Category: This Day In History April 17

Categories: This Day In History April



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Historic Events:

1492 - Christopher Columbus signs contract with Spain to find Indies

1875 - Snooker invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain

1941 - World War II: The Kingdom of Yugoslavia surrenders to Germany

1961 - Bay of Pigs Invasion Launched

1975 - Cambodia Falls to the Khmer Rouge

2013 - Same-sex marriage is legalized in New Zealand

Famous Birthdays:

1598 - Giovanni Riccioli, Italian astronomer (d. 1671)

1699 - Robert Blair, Scottish poet (Grave)

1741 - Samuel Chase, Signer of the Declaration of Independence

1837 - J. P. Morgan, Hartford, Connecticut, American banker/CEO (US Steel Corporation)

1852 - Cap Anson, Baseball Hall of Fame player and manager

Famous Deaths:

1080 - King Harald III of Denmark (b. 1041)

1790 - Benjamin Franklin, US, US Founding Father, inventor ambassador and writer (Poor Richards Almanac), dies at 84

1873 - Fyodor Petrovich Tolstoy, Russian artist (b. 1783)

1986 - Victor Hugo Espinoza (1929-1986) of El Paso, Texas died. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor on March 18, 2014 for his actions during the Korean War on August 01, 1952 in Chorwon, Korea.

National/International Days

American Samoa Flag Day - National holiday commemorating first raising of American flag; public holiday with singing, dancing, costumes and parades

Ellis Island Family History Day - Annual day recognizes acheivements and contributions made to America by Ellis Island immigrants and their descendants

Syrian Arab Republic ~ Independence Day - Proclaimed independence from League of Nations mandate in 1946




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