This Day in History: April 1

Nunavut: flag

1999 – Creation of Nunavut. Created this day in 1999 by carving a vast region from Canada‘s Northwest Territories, the Canadian territory of Nunavut stretches across much of the Canadian Arctic and encompasses the traditional lands of the Inuit.

Musicians playing at the Feast of Fools in Torrechiara, Italy.

April Fools’ Day, celebrated today with joking relationships and practical jokes, may have grown out of the medieval Feast of Fools, which was held on January 1.

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2004 – Google launched Gmail, and five years later the number of people using the e-mail service surpassed one billion.


2001 – The Netherlands became the first country to grant equal marriage rights to same-sex couples.

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