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On This Day in History for April 17 (Part 2)

Events in History


Historic PublicationSt. Cuthbert Gospel

2012 The 8th century St. Cuthbert Gospel, Europe's oldest intact book, is purchased by the British Library for 9 million pounds

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The St. Cuthbert Gospel cover and the first page of text
The St. Cuthbert Gospel cover and the first page of text
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  • 2013 5 people are killed in Wana, Pakistan, by a United States drone attack
  • 2013 15 people are killed and 100 are injured after a fertilizer plant explodes in West, Texas
  • 2013 North Korea blocks a South Korean supply delegation from the Kaesong joint industrial zone
  • 2013 Same-sex marriage is legalized in New Zealand
  • 2014 Abdelaziz Bouteflika wins a fourth term as President of Algeria
  • 2017 1st living giant shipworm at 3 ft found in the Philippines, really a type of clam
  • 2018 Former F.B.I. director James Comey publishes his political autobiography “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership”
  • 2018 Protests across India at the rape and murder of an 8-year old Muslim girl in Kathua, Bengalu
  • 2019 Research showing pigs brains partially brought back to life at Yale University, published in "Nature"
  • 2019 Terror alert closes schools in Denver, Colorado, due to 18 year-old woman obsessed with Columbine massacre, who is then found dead
  • 2019 10 babies with "bubble boy disease" cured using a gene therapy made from HIV at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, according to new study
  • 2020 WHO warns Africa could be next epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, with over 300,000 deaths, pushing 30 million into poverty as it records nearly 1000 deaths and 19,000 cases to date
  • 2021 Global COVID-19 death toll passes three million (Johns Hopkins University figures)
  • 2021 Canada registers more new daily COVID-19 cases than the US for the first time as infections surge in Ontario [1]

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2021 Funeral of Prince Philip, consort to Queen Elizabeth II, held under COVID-19 restrictions at Windsor Palace, England

Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip
Duke of Edinburgh
Prince Philip
Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II

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