Birthdays of Monday, April 1
Actress Jane Powell is 85. Actress Debbie Reynolds is 81. Country singer Jim Ed Brown is 79. Actor Don Hastings is 79. Actress Ali MacGraw is 75. Rhythm-and-blues singer Rudolph Isley is 74. Reggae singer Jimmy Cliff is 65. Movie director Barry Sonnenfeld is 60. Singer Susan Boyle is 52. Country singer Woody Lee is 45. Actress Jessica Collins is 42. Political commentator Rachel Maddow is 40. Actor Matt Lanter is 30. Actor Josh Zuckerman is 28. Country singer Hillary Scott (Lady Antebellum) is 27.
On April 1 in
1789 The U.S. House of Representatives held its first full meeting in New York; Frederick Muhlenberg of Pennsylvania was elected the first House speaker.
1933 Nazi Germany staged a daylong national boycott of Jewish-owned businesses.
1962 The Katherine Anne Porter novel Ship of Fools, an allegory about the rise of Nazism in Germany, was published by Little, Brown & Co. on April Fool's Day.
1963 New York City's daily newspapers resumed publishing after settlement was reached in a 114-day strike.
1972 The first Major League Baseball players' strike began; it lasted 12 days.
1976 Apple Computer was founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne.
This is April Fool's Day. No, seriously. It really is.
In The Star
April 1, 1938, in The Star: The Lengel-Fencil Hosiery Mill, which made a big deal of closing up and leaving town last summer (June 2) after 178 employees went on strike, today was called out by the National Labor Relations Board for engaging in unfair labor practices. The NLRB ordered the company to reinstate the employees if it resumes production here or anywhere else. The order also imposed collective bargaining with the American Federation of Hosiery Workers when the Anniston plant reopens. Also this date: Funeral services for Robert Sawyer Meigs, age 33, who died yesterday at the home of his brother, Dr. James H. Meigs of 1209 Glenwood Terrace, were conducted this afternoon by Dr. Melton Clark. Mr. Meigs, a schoolteacher and a native of Albertville, came to Anniston in 1918. Death came after an illness of about four months. Survivors include his wife and their son. Additionally: According to Mrs. C. H. Thrasher, an Alabama prison inspector, conditions at the Calhoun County jail are deplorable and disgraceful, while those at the Anniston city jail are respectable and worthy of emulation. Mrs. Thrasher said the county jail is holding 45 inmates in a space designed to hold only 25. “There isn’t a sheet or pillowcase on the beds there, and evidently no provision has been made to secure either. Dirt and unspeakable lack of sanitation is everywhere,” Mrs. Thrasher states in her report, which also criticizes the inability of county jail personnel to separate the hard-core adult offender from juveniles or from people who are guilty of nothing more than a traffic offense. On the other hand, Mrs. Thrasher compliments Mayor Coleman of Anniston for running a “clean” jail where the food is “wholesome and sanitary.” Indeed, Anniston’s is one of the best run and cleanest jails in the state, she declares.
April 1, 1988, in The Star: Lineville High School students rallied on the steps of the school's gym yesterday, with many participants wearing handwritten notes declaring “Easley stays or nobody plays.” Several students held cardboard signs. The subject of their protest was the school’s football coach and athletic director whom many hold in high regard, David Easley. The school’s board of trustees recently voted 2-0 against renewing Easley’s contract; Lineville principal Charles Lee told the trustees they should fire Easley because he lives outside Lineville city limits and because he doesn’t keep the gym neat enough, according to trustee Harold Griffin, who supports Easley. The student protesters said the dismissal was a poor reward for the coach who was hired only weeks before the football season began and then led the Aggies to an 8-3 season and a berth in the state playoffs. Several said the coach had been willing to help them with their academics as well as athletics. “He let us go into his office and study and helped us study when we got bad grades,” said freshman football player Johnny Hamlin. Principal Lee said the student opposition would not affect his decision. “I've been in education for 30 years, and I'm supposed to listen to students who've been in school less than 12 years and have them tell me what to do?” The school board will decide Easley's fate at a meeting planned for 5:30 p.m. April 28 in the board offices.