On This Day in History, April 17

How well do you remember “Game of Thrones”? Did you know that on this day the “Game of Thrones”, premiered on HBO? I bet you didn’t!

Discover many interesting facts and occasions of April 17 in history. See below to find out what made the headlines!

  • 1875-Modern Snooker was invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain.
  • 1895-Treaty of Shimonoseki was signed, ending the First Sino-Japanese War.
  • 1927-An airship race scheduled from New York to Paris had been forced to reschedule due to injuries and problems with an engine on one of the airships.
  • 1932-A mob of western Kansas Farmers today lynched a man who admitted to killing an 8-year-old girl by hanging the man from a tree in Kansas.
  • 1950-America accused the Reds of shooting down a US Plane over the Baltic Sea in an unprovoked attack.
  • 1962-The Oral Polio Vaccine was developed by Albert Sabin.
  • 1969-The assassin of Robert Kennedy Sirhan B. Sirhan was found guilty of first-degree murder for assassinating Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
  • 1969-Bernadette Devlin, became Britain’s youngest ever female MP and the third-youngest MP ever.
  • 1973-Egypt showed plans to get involved in the Syria Israel War and warned it may fight alongside the Syrians if the Golan Heights becomes threatened.
  • 1974-Victoria Beckham was born on this day.
  • 1982-Proclamation of the Constitution Act by Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.
  • 1985-The US Government announced a campaign to increase awareness of Organ Donation.
  • 1986-John McCarthy, a British TV journalist, was abducted in the war-torn capital of Lebanon, Beirut.
  • 1999-A nail bomb, outside a busy supermarket in Brixton, injured dozens.
  • 2010-George Washington is said to have racked up $300,000 in late fees for failing to return two books to a Manhattan library.
  • 2011-“Game of Thrones”, premiered on HBO.
  • 2012-Europe’s oldest intact book (St. Cuthbert Gospel), was purchased by the British Library for 9 million pounds.
  • 2012-Shintaro Ishihara, of Tokyo, stated his plans to use public funds to buy a group of disputed islands.
  • 2013-New Zealand’s parliament voted in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage, thus becoming the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to do so.
  • 2014-Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a Spanish-language author from Colombia, died on this day at the age of 87.

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