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The week in history: April 1-7

Photos Logo Photos | Slide 1 of 36: Black and white calendar of the month of April with 1 circled

April 1, 1700: April Fool's Day becomes popular

English pranksters popularized the April Fool's tradition of playing practical jokes on each other on this day. Although its origin is debated, it is believed April Fools’ Day dates to 1582, when France moved from using the Julian calendar to the Gregorian one. Those who weren’t aware of the switch continued to celebrate the new year on April 1, thus becoming the target of jokes and being labeled “fools.”

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