education ministers meeting here in Tokyo.
He said in the message that Americans,,,
"share (your) vision of the revolutionary role which education can play in building strong, free and independent nations."
SOVIET TROOPS STOP TRAINS IN BERLIN
Berlin (JFK+50) Troops of the Soviet Union stopped US military trains 66 years ago today, April 1, 1948, that were traveling through the Russian zone of occupation here in Berlin.
Cold War tensions were high as this occupied city of Germany was divided into British, American, Russian and French zones of occupation.
The Soviets later attempted, unsuccessfully, to blockade the free section of Berlin which was surrounded by communist territory in June 1948.
HITLER SENT TO PRISON 90 YEARS AGO TODAY
Landsberg, Germany (JFK+50) It was no April Fools Day joke for the future Fuhrer of Nazi Germany when 90 years ago today, April 1, 1924, Adolf Hitler was arrested and sentenced to prison here in Landsberg for his role in the unsuccessful "Beer Hall Putsch".
The attempt to take over the government failed and Hitler would pay the price for treason.
The prison stay was brief, however, for such a major crime. Hitler was released after nine months.
It was during his prison stay that Hitler wrote "Mein Kampf."