Today in History, English
Today in History, English

44611April 17Death2015 – Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, Iraqi field marshal and politician (b. 1942)
44612April 17Death2015 – Francis George, American cardinal (b. 1937)
44613April 17Death2015 – Robert P. Griffin, American soldier, lawyer, and politician (b. 1923)
44614April 17Death2015 – Scotty Probasco, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1928)
44615April 17Death2015 – Jeremiah J. Rodell, American general (b. 1921)
44616April 17Death2015 – A. Alfred Taubman, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1924)
44617April 17Holiday and observanceChristian feast day:Benedict Joseph LabreKateri Tekakwitha (Canada)Stephen HardingApril 17 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
44618April 17Holiday and observanceEarliest day on which Store Bededag or General Prayer Day can fall, while May 13 is the latest observed on the 4th Friday after Easter. (Denmark)
44619April 17Holiday and observanceEvacuation Day, celebrates the recognition of the independence of Syria from France in 1946.
44620April 17Holiday and observanceFAO Day (Iraq)
44621April 17Holiday and observanceFlag Day (American Samoa)
44622April 17Holiday and observanceWomen's Day (Gabon)
44623April 17Holiday and observanceWorld Hemophilia Day (International observance)
44624April 18Event796 – King Æthelred I of Northumbria is murdered in Corbridge by a group led by his ealdormen, Ealdred and Wada. The patrician Osbald is placed on the throne, but is within 27 days abdicated.
44625April 18Event1025 – Bolesław Chrobry is crowned in Gniezno, becoming the first King of Poland.
44626April 18Event1506 – The cornerstone of the current St. Peter's Basilica is laid.
44627April 18Event1518 – Bona Sforza is crowned as queen consort of Poland.
44628April 18Event1521 – Trial of Martin Luther begins its second day during the assembly of the Diet of Worms. He refuses to recant his teachings despite the risk of excommunication.
44629April 18Event1689 – Bostonians rise up in rebellion against Sir Edmund Andros.
44630April 18Event1738 – Real Academia de la Historia ("Royal Academy of History") is founded in Madrid.
44631April 18Event1775 – American Revolution: The British advancement by sea begins Paul Revere and other riders warn the countryside of the troop movements.
44632April 18Event1797 – The Battle of Neuwied: French victory against the Austrians.
44633April 18Event1807 – The Harwich ferry disaster occurred near the North Sea port of Harwich on the Essex coast (England) in which 60-90 people drowned during the capsizing of a small ferry boat.
44634April 18Event1831 – The University of Alabama is founded.
44635April 18Event1848 – American victory at the battle of Cerro Gordo opens the way for invasion of Mexico.
44636April 18Event1857 – "The Spirits Book" by Allan Kardec is published, marking the birth of Spiritualism in France.
44637April 18Event1864 – Battle of Dybbøl: A Prussian-Austrian army defeats Denmark and gains control of Schleswig. Denmark surrenders the province in the following peace settlement.
44638April 18Event1880 – An F4 tornado strikes Marshfield, Missouri, killing 99 people and injuring 100.
44639April 18Event1897 – The Greco-Turkish War is declared between Greece and the Ottoman Empire.
44640April 18Event1899 – The St. Andrew's Ambulance Association is granted a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria.

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