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    • April 17, 0069 "After the First Battle of Bedriacum, Vitellius becomes Roman Emperor."

    • April 17, 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.

    • April 17, 1492 Christopher Columbus signs contract with Spain to find the Indies

    • April 17, 1492 Spain and Christopher Columbus sign a contract for him to sail to Asia to get spices.

    • April 17, 1521 Martin Luther is excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church

    • April 17, 1521 "Martin Luther speaks to the assembly at the Diet of Worms, refusing to recant his teachings."

    • April 17, 1524 Giovanni da Verrazzano reaches New York harbor.

    • April 17, 1524 NY Harbor discovered by Giovanni Verrazano

    • April 17, 1555 "After 18 months of siege, Siena surrenders to the Florentine-Imperial army. The Republic of Siena is incorporated into the Grand Duchy of Tuscany."

    • April 17, 1758 "Francis Williams, first US black college graduate, publishes poems"

    • April 17, 1778 Sloop-in-war Ranger captures British brig

    • April 17, 1793 Battle of Warsaw

    • April 17, 1797 "Sir Ralph Abercromby attacks San Juan, Puerto Rico in what would be one of the largest invasions to Spanish territories in America."

    • April 17, 1808 Bayonne Decree by Napoleon I of France orders seizure of US ships

    • April 17, 1817 "First US school for the deaf (Hartford, Conn)"

    • April 17, 1824 Russia abandons all North American claims south of 54 40' N

    • April 17, 1852 "Asteroid 17, Thetis discovered"

    • April 17, 1853 US Marine Hospital at Presidio (SF) established

    • April 17, 1861 American Civil War: Virginia secedes from the Union.

    • April 17, 1861 "Asteroid 67, Asia discovered"

    • April 17, 1861 Virginia become 8th state to secede

    • April 17, 1865 Mary Surratt is arrested as a conspirator in Lincoln's assassination

    • April 17, 1875 """Snooker"" (variation of pool) invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain"

    • April 17, 1894 Nikita Khrushchev (USSR premier 1958­64) born

    • April 17, 1895 "The Treaty of Shimonoseki between China and Japan is signed. This marks the end of the First Sino-Japanese War, and the defeated Qing Empire is forced to renounce its claims on Korea and to concede the southern portion of the Fengtien province, Taiwan and the Pescadores Islands to Japan."

    • April 17, 1895 "Treaty of Shimonoseki signed, ends first Sino-Japanese War (1894-95)"

    • April 17, 1897 Thornton Wilder (American playwright) born

    • April 17, 1900 7 high chiefs of American Samoa sign Instrument of Cession

    • April 17, 1907 "Ellis Island immigration center processes 11,747 people, more than any other day."

    • April 17, 1924 "Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios is formed from a merger of Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures, and the Louis B. Mayer Company."

    • April 17, 1930 Abkhazian ASSR established in Georgian SSR

    • April 17, 1941 Office of Price Administration established (handled rationing)

    • April 17, 1941 World War II: The Kingdom of Yugoslavia surrenders to Germany.

    • April 17, 1942 POW French General Henri Giraud escapes from his castle prison in Festung Knigstein.

    • April 17, 1945 "In Stassfurt, Germany, U.S. Lieutenant Colonel Boris T. Pash seizes half a ton of uranium, in an attempt to foil Soviet Union plans to build an atomic bomb."

    • April 17, 1946 Last French troops leave Syria (National Day)

    • April 17, 1947 Jackie Robinson bunts for his first major league hit

    • April 17, 1953 Mickey Mantle hits a 565' (172 m) HR in Wash DC's Griffith Stadium

    • April 17, 1956 USSR's Cominform (Parliament) dissolves

    • April 17, 1956 Willie Mosconi sinks 150 consecutive balls in a billiard tournament

    • April 17, 1958 Brussel's (Belgium) World Fair opens

    • April 17, 1960 American Samoa sets up a constitutional government

    • April 17, 1961 "1,400 Cuban exiles land in Bay of Pigs attempt to overthrow Castro"

    • April 17, 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion: A group of CIA financed and trained Cuban refugees lands at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba with the aim of ousting Fidel Castro.

