April 17th Events

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April 17th, 2069 (April 17 2069)EventAfter the First Battle of Bedriacum, Vitellius becomes Roman Emperor.
April 17th, 2006 (April 17 2006)EventNine people were killed and at least 40 wounded in a suicide bombing near the old central bus station in Tel Aviv. Islamic Jihad and Fatah s Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades both claimed responsibility for the attack.
April 17th, 2002 (April 17 2002)EventFour Canadian Forces soldiers are killed in Afghanistan by friendly fire from two United States Air Force F-16s, the first deaths in a combat zone for Canada since the Korean War.
April 17th, 1991 (April 17 1991)EventThe Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 3,000 for the first time ever gaining 17.58 to 3,004.46.
April 17th, 1986 (April 17 1986)EventThe Three Hundred and Thirty Five Years War between the Netherlands and the Isles of Scilly ends.
April 17th, 1984 (April 17 1984)EventPolice 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 woundedied in The events lead to an 11-day siege of the building.
April 17th, 1982 (April 17 1982)EventPatriation of the Canadian constitution in Ottawa by Proclamation of Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada.
April 17th, 1975 (April 17 1975)EventThe Cambodian Civil War ends. The Khmer Rouge captures the capital Phnom Penh and Cambodian government forces surrender.
April 17th, 1973 (April 17 1973)EventFederal Express delivers its first package.
April 17th, 1971 (April 17 1971)EventThe People s Republic of Bangladesh forms, under Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Mujibnagor.
April 17th, 1971 (April 17 1971)EventSierra Leone becomes a republic.
April 17th, 1970 (April 17 1970)EventApollo program: The ill-fated Apollo 13 spacecraft returns to Earth safely.
April 17th, 1969 (April 17 1969)EventSirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy.Robert F. Kennedy Quotes
April 17th, 1969 (April 17 1969)EventCzechoslovakian Communist Party chairman Alexander Dubcek is deposed.
April 17th, 1964 (April 17 1964)EventThe Ford Motor Company unveils the Ford Mustang at the New York World s Fair.
April 17th, 1964 (April 17 1964)EventJerrie Mock becomes the first woman to circumnavigate the world by air.
April 17th, 1964 (April 17 1964)EventShea Stadium opens.
April 17th, 1961 (April 17 1961)EventBay of Pigs Invasion: A group of CIA finances and trains Cuban refugees lands at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba with the aim of ousting Fidel Castro.Fidel Castro Quotes
April 17th, 1945 (April 17 1945)EventIn Stassfurt, Germany, United States Lieutenant Colonel Boris T. Pash seizes half a ton of uranium, in an attempt to foil Soviet Union plans to build an atomic bomb.Tom Ze Quotes
April 17th, 1942 (April 17 1942)EventPOW French General Henri Giraud escapes from his castle prison in Festung Konigstein.
April 17th, 1941 (April 17 1941)EventWorld War II: The Kingdom of Yugoslavia surrenders to Germany.
April 17th, 1924 (April 17 1924)EventMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios is formed from a merger of Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures, and the Louis B. Mayer Company.Louis B. Mayer Quotes
April 17th, 1907 (April 17 1907)EventThe Ellis Island immigration center processes 11,747 people, more than any other day.
April 17th, 1905 (April 17 1905)EventThe Supreme Court of the United States decides Lochner v. New York which held that the "right to free contract" was implicit in the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.
April 17th, 1895 (April 17 1895)EventThe Treaty of Shimonoseki between China and Japan is signedied in 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 17th, 1865 (April 17 1865)EventMary Surratt is arrested as a conspirator in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.Abraham Lincoln Quotes
April 17th, 1864 (April 17 1864)EventAmerican Civil War: Battle of Plymouth begins - Confederate forces attack Plymouth, North Carolina.
April 17th, 1861 (April 17 1861)EventAmerican Civil War: Virginia secedes from the United States.
April 17th, 1797 (April 17 1797)EventSir Ralph Abercromby attacks San Juan, Puerto Rico in what would be one of the largest invasions to Spanish territories in America.
April 17th, 1555 (April 17 1555)EventAfter 18 months of siege, Siena surrenders to the Florentine-Imperial army. The Republic of Siena is incorporated into the Grand Duchy of Tuscany.
April 17th, 1524 (April 17 1524)EventGiovanni da Verrazzano reaches New York harbor.
April 17th, 1521 (April 17 1521)EventMartin Luther speaks to the assembly at the Diet of Worms, refusing to recant his teachings.Martin Luther Quotes
April 17th, 1492 (April 17 1492)EventSpain and Christopher Columbus sign a contract for him to sail to Asia to get spices.Christopher Columbus Quotes
April 17th, 1397 (April 17 1397)EventGeoffrey 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.Geoffrey Chaucer Quotes

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