On This Date: April 1st

In Pop Culture:
1778 - Oliver Pollack created the dollar sign ($)

1946 - Weight Watchers was started

1954 - the Air Force Academy was created

1961 - Jim Bakker and Tammy Faye wed

1963 - General Hospital debuted on daytime television

1967 - The Country Music Hall of Fame opened in Nashville

In Music:
1956 - Elvis Presley was given a screen test at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, acting the role of Jimmy Curry in a scene from 'The Rainmaker.'

1966 - The Troggs recorded 'Wild Thing' at Regent Sound Studio in London. The song went on to be a No.1 US and No.2 UK hit in June the following year. The track was recorded in one complete take (take two).

1970 - As an April Fool's joke, John Lennon and Yoko Ono issued a statement to the press that they were having dual sex change operations.

In Sports:
1978 - Mike Bossy (New York Islanders) became the first NHL rookie to score 50 goals in a season.

1983 - Mike Bossy (New York Islanders) became the first National Hockey League (NHL) player to score 60 goals in 3 consecutive seasons.

1992 - Players began the first strike in the 75-year history of the National Hockey League (NHL).

1996 - U.S. President Bill Clinton threw out the first ball preceding a game between the Kansas City Royals and the Baltimore Orioles.

1996 - Baseball umpire John McSherry died after collapsing during a game between the Cincinnati Reds and Montreal Expos.

Article Added: 2014-04-01

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