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Born April 1st
1883: Lon Chaney, film actor.
1883: William Manchester, U.S. historian and biographer.
1895: Alberta Hunter, blues singer.
1919: Joseph E. Murray, transplant physician.
1929: Milan Kundera, Czech writer (The Farewell Party, The Unbearable Lightness of Being).
April 1st
in history
1945: U.S. forces launch invasion of Okinawa.
1946: A miner's strike in the U.S. idles 400,000 workers.
1948: The Berlin Airlift begins, relieving the surrounded city from the Soviet siege.
1951: United Nations forces again move northward across the 38th Parallel in Korea.
1954: The U.S. Air Force Academy is founded in Colorado.