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This Day in History for Thursday 17th April 2014

Today's Historical Events

1397 - Geoffrey Chaucer tells the Canterbury Tales for the first time at the court of Richard II. Chaucer scholars have also identified this date (in 1387) as when the book's pilgrimage to Canterbury starts.
1920 - American Professional Football Association forms (NFL)
1937 - Cartoon characters Daffy Duck, Elmer J Fudd & Petunia Pig, debut
1982 - Canada adopts its constitution
2012 - The St Cuthbert Gospel, Europe's oldest intact book, purchased by the British Library for 9 million pounds

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Today's Famous Weddings

1929 - Baseball great Babe Ruth (34) marries 2nd wife Claire Merritt Hodgson (31)
1993 - "The Bangles" lead singer Susanna Hoffs (34) weds "Austin Powers" director Jay Roach (35)
1994 - Jennie Garth weds Dan Clark
2009 - World's no. 1 professional tennis player Andy Roddick (29) weds fashion model and actress Brooklyn Decker (25) in Austin, Texas
2011 - Actress and model Torrey Devitto (26) weds actor Paul Wesley (28) in New York

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