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On this day in history April 30 - May 6, 2017

By Fiona Roberts

April 30, 2017 - May 6, 2017 - This week features the destruction of embargoed ivory, the union of England and Scotland, the surprise victory of Leicester City in English Premier League, a major fire in Fort McMurray Canada, Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty in China, the first human liver transplant, and the Hindenburg disaster.

April 30, 2016: Kenyan authorities burned $172m worth of contraband ivory to combat illegal trade. The haul comprised 105 tons of elephant tusks and 1.35 tons of rhino horns

May 1, 1707: England and Scotland were united as Great Britain. Scottish Nationalists are now arguing for a new referendum on independence following the Brexit vote

May 2, 2016: In a huge sporting upset, lowly Leicester City won the English Premier League for the first time, overturning odds of 5,000-1 at the start of the season

May 3, 2016: A massive wildfire in Canada forced the evacuation of the entire 88,000-strong population of the city of Fort McMurray. Over 2,500 buildings were destroyed

May 4, 1654: Kangxi, who ruled as emperor of China for 61 years, was born. Under his reign the Qing Dynasty reached the zenith of its social, economic and military power

May 5, 1963: U.S. physician Thomas Starzl carried out the first human liver transplant in Denver, Colorado. The patient survived for 22 days. Dr Starzl died earlier this year

May 6, 1937: Germany’s zeppelin airship Hindenburg burst into flames after hitting the landing mast on arrival at Lakehurst, New Jersey, killing 36 people

PUBLISHED: 22/04/2017; STORY: Graphic News
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