334 BC: Alexander the Great crosses the Hellespont and begins his campaign in the East.

1822: With their letter to the Ministry (Ministry) of the Economy, the workers of the Administration Printing Office (Government Newspaper we would say today) are asking for a few grand “Because the Easter holidays have arrived and we want to buy another pair of shoes, some socks and some other things, therefore we ask the Ministry to give us a few grands to spend these festive days, meeting our needs”. It is the first reference to the Easter gift.

1849: Richard Wagner conducts Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in Dresden. Among the listeners is the pope of Anarchism, Mikhail Bakunin, who, congratulating conductor Wagner after the concert, tells him: “Even if all things are destroyed in the future, this work of art must remain intact, even at the risk of of our lives”.

1955: In Cyprus, EOKA begins the armed struggle against English rule.

1957: An April Fool’s prank in England, which will leave an era. BBC news presenter Richard Dimbleby presents a visual report on the spring spaghetti harvest in Italy and it’s believable!

1976: Steven Wozniak and Steven Jobs found Apple Computers and revolutionized the field of computing with the creation of the first personal computer ‘Apple I’.


1755: Jean-Adelme Brillard-Savarin, French lawyer, judge, politician and author of the famous eight-volume book on gastronomy “The Physiology of Taste” (“Physiologie du Goût”). (D. 5/5/1789)

1815: Otto von Bismarck, German politician, who united Germany and served as its chancellor for 24 years. (D. 30/7/1898)

1902: Maria Polydouri, Greek poet from Kalamata, also known for her relationship with her colleague Kostas Karyotakis. (D. 29/4/1930)


1917: Scott Joplin, the so-called “King of Ragtime”, black American composer. (Born 24/11/1868)

2002: Simo Heihe, famous Finnish sniper, also known by the nickname “white death”, hero of the Russo-Finnish war of 1939. (Born 17/12/1905)

2017: Yevgeny Geftusenko, Russian poet. (Born 18/7/1932)