Here in the 21st century, April Fools’ Day is a pretty harmless holiday. Brands trot out their fake products and news organizations make silly claims and then we all go about our day. But back in the 19th century, April Fools’ Day could be pretty brutal. In fact, it could be downright dangerous.
Source: Gizmodo – The Horrific April Fools’ Pranks of the 19th Century