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It's April 1st - No Fooling! Trivia Quiz


April 1st has been a busy day throughout history, with births, deaths, military campaigns - and even an earthquake! Here are just ten of those historic events - events that were certainly not jokes.

A multiple-choice quiz by beergirllaura. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Time
4 mins
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Multiple Choice
Quiz #
358,272
Updated
Dec 03 21
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10
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Question 1 of 10
1. On April 1st, 1873, the British steamer RMS Atlantic sank, killing 547. After failing to spot the Sambro Island Lighthouse, the steamer hit an underwater rock near Meagher's Island - in which Canadian province? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. On April 1st, 1917 the man nicknamed 'The King of Ragtime" passed away at the relatively young age of 49. While he did not make a single audio recording, his compositions were spirited and exhilarating and found their way into the repertoires of a number of different artists. Who was this piano-playing African-American composer? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Broadcast in 1957 on the BBC, the spaghetti tree hoax sparked interest about a family harvesting spaghetti from a tree in which country? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. On April 1st, 1976, Max Ernst, a German sculptor, poet and painter died.


Question 5 of 10
5. On April 1st, 1976, Apple Inc. was formed by Ronald Wayne, Steve Jobs, and which other man? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. On April 1st, 1984, an American singer-songwriter and musician died. He was not asking what's going on when he was shot - rather, he was sitting on his bed saying he heard it through the grapevine. Who was this talented man? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. On April 1st, 1999, the northernmost territory of Canada was formally established. With the capital of Iqaluit, which territory is this? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. The UK law-enforcement agency, Serious Organised Crime Agency, was established on 1st April 2006.


Question 9 of 10
9. On April 1st, 2010, the actor who portrayed an unseen millionaire passed away. He may or may not be with the angels, although if he is, which actor will probably feel very much at home? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. The first written reference to April 1st silliness can be found in which 14th century poet's work? Hint



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1. On April 1st, 1873, the British steamer RMS Atlantic sank, killing 547. After failing to spot the Sambro Island Lighthouse, the steamer hit an underwater rock near Meagher's Island - in which Canadian province?

Answer: Nova Scotia

The RMS Atlantic, owned by the White Star Line, had her maiden voyage in 1871, and met with disaster on her 19th voyage. Crossing from Liverpool to New York City, the liner was heading for Halifax to take on more coal, but due to stormy conditions, the ship went off course. Following the collision with the rock, the lifeboats were all lost or destroyed, the liner went over on its side and the passengers and crew were forced to find a way to shore. Of the passengers and crew, 371 people survived, and at least 535 perished. Out of the 345 women and children aboard, only one child survived. The White Star Line also lost the RMS Tayleur, the RMS Republic, the SS Naronic - and of course, the RMS Titanic.

In 1934 White Star Line and Cunard Line merged, and by 1949 Cunard owned all of White Star.
2. On April 1st, 1917 the man nicknamed 'The King of Ragtime" passed away at the relatively young age of 49. While he did not make a single audio recording, his compositions were spirited and exhilarating and found their way into the repertoires of a number of different artists. Who was this piano-playing African-American composer?

Answer: Scott Joplin

An innovator of the style come to be known as ragtime, Scott Joplin brought together elements from classical music, folk melodies and the rhythmic music of African-Americans. His creations earned him a high degree of fame, and a steady but small income, but ragtime's popularity waned by 1918, and his compositions were relegated to history. With jazz replacing ragtime in popularity, ragtime occasionally regained acclaim as part of such bands' repertoires, but such revivals were often short lived. In the 1970s, however, Scott Joplin's compositions found a new and appreciative audience, due at least in part to several of his compositions being included in 1973's award-winning film, "The Sting".

In 1976, he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his contributions to American music. And, in 1989 he was given a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.

His 1899 hit, "Maple Leaf Rag", is still a popular piece among ragtime pianists and enthusiasts.
3. Broadcast in 1957 on the BBC, the spaghetti tree hoax sparked interest about a family harvesting spaghetti from a tree in which country?

Answer: Switzerland

Broadcast during a segment of the television series "Panorama" on April 1st, 1957, the three-minute hoax was thought up by Charles de Jaeger, a cameraman for the show. At the time, spaghetti was not well-known in England, and the report generated hundreds of calls - with some denying the possibility that the story was true, some wondering if the story was true, and some inquiring where such a tree could be obtained. First aired in 1953, "Panorama", a current affairs documentary show, is the longest-running series of its kind.

The show's format of investigative journalism, and the credibility of the presenter (Richard Dimbleby) lent weight to the joke, making it one of the biggest hoaxes ever pulled off by a reputable agency.
4. On April 1st, 1976, Max Ernst, a German sculptor, poet and painter died.

