On this day

French race car driver, Romain Grosjean celebrates his birthday on this day. Image: Wikimedia Commons

On This Day: What happened on 17 April?

We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today.

On this day

French race car driver, Romain Grosjean celebrates his birthday on this day. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 17 April, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 17 APRIL

2019 | A tourist bus overturned on the Portuguese island of Madeira, and 29 German passengers were killed.

2013 | An explosion at a fertilizer plant in the city of West, Texas, killed 15 people and 160 others were injured.

2006 | A Palestinian suicide bomber detonated an explosive device in a Tel Aviv restaurant, 11 people were killed and 70 were wounded on this day.

1978 | Mir Akbar Khyber was assassinated and provoked a communist coup d’état in Afghanistan.

1975 | The Cambodian Civil War ended when the Khmer Rouge captured the capital Phnom Penh and Cambodian government forces surrendered.

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BIRTHDAYS 

1982 | Canadian ice hockey player, Chuck Kobasew.

1986 | French race car driver, Romain Grosjean.

1983 | Russian ice hockey player, Stanislav Chistov.

1923 | Italian lyric tenor, Gianni Raimondi, died in 2008.

1960 | Russian pole vaulter, Vladimir Polyakov.

ON THIS DAY: DEATHS

2015 | American businessman and philanthropist, Scotty Probasco, 87.

1998 | American photographer, activist, and musician, Linda McCartney, 57.

1942 | French-American physicist and chemist, Nobel Prize laureate, Jean Baptiste Perrin, 72.

2006 | American actor, Henderson Forsythe, 89.

1680 | Mohawk-born Native American saint, Kateri Tekakwitha, 24.

SPORTS

1937 | On this day, Europe’s attendance record for a  football match of 149 415 when Scotland beat England 3-1 at Hampden Park in a Home Championship match.

ENTERTAINMENT

2015 | On this day, “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” was released in the United States by Columbia Pictures.

AFRICA FACT

The only country in Africa that has never been ruled by European colonists is Ethiopia.