Category: This Day In History April 17
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
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
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.
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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