Monday, April 17, 2017
History for April 17 - On-This-Day.com:
J.P. (John Pierpoint) Morgan 1837 - Financier, Nikita Khrushchev 1894 - U.S.S.R. premier
Thornton Wilder 1897 - Novelist, playwright
Harry Reasoner 1923 - Newsman ("Sixty Minutes"), Olivia Hussey 1951 - Actress ("Ice Cream Man", "Psycho 4: The Beginning"), Sean Bean 1958 - Actor ("Goldeneye", "The Lord of the Rings" series)
1824 - Russia abandoned all North American claims south of 54' 40'.
1941 - Igor Sikorsky accomplished the first successful helicopter lift-off from water near Stratford, CT.
1946 - The last French troops left Syria.
1961 - About 1,400 U.S.-supported Cuban exiles invaded Cuba at the Bay of Pigs in an attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro. It was an unsuccessful attack.
1964 - The Ford Motor Company unveiled its new Mustang model.
1969 - In Los Angeles, Sirhan Sirhan was convicted of assassinating U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
1970 - Apollo 13 returned to Earth safely after an on-board accident with an oxygen tank.
1996 - Erik and Lyle Menendez were sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing their parents.