There’s three sides to every story: there’s the history you were taught in school, the history the revisionist dig up and the truth.

Wednesday April 1st

1578: William Harvey (PARL 1578-1657) physician to both James I & Charles I who discovered the circulatory system.

1789: House of Representatives holds its first full meeting in New York City.

1815: Otto von Bismarck (TRAN 1815-1898) Chancellor of German Empire (1871-90).

1826: Samuel Morey patents the internal combustion engine.

1835: James Fisk, Jr. (GILD 1835-72) financier who with Jay Gould took control of the Erie Railroad away from Cornelius Vanderbilt.

1841: Brooks Farm is founded.

1853: Cincinnati organizes the nation’s first fully paid professional fire department.

1867: Dr. Joseph Lister performs the first antiseptic surgery.

1873: Sergei Rachmaninoff (MISS 1873-1943) Russian composer.

1885: Wallace Beery (LOST 1885-1949) actor The Lost World (1925), The Champ (1931), Tugboat Annie (1934), Treasure Island (1934).

1889: First commercial dishwasher is introduced.

1890: Belgian-American inventor Charles Van Depoele patents the electric trolley car.

1901: Whittaker Chambers (GI 1901-61) Soviet spy who defected in 1938 and exposed Alger Hiss.

1918: British Royal Air Force is established.

1922: William Manchester (GI 1922-2004) historian The Death of a President (1967), The Glory and the Dream (1974), American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur (1978), A World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance (1992).

1924: Adolf Hitler is sentenced to five years in jail for his part in the Beer Hall Putsch, during which he writes Mein Kampf.

1932: Debbie Reynolds (SIL 1932- ) actress Singin’ in the Rain (1952), The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (1953), Tammy and the Bachelor (1957), The Singing Nun (1966).

1933: Nazi Germany begins boycott of Jewish-owned businesses.

1939: Spanish Civil War ends and the United States immediately recognizes the Franco government.

1939: Ali MacGraw (SIL 1939- ) actress Goodbye, Columbus (1969), Love Story (1970), The Getaway (1972), Convoy (1978).

1948: Alpher, Bethe and Gamow’s letter to Physical Review on the Big Bang Theory.

1963: General Hospital premiers on ABC.

1973: Rachel Maddow (13th 1973- ) Political commentator The Rachel Maddow Show (2008- ), Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power (2012).

1976: Apple computer is founded.

1988: Beetlejuice is released.

2012: Aung San Suu Kyi wins a seat in the Burmese Parliament.