April 17 Events in History - April 17 Birthdays - April 17 Deaths



2013 An explosion at a fertilizer plant in the city of West, Texas, causes 15 deaths and major damage to nearby buildings, residences, a nursing home and middle school
2013 In the U.S., a centerpiece proposal on background checks aimed at tightening gun control, fails in a Senate vote
2012 U.S. billionaire Warren Buffet discloses that he has prostate cancer
2012 Jose Garc’a-Margallo y Marfil, Spain's foreign minister, attacks Argentina's decision to nationalize the Argentine oil company YPF
2011 The London Marathon is won by Emmanuel Matai, who set a new course record
2011 The Mid-April 2011 Southern United States tornado outbreak results in over 30 deaths; North Carolina is the state worst affected
2010 Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, calls for the US to be expelled from the international nuclear system because religion prohibits the use of nuclear weapons
2009 The 5th Summit of the Americas takes place in Port of Spain, Trinidad, thirty-four heads of government attend
1997 John Bell, 115, recieves new pacemaker
1997 New Jersey Devil Martin Brodeur is 2nd NHL goalie to score in a playoff game
1995 24th Boston Women's Marathon won by Uta Pippig of Germany in 2:25:11
1995 99th Boston Marathon won by Cosmas Ndeti of Kenya in 2:09:22
1994 "Little More Magic" closes at Belasco Theater New York City after 30 performances
1994 "Twilight - Los Angeles 1992" opens at Cort Theater New York City for 72 performances
1994 55th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Lee Trevino wins
1994 Aruba government of Oduber falls
1994 Jennie Garth weds Dan Clark
1994 Val Skinner wins LPGA Atlanta Women's Golf Championship
1993 Police officers found guilty of violating Rodney Kings civil rights
1993 STS-56, Discovery, lands
1991 Dow Jones closes above 3,000 for 1st time (3,004.46)
1991 Railroad workers go on strike in U.S.
1990 Gas explodes on passenger train in Kumrahar India, 80 die
1989 18th Boston Women's Marath won by Ingrid Kristiansen of Nor in 2:24:33
1989 93rd Boston Marathon won by Abebe Mekonen of Ethiopia in 2:09:06
1989 Maximum New York State unemployment benefits raised to $245 per week
1989 Polish labor union granted legal status
1989 Soviet-U.S. agreement allows Soviets to fight U.S. pros
1988 Ethiopian Belayneh Densimo runs world record marathon (2:06:50)
1988 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA AI Star/Centinela Hospital Golf Classic
1987 Julius Erving becomes 3rd NBA player to score 30,000 points
1987 New York Richard Wilbur appointed as U.S. poet laureate
1987 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1986 IBM produces 1st megabit-chip
1986 Netherlands and Scilly Islands sign peace treaty (war of 1651)
1986 Pulitzer prize awarded to Larry McMurtry for "Lonesome Dove"
1984 Braves pitcher Pascual Perez suspended due to cocaine usage
1984 Libyan embassy demonstration, 1 shot dead
1983 1st National Coin Week begins
1983 Grete Waltz runs female world record marathon (2:25:29)
1983 In Warsaw, police route 1,000 Solidarity supporters
1983 India entered space age launching SLV-3 rocket
1983 Lynn Adams wins LPGA Combanks Orlando Golf Classic
1983 Nolan Ryan strikes out his 3,500th batter
1983 Islanders tie NHL record with 3 shorthanded playoff goals vs Rangers Rangers 7-Isles 6-Patrick Div Finals-Isles hold 2-1 lead Wayne Gretzky scores 7 goals in one Stanley Cup playoff game
1982 Canada adopts its constitution
1982 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1981 Isle Potvin's 3 playoff power-play goals tie NHL record vs Oilers
1981 Ranger's Anders Hedberg is 2nd to score on a Stanley Cup penalty shot
1979 Brian Clark's "Whose Life is it Anyway?," premieres in London
1978 63,500,000 shares traded on New York stock exchange (record)
1978 7th Boston Women's Marathon won by Gayle Barron of Georgia in 2:44:52
1978 82nd Boston Marathon won by Bill Rodgers of Mass in 2:10:13
1978 Pulitzer prize awarded to Carl Sagan for "Dragons of Eden"
1977 "I Love My Wife" opens at Barrymore Theater New York City for 864 performances
1977 Christian-democrats win Belgium parliamentary election
1977 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Women's International Golf Tournament
1976 NL greatest comeback, trailing 12-1 Phillies win 18-16 in 10, Mike Schmidt hits 4 consecutive home runs
1975 Khmer Rouge captures Phnom Penh, Cambodia (Kampuchea National Day)
1975 Penguins 6-Isles 4-Quarterfinals-Penguins hold 3-0 lead
1974 Moslem fundamentalists assault military academy in Heliopolis Egypt
1973 2nd Boston Women's Marathon won by Jacqueline Hansen of CA in 3:05:59
1973 77th Boston Marathon won by Jon Anderson of Oreg in 2:16:03
1972 1st Boston Women's Marathon won by Nina Kuscsik of New York in 3:10:26
1972 76th Boston Marathon won by Olavi Suomalainen of Finland in 2:15:39
1972 Revised Dutch constitution proclaimed
1972 Kiteman attempting to throw out 1st ball in Phillie Vet crashes into centerfield seats
1971 Egypt, Libya and Syria form federation (FAR)
1971 People's Republic Bangladesh forms, under sheik Mujib ur-Rahman
1970 Apollo 13 returns back safely to Earth
1970 Paul McCartney's 1st solo album "McCartney" is released
1969 Bernadette Devlin elected to British house of commons
1969 Czechoslovakia's Communist Party chairman Alexander Dubcek deposed