Answer: True

Born in 1891 in Germany, Max Ernst developed two lifelong traits at an early age. His father's strictness and amateur involvement in painting, seemed to influence both Max's defiance of authority and his interest in art. His artistic efforts, interrupted by his service in World War I, included painting, sculpting and writing.

A leader of the avant-garde art movement known as Dada, he created two new graphic art techniques - frottage, which entailed laying paper over a surface and rubbing it with a pencil, and grattage, which used a paint-scraping method instead of pencil-rubbing.
5. On April 1st, 1976, Apple Inc. was formed by Ronald Wayne, Steve Jobs, and which other man?

Answer: Steve Wozniak

Steve Wozniak first met Steve Jobs in 1970, and along with Ronald Wayne, they founded Apple Computers in 1976. Within just a couple weeks of Apple's founding, Wayne sold his stock in the company. In 1985, he was awarded the National Medal of Technology, and in 2000, he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

The recipient of a number of awards, he has been awarded honorary degrees from several universities. While Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs were never great friends, they did stay in touch throughout the years, until Jobs' death in 2011. And, while Wozniak ended his regular employment with Apple Inc. in 1987, he retained his position as a shareholder.
6. On April 1st, 1984, an American singer-songwriter and musician died. He was not asking what's going on when he was shot - rather, he was sitting on his bed saying he heard it through the grapevine. Who was this talented man?

Answer: Marvin Gaye

One of Motown's biggest stars in the 1960s and '70s, Marvin Gaye had a number of hits, including 1964's "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)" and 1973's "Let's Get It On". He had 41 songs in the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and 60 in the top 40 on the R&B charts.

While he garnered accolades and awards during his life, he was also honored posthumously with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Following a business-related argument with his parents, Gaye was shot twice by his father, and pronounced dead at the hospital approximately an hour and a half after the shooting.

His father agreed to a plea bargain with the court for manslaughter, and was sentenced to a suspended sentence of 6 years and 5 years of probation.
7. On April 1st, 1999, the northernmost territory of Canada was formally established. With the capital of Iqaluit, which territory is this?

Answer: Nunavut

Nunavut is not only Canada's northernmost territory, it is also the largest, and contains most of the Arctic Islands. Formerly part of the Northwest Territories, Nunavut is Canada's least populated territory, and it is one of the world's least-populated and remotest areas. With a total area of 787,155 square miles, it is just smaller than Saudi Arabia, and just larger than Mexico, and has a population of approximately 32,000.

The territory is also home to the community of Alert, the world's northernmost permanently populated area. Alert is just 508 miles from the North Pole. Iqaluit is located on Baffin Island, which is the world's fifth largest island.

The capital was formerly called Frobisher Bay, with the name change occurring on January 1st, 1987, replacing the name with what the Inuits had always called the city - Iqaluit, which means 'place of many fish'.
8. The UK law-enforcement agency, Serious Organised Crime Agency, was established on 1st April 2006.

Answer: True

The Serious Organized Crime Agency, also known as SOCA, came into being through the merger of several other agencies, including the National Criminal Intelligence Service and the National Crime Squad. A national agency, it has jurisdiction in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. SOCA works with both local and foreign law enforcement bodies, and is headquartered in Victoria - a district in central London.

Some members of the media have given SOCA the nickname of 'The British FBI'.
9. On April 1st, 2010, the actor who portrayed an unseen millionaire passed away. He may or may not be with the angels, although if he is, which actor will probably feel very much at home?

Answer: John Forsythe

In a career which spanned more than six decades, John Forsythe performed on film, stage and television. He became an actor somewhat reluctantly, being urged to do so by his father, and while his sole award was a Golden Globe in 1984, he was a popular and charismatic actor.

In between movie roles and television guest appearances, he starred from 1957 - 1962 in the television series "Bachelor Father", from 1976 - 1981 in "Charlie's Angels", and from 1981 - 1989 in "Dynasty". On the series "Charlie's Angels", Forsythe played the part of Charles Townsend, a millionaire owner of a private investigation agency.

He directs his investigators - his Angels - by way of phone, and through a liaison, but he never directly appears on screen. He portrayed Charlie Townsend again in the films "Charlie's Angels" (2000) and "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" (2003).

The 2003 role was his final film 'appearance'.
10. The first written reference to April 1st silliness can be found in which 14th century poet's work?

Answer: Geoffrey Chaucer

In 1392 Geoffrey Chaucer wrote of April 1st in "The Nun's Priest's Tale" - from "The Canterbury Tales" - with the fox and rooster tricking each other. While there is some debate over whether the date was misinterpreted or not, April Fools' Day, also known as All Fools Day, is 'celebrated' in a number of countries with silly pranks and jokes.

Some countries have their own 'traditional' jokes, such as France, where pranksters attempt to attach a paper fish to a person's back without being caught. Or Belgium, where children lock their parents out of a room, only allowing them back in if they promise to bring them a treat.
Source: Author beergirllaura

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