On This Day: What happened on 17 April?

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.

1923 | Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia put an end to the slave trade.

1954 | The Federation of South African Women (FEDSAW) is founded by Rachel (Ray) Alexander Simons and Hilda Bernstein.

1969 | Christiaan Barnard performed a heart transplant on Dorothy Fischer. She became the first female in South Africa to undergo such a procedure and she lived for 12 years after the operation.

2019 | The biggest blue diamond was unveiled in Botswana. It is believed the stone was formed over 500 million years ago and it is one of the rarest in the world.

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DEATHS

2012 | South African-Namibian cricketer, Louis Vorster (45)

2013 | Tanzanian-Zanzibari Taarab singer, Bi Kidude (100)

2019 | Nigerian ruler of Olowo of Owo, Folagbade Olateru Olagbegi III (77)

2020 | Nigerian Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari (67)

BIRTHDAYS

1973 | South African jazz pianist, Moses Taiwa Molelekwa

1978 | South African Rugby player, Hanyani Shimange

1982 | South African film and theatre actor, Mzwandile Ngubeni

1987 | South African football player, Janine van Wyk

1988 | South African football player, Samuel Tiyani Mabunda

SPORT

2005 | Martin Lel a Kenyan athlete wins the London’s marathon Men’s race in 2 hours, 7 minutes, 26 seconds.

2007 | South Africa defeated England by 9 wickets at Cricket World Cup Super Eights.

ENTERTAINMENT

2011 | ‘Thor’, starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Idris Elba is released.

2011 | ‘Game of Thrones’, starring Emilia Clarke is released.

 

AFRICA FACT

Western Sahara has a very small population and is mostly desert flatlands.

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Presh JM Reporter

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