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 On this day April 9-15, 2023 (week 15) infographic
Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries on each day for the week.


On this day April 9-15, 2023 (week 15)

April 9, 2023 - April 15, 2023 - Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries for each day of the week. This week features the Grand National steeplechase, the drug Viagra, dust storms in the U.S. mid-west, the Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, Thomas Jefferson, the sinking of the Russian warship Moskva, and the Boston Marathon.

April 9, 2022: Amateur jockey Sam Waley-Cohen, a dentist, won the Grand National, the world’s most famous steeplechase, in his last ever race before retirement

April 10, 1998: The anti-impotence drug Viagra first went on sale in the United States. It was an instant success, with annual sales peaking in 2008 at $1.934 billion

April 11, 1935: Dust storms threatened many “dust bowl” states in the U.S. mid-west, bringing calls for the government to declare the region a disaster area

April 12, 1961: Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space, making a single orbit of the Earth in the spacecraft Vostok I. The flight lasted 108 minutes

April 13, 1743: Thomas Jefferson, American statesman and third President, from 1801-09, was born. He was a principal author of the Declaration of Independence

April 14, 2022: The Russian warship Moskva sank in the Black Sea. Ukraine claimed it hit the ship with two Neptune missiles, Russia blamed a munitions explosion onboard

April 15, 2013: Two bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon killed three people and injured 170. One attacker was later killed in a police shootout, the other was captured

PUBLISHED: 27/03/2023; DESIGN: Phil Bainbridge; PICTURE RESEARCH: Julie Mullins; EVENT SELECTION: Fiona Roberts and Susan Shepherd; PROOFING: Julie Mullins; TECHNICAL CONSTRUCTION: Fiona Roberts;; STORY: Julie Mullins; PICTURES: Getty Images, Newscom