Apr 2-8 2017 (week 14) infographic
Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries on each day for the week


On this day Apr 2-8 2017 (week 14)

By Fiona Roberts

April 2, 2017 - April 8, 2017 - This week features Red Rum winning his third Grand National, the appointment of Joseph Stalin as General Secretary of the Communist Party, the foundation of Moscow, the world’s longest suspension bridge in Japan, the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the first friction matches, and the discovery of a new species of early human ancestor.

April 2, 1977: Irish-bred horse Red Rum made racing history by winning his third Grand National, a record that still stands. He won it in 1973 and 1974 and was second in 1975 and 1976

April 3, 1922: In the Soviet Union Joseph Stalin (above right, with Lenin), was appointed General Secretary of the Communist Party, a post he held until his death in 1953

April 4, 1147: Yuri Dolgoruki (above) met with Sviatoslav Olgovich at a minor settlement called Moscow, leading to the foundation of Russia’s capital city on the site

April 5, 1998: The Akashi-Kaikyo suspension bridge, the world’s longest, was opened in Japan. It crosses the busy Akashi Strait linking the city of Kobe to Awaji Island

April 6, 1992: War broke out in Bosnia-Herzegovina after the European Community recognised it as an independent state. The three-year conflict claimed over 100,000 lives

April 7, 1827: English chemist John Walker sold the first friction matches, his own invention using a mixture of antimony sulphide, potassium chlorate, gum, and starch

April 8, 2010: Australopithecus sediba, a new species of early human ancestor, was discovered in South Africa. The two-million year-old fossils were found by a nine-year-old boy

PUBLISHED: 28/03/2017; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Newscom / Getty / Associated Press
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