1969 Mont Expos Bill Stoneman no-hits Phillies, 7-0
1969 Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Sen Robert F Kennedy
1969 The Band (formerly The Hawks), perform their 1st concert
1968 "Fade Out-Fade In" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City after 72 performances
1968 A's 1st game in Oakland-Alameda Stadium, lose 4-1 to Baltimore Orioles
1967 Shortwave Radio New York Worldwide goes back on the air after a week off
1967 Surveyor 3 launched; soft lands on Moon, April 20
1966 100th International soccer meet between Netherlands-Belgium (3-1)
1966 Carol Mann wins LPGA Raleigh Ladies Golf Invitational
1964 "Cafe Crown" opens at Martin Beck Theater New York City for 3 performances
1964 "High Spirits" opens at Alvin Theater New York City for 375 performances
1964 1st game at Shea Stadium, New York Mets lose to Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-3
1964 Ford Mustang formally introduced ($2368 base)
1964 Jerrie Mock becomes 1st woman to fly solo around the world
1961 1,400 Cuban exiles land in Bay of Pigs attempt to overthrow Castro
1961 33rd Academy Awards - "Apartment," Burt Lancaster and Liz Taylor win
1960 American Samoa sets up a constitutional government
1960 Cleveland Indians trade Rocky Colavito to Tigers for Harvey Kuenn
1958 Brussel's (Belgium) World Fair opens
1956 Bulgaria premier Tchervenkov resigns
1956 Kominform disbands
1956 Premium Savings Bonds introduced in Great Britain
1956 U.S.S.R.'s Cominform (Parliament) dissolves
1956 Willie Mosconi sinks 150 consecutive balls in a billiard tournament
1955 Betty Jameson wins LPGA Babe Didrikson Zaharias Golf Open
1953 Mickey Mantle hits a 565' (172 m) home run in Washington D.C.'s Griffith Stadium
1951 New York Yankee Mickey Mantle's 1st game, he goes 1 for 4
1947 Jackie Robinson bunts for his 1st major league hit
1946 Syria declares independence from French administration
1945 8th Air Force bombs Dresden
1945 German occupiers flood Wieringermeer, Netherlands
1945 Mussolono flees from Salo to Molan
1945 U.S. troops lands in Mindanao
1943 Admiral Yamamoto flies from Truk to Rabaul
1942 12 Lancasters bombs MAN-factory in Augsburg
1942 Operations begin to destroy Sobibor Concentration Camp
1941 British troop land in Iraq/Yugoslavia; surrender to nazis
1941 Office of Price Administration forms (handled rationing)
1939 Joe Louis KOs Jack Roper in 1 for heavyweight boxing title
1939 SN Behrman's "No Time for Comedy," premieres in New York City
1939 Stalin signs British-France-Russian anti-nazi pact
1937 Cartoon characters Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd and Petunia Pig, debut
1935 Provincial-National elections (Musserts NSB achieves 7.9%/44 chairs)
1934 New Fenway Park opens, Washington Senators beat Red Sox 6-5
1933 Chicago Bears win their 1st NFL Game beating New York Giants 23-21
1932 Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia ends slavery
1930 Abkhazian ASSR forms in Georgian SSR
1927 Japan's Wakarsoeki government falls/Baron Tanaka becomes premier
1925 New York Yankee Babe Ruth has ulcer surgery
1925 Paul Painleve follows Edouard Herriot on as French premier
1924 Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures and Louis B. Mayer merged to form MGM
1923 Longest NL opening game, Phillies and Dodgers tie 5-5 in 14
1920 American Professional Football Association forms (NFL)
1912 1st unofficial gold record (Al Jolson's "Ragging The Baby To Sleep")
1907 Ellis Island, New York - 11,745 immigrants arrive
1905 U.S. Supreme Court judges maximum work day unconstitutional
1900 7 high chiefs of American Samoa sign Instrument of Cession
1895 Treaty of Shimonoseki signed, ends 1st Sino-Japanese War (1894-95)
1892 1st Sunday NL baseball game, Reds beat Cards 5-1
1875 "Snooker" (variation of pool) invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain
1869 1st pro baseball games-Cincinnati Reds 24, Cincinnati amateurs 15
1865 Mary Surratt is arrested as a conspirator in Lincoln's assassination
1864 Battle of Plymouth, North Carolina
1864 Bread revolt in Savannah, Georgia
1864 Grant suspends prisoner-of-war exchanges
1863 R Grierson's: La Grange, Tennessee to Baton Rouge, Louisiana
1861 Indianola Texas - "Star of West" taken by Confederacy
1861 Virginia is 8th state to secede
1853 Thorbecke government resigns
1853 U.S. Marine Hospital at Presidio San Francisco forms
1839 Guatemala forms republic
1824 Russia abandons all North American claims south of 54 degrees 40' N
1817 1st U.S. school for deaf (Hartford, Conn)
1808 Bayonne Decree by Napoleon I of France orders seizure of U.S. ships
1793 Battle of Warsaw
1758 Francis Williams, 1st U.S. black college graduate, publishes poems
1747 French troops occupy Zeeuws-Flanders, Netherlands
1711 Charles VI Habsburg becomes king of Austria
1704 1st successful U.S. newspaper; published in Boston by John Campbell
1629 1st commercial fishery established
1596 Arch duke Albrecht of Austria occupies Calais
1555 Siena surrenders for Spanish troops
1534 Sir Thomas Moore confined in London Tower
1524 Giovanni Verrazano, a florentine navigator, discovers New York Bay
1492 Christopher Columbus signs contract with Spain to find Indies
1421 Dikes at Dort Holland breaks, 100,000 drown
858 Benedict III ends his reign as Catholic Pope











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