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April 17: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on April 17

April 17th is officially Blah Blah Blah Day and Haiku Day.

We are now on day 107 out of 365, and have 258 days left of the year.

Those of you who were born on April 17 share the Aries star sign.

Conspiracy, slavery, exiles, and assassinations… are you intrigued yet? Well, you should be as you’re about to dig up the details right here as we discover what events happened on this day in history.

Did you know that on this day in 2011, Game of Thrones was aired for the first time on HBO? This was also lead actor Sean Bean’s birthday.

Keep reading for more facts about April 17th in history!

What Happened On April 17 In History?

2021

The Johns Hopkins University announced that the number of people who died worldwide due to the Covid-19 pandemic had reached three million.

Source CNN
2019

Eight babies suffering with “bubble boy disease” were cured in Memphis, Tennessee using gene therapy.

OTD in 2019: Eight babies suffering with "bubble boy disease" were cured in Memphis
Bubble Boy Disease is when a child has such a weak immune system, that common, everyday bacteria and other microbes become deadly to them. So in order for them to survive, they must spend their entire lives in a bubble.
2011

Game of Thrones was aired for the first time on HBO.

2011

The movie “Thor” premiered in cinemas in Sydney, Australia.

It was released in the United States on May 6, and earned $449.3 million USD worldwide.
2007

Jazz composer and musician John Coltrane received the Special Citation Pulitzer Prize after his death.

1973

FedEx officially began its operations and flew 186 packages to 25 cities on the East Coast, US.

OTD in 1973: FedEx officially began its operations and flew 186 packages to 25 cities on the East Coast
Source FedEx
1969

Sirhan Sirhan was convicted of killing US Senator Robert F. Kennedy.

The Palestinian immigrant was sentenced to death by gas chamber.
1961

1,400 Cuban exiles failed to overthrow Fidel Castro after landing in Bay of Pigs on the south coast of Cuba.

1932

Slavery in Ethiopia came to an end thanks to Emperor Haile Selassie.

1865

American boarding house owner, Mary Surratt was arrested for taking part in President Lincoln’s assassination.

Surratt was later hanged for her crime, becoming the first woman to be executed by the US government.
1492

Explorer Christopher Columbus was given funding for his first journey.

He signed the contract in Santa Fe near Granada, Spain and set sail to find the Indies on August 3.