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Topics in Chronicling America - April Fools' Day

"The first of April some do say, Was set apart for All Fools' Day: But why the people call it so, Nor I nor they themselves do know" begins the article in the San Francisco Call on April 1, 1900, which discusses the history and customs of "April Fool's Day," also known as "All Fools' Day." Read more about it!

The information and sample article links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in the Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/). Use the Suggested Search Terms and Dates to explore this topic further in Chronicling America.


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Important Dates:

  • April 1. April Fools’ Day celebrated by sending people on fruitless errands, giving inedible treats, and other pranks.

Suggested Search Strategies:

  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] April Fool, All Fools’ Day, prank, April 1
  • It is important to use a specific date range if looking for articles for a particular event in order to narrow your results.

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