Insights From The History Factory

Bruce Weindruch

Company Foundings on April 1: Prank or Practicality?

It’s April 1, 1891. Twenty-nine-year-old William Wrigley Jr. founds his namesake company in Chicago. Was the April Fool’s Day date a coincidence, or an indication of Wrigley’s sense of humor? Perhaps there’s another reason why Wrigley and so many other American companies, including Apple, share an April 1 founding date.…