    • April 17, 1961 "Manos Hadjidakis receives an Academy Award in the best music category, for his Song Never on Sunday from the film of the same name."

    • April 17, 1964 Ford Mustang formally introduced ($2368 base)

    • April 17, 1964 Jerrie Mock becomes first woman to fly solo around the world

    • April 17, 1964 Jerrie Mock becomes the first woman to circumnavigate the world by air.

    • April 17, 1964 The Ford Motor Company unveils the Ford Mustang at the New York World's Fair.

    • April 17, 1967 Operation Linebacker II began in Mekong Delta

    • April 17, 1967 Shortwave Radio NY Worldwide goes back on the air after a week off

    • April 17, 1967 "Surveyor 3 launched; soft lands on Moon, April 20"

    • April 17, 1968 "P Wild discovers asteroids #1773 Rumpelstilz, #1830 Pogson,"

    • April 17, 1969 Czechoslovak Communist Party chairman Alexander Dubek is deposed.

    • April 17, 1969 Czechoslovakia's Communist Party chairman Alexander Dubcek deposed

    • April 17, 1969 Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy.

    • April 17, 1969 "The Band (formerly The Hawks), perform their first concert"

    • April 17, 1970 "Apollo 13 limps back safely, Beech-built oxygen tank no help"

    • April 17, 1970 Apollo program: The ill-fated Apollo 13 spacecraft returns to Earth safely.

    • April 17, 1970 "Paul McCartney's first solo album ""McCartney"""

    • April 17, 1971 "People's Republic of Bangladesh forms, under Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Mujibnagor."

    • April 17, 1973 Federal Express delivers its first package.

    • April 17, 1974 "Bundy victim Susan Rancourt disappears from CWU, Ellensburg, WA"

    • April 17, 1975 Cambodian Civil War ends: The Khmer Rouge captures the capital Phnom Penh and Cambodian government forces surrender.

    • April 17, 1975 "Khmer Rouge captures Phnom Penh, Cambodia (Kampuchea Natl Day)"

    • April 17, 1977 E F Helin & S J Bus discovers asteroid #2135 Aristaeus

    • April 17, 1978 Bill Rodgers wins his 2nd Boston Marathon

    • April 17, 1982 Number one hit on UK music charts - Bucks Fizz - My Camera Never Lies

    • April 17, 1982 "Patriation of the Canadian constitution in Ottawa by Proclamation of Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada."

    • April 17, 1983 First National Coin Week begins

    • April 17, 1983 "In Warsaw, police route 1,000 Solidarity supporters"

    • April 17, 1983 India entered space age launching SLV-3 rocket

    • April 17, 1983 "Nolan Ryan strikes out his 3,500th batter"

    • April 17, 1983 Wayne Gretsky scores 7 points in a playoff game

    • April 17, 1984 Police Constable Yvonne Fletcher is killed by gunfire from the Libyan People's Bureau in London during a small demonstration outside the embassy. Ten others are wounded. The events lead to an 11-day siege of the building.

    • April 17, 1986 "Treaty signed, ending Three Hundred and Thirty Five Years' War between the Netherlands and the Isles of Scilly."

    • April 17, 1987 "Julius Erving becomes the 3rd NBA player to score 30,000 points"

    • April 17, 1989 Soviet-US agreement allows Soviets to fight US pros

    • April 17, 1991 "Dow Jones closes for first time over 3,000"

    • April 17, 1991 Railroad workers go on strike in the US

    • April 17, 1991 "The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 3,000 for the first time ever gaining 17.58 to 3,004.46."

    • April 17, 2002 "Four Canadian Forces soldiers are killed in Afghanistan by friendly fire from two U.S. Air Force F-16s, the first deaths in a combat zone for Canada since the Korean War."







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